American Academy of Audiology Direct-to-Consumer Information Toolkit
Welcome to the American Academy of Audiology Direct-to-Consumer Information Toolkit! This toolkit is the result of collaboration between the 2012 Business Enhancement Strategies and Techniques (BEST) Committee in partnership with a workgroup convened to assist audiologists in the direct-to-consumer model, consisting of leadership from the Coding and Reimbursement and Government Relations Committees, among others.
The proliferation of direct-to-consumer hearing aid delivery models has presented challenges to the practice of audiology. This kit was designed to provide tools and resources to help you address this evolving service delivery model while maintaining a successful and vital practice where the audiologist remains central in the provision of hearing healthcare diagnosis and treatment practices.
The kit will address the following:
- Chapter 1: Providing non-medical treatment to patients who obtained amplification directly from the internet (or mail order) without audiologist's assistance
- For Audiologists: Managing Patients Who Have Purchased Hearing Aids Elsewhere
- For Your Patients: Customizable consumer education material
- What is an audiologist? Why do I need an audiologist for a successful hearing aid fitting?
- What are the costs associated with fitting hearing aids?
- Online hearing tests: How are these used and how effective are they?
- What is the difference between a hearing aid and a personal sound amplifier? ( includes FDA information)
- Chapter 2: The American Academy of Audiology's Guide to Itemizing Your Professional Services
- Chapter 3: Legislative Updates (as of 2013)