CASE STUDY

LINNER OTC Hearing Aids Case Study
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July 2, 2024

Stress and Hearing Loss: A Case Study of Ms. Limas' Journey to Improved Auditory Health

Ms. Limas*, a 73-year-old woman, experienced a sudden onset of bilateral normal sloping to severe sensorineural hearing following the death of her mother. This period of grief led her to high stress, anxiety, and depression, which she believed contributed to her hearing decline and constant tinnitus. Initially fitted with Phonak Audeo P90-R hearing aids, she found them uncomfortable and ineffective. In late 2021, she was fitted with Oticon More 2 R miniRITE hearing aids, which she expressed improved her hearing.

BY ASHLEY TILAHUN, AU.D., CCC-A, FAAA

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BY ASHLEY TILAHUN, AU.D., CCC-A, FAAA

June 5, 2024

A Case Study of Profound Hearing Loss in a 76-Year-Old Cochlear Implant Recipient

This case study follows the journey of Ms. Johnson*, a 76-year-old female with bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss, who utilizes a hearing aid, and is given recommendations for a cochlear implant by a clinical audiologist. She was initially seen at a hearing clinic with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss and benefited from a monaural hearing aid for the left ear. However, her condition deteriorated over time, leading to significant communication challenges. After thorough assessment and consultation, it was recommended that Ms. Johnson consider seeking medical and clinical evaluation for a cochlear implant, which could ultimately allow her to experience substantial improvements in her hearing and quality of life.

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BY ASHLEY TILAHUN, AU.D., CCC-A, FAAA

June 19, 2024

A Case Study on the Impact of Transient Ischemic Attacks on Auditory Perception and Treatment

This case study examines the challenges and processes involved in managing hearing loss in older adults, focusing on the effects of Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA), also known as mini-strokes on hearing, and the transition from basic hearing aids to more advanced clinical solutions. Ms. Maryfield*, a 79-year-old woman, experienced a gradual decline in her hearing due to multiple TIA of unknown cause. She initially used Bernafon CN9 receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aids from Costco starting in 2013, which worked well until 2020. After suffering several episodes of mini-strokes in 2020 that affected part of her right and left temporal lobes, her hearing and ability to understand speech declined.