drawer syndrome

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Subject: drawer syndrome
Posted by:  Ken (kkerris…@ozemail.com.au)
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008

I have often mentioned the 'drawer syndrome' where a high proportion
of hearing aids finish up there because the fitee has not been
adequately briefed/helped/counseled in the negotiation of the steep
learning curve which all the long-term members of this group have
successfully negotiated.  (A recent poster saddened me - a dispenser
fitted him with aids to try and had him wander around a shopping
center; even more ridiculous are the 'audiologists' who pop on a pair
of hearing aids and ask: 'How does that sound?'. Correct answer: it
sounds like garbage - as any reasonably competent audiologist would
know without asking the stupid question. Anyone with their first set
of hearing aids who attempts a judgment of their usefulness in less
than a month of constant use is a bit like George W Bush's invasion of
Iraq - a decision based on inadequate data is not really a decision -
tossing a coin would yield results of similar quality.)

What prompted all that is that I found the following in the hearing
advocacy group (not that I am impressed with its other contents -
singularly shallow in its exploration of HOH problems):

'Empirical data indicates that nearly 20% of workable hearing aids lie
in bureau drawers, factoring to 100,000's of unused aids.'