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Modern Hearing Aids
Verification, Outcome Measures, and Follow-Up

Ruth Bentler, H Gustav Mueller, Todd A. Ricketts
748 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Hardcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Modern Hearing Aids: Verification, Outcome Measures, and Follow-Up focuses on the selection and fitting of hearing aids and the outcome procedures and measures that follow. The world-renowned authors provide guidance for selecting prescriptive fitting approaches and detailed protocols for the use of behavioral measures and real-ear speech mapping to both verify the fitting and assess special hearing aid features. Extensive discussion is included regarding the techniques, procedures, and test protocols for probe-microphone measures. The authors have included numerous postfitting tests that can be conducted along with step-by-step protocols for their administration and scoring. Follow-up care and auditory training options also are reviewed.

Written in an accessible and easy-to-read style, this text includes not only reference information, but also tools supported by research and clinical experience. The information is presented in a way that is both accessible to clinical students with little experience in the field and with enough depth for even the serious hearing aid researcher.

Key features include

  • Brief paragraphs identified as "Technical Tips," "Key Concepts," "Things to Remember," "Points to Ponder," and "Soapbox" for quick reference
  • "Endnotes" at the back of the book--interesting tidbits of information not quite relevant enough to include in the chapters, but too good to toss aside
  • Humor infused throughout


  • Sonam Sehemby, Audiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, UK, ENT and Audiology News (May/June 2017):
    "'Modern Hearing Aids' has the right balance of light-heartedness and formal writing to keep the reader interested throughout. Looking at the overall book, it as quite a lot of information that is relevant to experienced clinicians, newly qualified clinicians and students. However, some of the more in-depth chapters such as: 'Prescriptive Formulas and Programming' and 'Probe Microphone Clinical Uses' may be better suited to students as it provides the reader with an extensive background and history as well as in-depth information on what to do in a clinical setting. While these sections may appear to be better suited to students, or even newly-qualified clinicians, the added 'technical tips', 'points to ponder' and 'soapbox' sections definitely provide food for thought and can bring a change to the way experienced clinicians validate and verify hearing aids. Each chapter also includes smaller sections titles 'key concepts' and 'things to remember' which highlight some of the main points in the chapter and things which may be useful to use within the clinical setting on a day-to-day basis. With this in mind, the authors have remained successful in their approach to the target audience. The book doesn't just look at the technical side of hearing aid fittings: the chapters looking at 'Auditory Rehabilitation and Validation: Self-Report Outcomes' allow the reader to look at the whole picture. From setting up the hearing aid to ensuring the patient is happy with what they leave the clinic with. Overall, the book is very informative, providing the reader with relevant information to keep them interested throughout."


Chapter 1. Evidence-Based Practice

Chapter 2. Electroacoustic (and Other) Quality Control Techniques

Chapter 3. Corrections, Conversions, and Calculations

Chapter 4. Prescriptive Formulas and Programming

Chapter 5. Behavioral Assessment During Clinical Fittings

Chapter 6. Probe-Microphone Measures: Rationale and Procedures

Chapter 7. Probe Microphone Clinical Uses

Chapter 8. Hearing Aid Orientation and Troubleshooting

Chapter 9. Auditory Rehabilitation

Chapter 10. Validation: Self-Report Outcomes


About The Authors

Ruth Bentler

Ruth Bentler, PhD, CCC-A, is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder at the University of Iowa. A native Iowan, Dr. Bentler did not stray far from her roots, as her 40-year professional career has been at the University of Iowa, where she also obtained her professional degrees. She is a fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. As the director of the Hearing Aid Laboratory for Basic and Applied Research, Dr. Bentler has been involved in numerous research endeavors involving the effectiveness of modern hearing aid features. She teaches graduate courses related to hearing aids and adult auditory rehabilitation, and has published more than 100 articles and book chapters on the topic.

H Gustav Mueller

H. Gustav Mueller, PhD, is a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University and has faculty appointments at the University of Northern Colorado and Rush University. He also serves as the senior contributing editor for AudiologyOnline and consulting editor for Plural Publishing. He is a founder of the American Academy of Audiology and a fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association, and has co-authored numerous books, including the recent Plural Publications: Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids, Speech Mapping and Probe Microphone Measurements, and Modern Hearing Aids (Volumes I and II). Dr. Mueller is the co-founder of the popular website and resides on a North Dakota island, just outside of Bismarck.

Todd A. Ricketts

Todd A. Ricketts, PhD, CCC-A, is a professor at Vanderbilt Medical Center, the vice chair in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, and the director of the Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Ricketts' research focuses on various aspects of hearing, hearing aids, and cochlear implants, and he has published more than 100 articles and book chapters on the topics. Although Dr. Ricketts grew up a Midwesterner and completed his academic training at the University of Iowa, he left the plains and cornfields for the beautiful hills and trees of Tennessee, which he has made his home for almost twenty years.

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