Useful screen overlays in counseling process

A positive and informative counseling experience is a crucial part of assessing and managing a patient's hearing loss. It's so important that the patient and their family are helped to fully understand the diagnosis and subsequent management plan. Screen overlays can help hugely in this task.

4 crucial benefits of using screen overlays

  1. The hearing care professional can use screen overlays to explain the nature of the hearing loss. This is especially useful for adults who are perhaps unaware of the impact that their hearing loss might be having on their daily lives. It can help to convince the patient of their need for hearing aids.
  2. Screen overlays can really help the client to see the link between the lines and numbers on the screen and how they are experiencing their hearing in everyday life.
  3. Screen overlays are great for use with children. For example, with a child who has been fitted with a cochlear implant or just a hearing aid, the pictorial displays can really help to get buy-in as regards home practice and to increase understanding as to why the therapist is working on particular sounds with them. And the difference it will make. It can help to get buy-in from the family too.
  4. You can print out overlay with pictorial representations of speech sounds and environmental sounds for the client to take home and use as a 'tool' to help explain to family and friends.

About the authors

Charlotte Ellemose Sonne is a Master of Linguistics and Communication (cand.ling.merc.), having graduated from Aarhus University in 2004. Before joining Interacoustics, Charlotte's working experience included, among other, a seven year stay at DONG Energy (now Ørsted) as a Language Specialist.

Dennis Mistry, BSc (Hons) Audiology, graduated from Aston University in 2011. Since November 2013, Dennis has served as a Clinical Product Manager at Interacoustics, as part of its Hearing Aid Fitting product management team.

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