Strategies for Patients with Hearing Loss


Course Description:

Working with patients with hearing loss can be challenging. This course will teach rehabilitation staff the basics of hearing loss. Understanding hearing loss conditions, ways to modify treatments, and guiding those with hearing loss to improved rehabilitation outcomes will be covered. 

Course Outcomes:

1. Participants will be able to describe functional aspects of hearing loss and will be able to identify why address hearing loss matters with all rehabilitation patients.

2. Participants will be able to describe basic hearing loss screening and assessment techniques that can be utilized by all healthcare providers.

3. Participants will be able to describe and utilize functional communication modifications to improve interactions with patients who have hearing loss. 

Speaker Bio:

Rachel Lamb, AuD, CCC-A joined Oklahoma Hearing Center in 2013, working as an audiologist since 1995. Dr. Lamb performs a variety of diagnostic evaluations for hearing and balance. She counsels and fits patients with hearing aids and other assistive listening devices and works with cochlear implants and osseo-integrated devices to explore all options available to patients as they strive to improve their communication. Dr. Lamb earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Public Service from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She then completed her Master of Arts in Audiology at The University of Memphis in Tennessee in 1995. Finally, in 2016, she completed her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Lamb worked in a variety of settings in Tennessee, Texas and Georgia before moving to Oklahoma in 2002. Before joining Oklahoma Hearing Center, she was a manager at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City for ten years, working as both a clinical audiologist and managing the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Departments. Her personal time is juggled between spending time with her husband and homeschooling their two daughters – which includes choir, piano lessons, cheerleading, co-ops and church activities. 

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