In recent months, many new stakeholders have emerged within the hearing health-care system, including retail chains, hearable and PSAP companies, and technology groups (e.g., Consumer Technology Association).
This article is in reponse from the editor to comments about the article titled, “The Impending Spondee Crisis: Audiology in the Age of the Millennial,” published at www.audiology.org (June 14, 2016), by author Frank Bialostozky.
The landscape of health care is continually changing and there is no part of the health-care system, including all providers that is not impacted by these changes. This impact extends to all patients, as they are facing larger out-of-pocket medical costs than ever before.
Author(s): John E. TeccaKristy K. DeitersGreg Flame
Part 1 provided a rationale for routine use of outcome measures. Part 2 discusses different ways in which the outcome survey has been used, and some information about the characteristics of the patients and the hearing aids they use.
Audiologists possess amazing knowledge and skills that can change someone’s life, but we have had a difficult time spreading the word. The work we do day in and day out can truly enhance the quality of life of the individuals we serve.
As far as survival of the independent practitioner, Clayton Christensen’s model suggests that, in our case, the disruptive innovation is not the “corporatization of audiology,” rather the disruptive force is the failure of audiologists to unite to help themselves when confronted with extinction.
When posed with the question, “Why become an audiologist?” many of us have the same answer. It was not because the idea of working with hearing aids seemed thrilling or that we were yearning to fill out an audiogram on a daily basis.
The second annual Clinical Education Forum was held April 8, 2017, in Indianapolis during AudiologyNOW! This year, ACAE jointly collaborated with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) in planning the program.