The European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) announced that its Hearing Implants expert group has published a new guideline for “Implanted Hearing Systems in Auditory Acoustics.” According to EUHA, it is intended to serve as a practical recommendation for hearing aid acousticians. 

Hearing implant solutions are an alternative to conventional hearing systems. Just like those who use hearing systems, people with an implanted hearing system also depend on reliable care before, during, and after implantation, care that should be performed as close to home as possible. Among other things, the competence of a hearing aid acoustician is required. 

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For this reason, the EUHA, as a specialist organization of hearing aid acousticians, set up an expert group on hearing implants at the beginning of 2022. The interdisciplinary group headed by Eva Keil-Becker, EUHA Vice President and master craftswoman of hearing aid acoustics, concentrated on the role played by hearing aid acousticians in the context of hearing implant care. The result of this collaboration is “Implanted Hearing Systems in Auditory Acoustics,” that the EUHA published in mid-October 2022. 

“We would like to see hearing implants of consistently high quality for all those affected,” said Keil-Becker, explaining her commitment. “My colleagues in the hearing aid shops play a large part in this. For a great number of people with hearing loss, they are the most important point of contact, alongside the ENT specialist.”

The central topic of the guideline is the services provided by hearing aid acousticians based on three possible qualification levels concerning hearing implants. According to the guideline, hearing aid acousticians without additional qualifications in the field of implant care can primarily give advice on the subject, while acousticians with further training and hearing implant service provide wide-ranging support to the persons concerned before and after implantation; they can also carry out services such as maintenance and repairs. Furthermore, hearing aid acousticians are mentioned who have completed further training to become hearing implant specialists, or CI acousticians, and can also carry out long-term, follow-up care, if necessary. What is critical at all skill levels is the willingness to work closely with the other disciplines involved in hearing implant care. The preamble to the new guideline also emphasizes this fact. 

“To me, it is important that hearing aid acousticians correctly document and interpret all customer data, recognize the cases in which alternative treatment options are indicated, and also provide information about them,” said Keil-Becker.

In addition to Keil-Becker, the group of experts who developed the guideline include master craftswoman of hearing aid acoustics Monika Mayer and master craftsmen of hearing aid acoustics Michael Willenberg and Eberhard Aigner as well as ENT specialist Professor Dr Anke Lesinski-Schiedat. The EUHA regularly publishes guidelines on current topics as practical recommendations for its members and all hearing aid acousticians interested – for instance on “Custom-made Earmolds for Fitting Hearing Systems,” “Wireless Remote Microphone Systems – Configuration, Verification, and Measurement of Individual Benefit,” and “The Practice of Calibrating Test Boxes.”

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Source: EUHA