Let Me Hear From You

Let Me Hear From You

Promote Awareness Nationally, TAKE ACTION LOCALLY!

By M. Patrick Feeney, PhD

October 2008 is the inaugural National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month celebration. This is an excellent time to promote your profession and your practice while educating the public on hearing protection. To help you get started the Audiology Awareness Month Subcommittee (under the Public Relations Committee) has developed a materials for you. Visit the site and view the materials available for use for members in private practice; hospitals and clinics; and schools, colleges, and universities. You can become an ambassador for audiology to your referral sources, colleagues in other fields, patients, and the general public. Think of this as a grassroots effort to educate the public on audiology and hearing protection.

In my stomping grounds at the University of Washington (UW) Medical Center, Michele Maczulajtys, AuD, will be taking folders around to each outpatient clinic desk and to each inpatient floor with information about audiology and hearing protection. The folders contain Academy brochures such as “What Is an Audiologist?” and “How's Your Hearing? Ask an Audiologist!” as well as information about helping hearing-impaired patients during their hospital visit or extended stay. The folder will also have information on our free assistive listening device loaner program for hospital stays or clinic visits.

Michele will also be providing an in-service presentation for the staff on inpatient floors on the use of assistive listening devices with patients. We also plan to staff an information booth in the hospital to provide information to patients and staff about audiology and how to protect their hearing. AuD students from the UW Speech and Hearing Program will help us staff the booth. Later in the month, we plan to provide an in-service about audiology for our own front-office staff, some of whom are new to our practice, using the BEST Committee’s: “Frontline Office Training Kit.”

Let me hear from you! How will your practice/organization be celebrating National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month? The three most creative plans will be voted on by you, the Academy members, at the end of October. The winners will receive a framed Ear Art picture of their choice. Send your story and photos to Christy Hanson. Please include your full contact information so we can easily contact the winners.

Last month in AT Extra I asked you to let me know how you would like to receive continuing education in ethics. The results are in. The percentages add up to more than 100% because you could vote for more than one item.

  1. I would prefer to keep abreast of ethics policies and guidelines by:
    a. Attending an eSeminar 53.5%
    b. Attending a talk at AudiologyNOW!® 25.7%
    c. Attending a talk at a state Academy convention 25.7%
    d. Attending a town meeting on Ethics at a state Academy convention where members could discuss ethics issues 31.7%
  2. As a new member benefit*, I think the Academy should offer free CEUs for an annual online ethics education opportunity.
    a. Agree 92.2%
    b. Disagree 7.8%

    *This meant a new benefit for members, not a benefit for new members.

    We will be discussing these results at the Board meeting in a few weeks. I will get back to you on any new initiatives based on the survey.