Audiology Today January/February 2020

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | I Hope You Hear “Of Course!”

I hope 2020 is full of people responding to you with “of course.” The world needs more people saying “…of course.” Whether it is “of course you are welcome here” or “of course I’ll help.” Even “yes” isn’t as good as “of course.” “Yes” means it could have been “no”—“of course” means there was neve

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READERSHIP SURVEY RESULTS | Audiology Today Summary 2019

On October 28, 2019, the editorial staff of Audiology Today (AT) sent Academy members a readership survey to gain insight into reader demographics, work settings, patient populations, and reader preferences.

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Learning to Listen: Audiologists Are Pivotal

What can audiologists do in their daily practice to support a child’s development of listening skills?

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Enhancing the Auditory Experience in Children with Hearing Aids

Pediatric audiologist Ryan McCreery, PhD, will present the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology on April 3 at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo in New Orleans. 

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Behavioral Economics: A Conversation with Dr. Daniel Mochon, AAA 2020 Keynote Presenter

Dr. Mochon is a behavioral economist focused on consumer behavior and decision making. Academy President Catherine Palmer, PhD, met with him at Tulane University to learn more about his work. This is her report of their conversation.

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Friendship and Loneliness in Children and Adolescents with Hearing Loss

Every child represents a unique amalgamation of communication skills and temperament characteristics, highlighting the importance of explicitly asking individual children and adolescents with hearing loss about their social interactions to gauge the need for provision of referrals and resources.

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Behavioral Techniques in Pediatric Audiology

Combining behavior-altering strategies with principles of child psychology can guide us in making a child more amenable to testing.

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ON TREND | Expand Your Mobile Test Offering to Include Solo Play Audiometry

Pediatric audiologists are experts on conditioned-play audiometry (CPA). They often work in teams of two, with one operating the audiometer and the other sitting with the child in the booth to help keep the child on task.

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EDUCATIONAL AUDIOLOGY | Scope of Practice for Educational Audiology

The Educational Audiology Association (EAA) recently developed and approved a scope of practice (SOP) for audiologists who work in educational settings. The SOP describes essential practice areas that are unique to the practice of educational audiology (EAA, 2019). 

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Medicare QPP Rules for 2020

Under the final Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule for 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new Audiology Specialty Measure Set for audiology participation in the Quality category of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) (2020 performance period/2022 pa

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Building Grassroots Advocates at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo

An integral component of successful advocacy in an association is the strength of the grassroots network. Staff can lay the groundwork and make the necessary connections with legislative and regulatory offices; however, what can be most impactful is the messaging of many individual members.

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ACADEMY NEWS | Jerry Northern Scholarship in Pediatric Audiology

The AAA Foundation is excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for students interested in pediatric audiology. 

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