Audiology Today July/August 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Is It Time for Audiology to Consider a Prescriptive Approach for Amplification?

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).

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR | Impending Spondee Crisis

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.

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KNOW HOW | Impact of Daily Operations on Business

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.

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Hearing Health Delivery: An Interview with Larry Humes, PhD

Dr. Humes shares his recent clinical trial results on comparing audiologist-delivered and consumer-decides models of hearing-health delivery.

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The Use of Outcome Measures in Clinical Practice [Part 2]

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.

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I’m An Audiologist. Come Again? The Public Un-Awareness of Audiology

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.

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Audiology Assistant Scope of Practice and Utilization: Survey Results

Although audiologists are open to the idea of using assistants, professional insecurity and the fear of job displacement may be preventing such implementation from taking place. 

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The Future of Independent Practice in Audiology

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.

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ARC17 Pediatrics: Advancement in Assessment and Rehabilitation

This year’s Academy Research Conference (ARC) focused on current translational investigation of assessment and (re)habilitation of children with hearing loss.

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CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION | The Effect of Neonatal Jaundice on Infants’ Auditory Mechanism in Nigeria

Welcome back to an ongoing series that challenges the audiologist to identify a diagnosis for a case study based on a listing and explanation of the nonaudiology and audiology test battery.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Audiology Organizations Address FAQs in New Coding Document

Most recently, the groups worked together to create guidance addressing various issues related to coding and reimbursement for audiology services. 

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Humanitarian Audiology: A Call Not Far from Home

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.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Audiology Preceptor Education: Great Opportunities for You!

Historically, audiology students were supervised either in the university clinic or at community audiology practices by experienced audiologists.

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ACAE CORNER | Summary of the Second Annual Clinical Education Forum at AudiologyNOW! 2017

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. 

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Recess Provides Opportunities to Get Involved

As we head into July, we anticipate the upcoming weeks will be busy as Congress works to tie up pressing legislative business before adjourning for the annual August congressional recess.

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