Hearing Aids have been very useful to people with hearing problems over the years. Even so, the process of fitting Hearing Aids has not been an easy one. This is mainly due to a significant lack of sufficient personnel to satisfy patient needs.
Various audiological technologies have been developed to improve the process of delivering professional Hearing care. Remote Hearing Aid fitting has been a significant milestone in Hearing professional care. This process has enabled individuals with Hearing impairment to get the best services with regards to tuning and maintenance of the Aids.
A research conducted by TeleHealth in 2012 revealed that 78% of Hearing impaired patients were ready for Remote Hearing Aid Programming. On the same note, the research enlightened that only 20% of the Hearing Care Professionals (HCPs) were ready for such technology.
Needless to say, there was a big difference between the affinity for Remote Hearing Aid Fittings and the ability to provide such patient-care services. Many TeleHealth institutions such as Phonak have been working to bridge this difference by developing wireless technologies that would facilitate reliable hearing care services.
Much recently (and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic), Phonak has been able to develop a Fully RHAP. The development enables HCPs to be able to provide remote audiological care to the respective patients.
Fully Remote Hearing Aid programming has now been expanded to incorporate the following hearing care services:
- Hearing Screening
- Audiogram Screening
- Fitting and Programming
Fully Remote Hearing Aids Programming technologies now encompass a hearing screening program. The development enables patients to run a live test to determine whether they need Hearing assistance. Further, the individual could also conduct a hearing test to determine whether the Aid is optimal for patient use.
RHAP could enable the fine-tuning of the Aids after a hearing test. More so, remote programming allows the patient to be able to use the telehealth technology to simulate the patient’s environment and acoustics using audiogram signals. This provides much better service than the face to face meetings in which the HCPs tune the hearing aids subject to the hearing center’s acoustics.
Besides, the application of seamless wireless technologies enables HCPs to be able to run a live test as well as a simulation of the patient's live environment. Therefore, this means that fitting of Aids can now be performed remotely, under the guide of an HCP.
It is also worth mentioning that Remote Hearing Aids allow the patients to be able to have extremely fast patient care. Most Hearing programs, software, and applications are compatible with almost all web-based and smartphone platforms. It means that the patients can be able to have instantaneous hearing care with the available HCPs directly.
A Fully Remote Hearing Aid Program encompasses the provision of all hearing care services. It applies to patients at the early stages of ear damage to the most severe cases, and from the comfort of one’s home. It is the best hearing care practice with the outbreak of COVID-19 and for future applications.