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Audiology Today July/August 2019

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ACADEMY NEWS | Differentiating Fact from Fiction: The Challenge to Members for Outreach in Hearing Health Care

In an article by a graduate student at the University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMB), Amanda Labuza spoke to the importance of outreach and relayed her experience with UMB’s Neuroscience Outreach and Volunteer Association (NOVA). 

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Captioned Phone Services: Best-Practice Guidance

In April 2019, the American Academy of Audiology (Academy) and the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA), released the document Suggested Best Practices for Audiologists’ Determination of Need for Captioned Phone Services.

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ACAE CORNER | Infusing Evidence-Based Practice in AuD Education: Report from the 2019 Clinical Education Forum

The fourth annual Clinical Education Forum was held the morning of Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Academy’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | American Board of Audiology Certification: A look at changes in the certification process

The significant changes in the American Board of Audiology (ABA) certification process are generating a number of questions from current and prospective certificants.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Say the Word “Survey”: Inspiring Data-Driven Change for Audiology Externships

Since the creation of the AuD, many conversations have taken place to evaluate audiology education and the externship, but few of those have included large perspectives from significant stakeholders—students and recent graduates.

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Getting to Know the New Trustees

This year, the American Academy of Audiology Foundation welcomes five new trustees to help carry on the Foundation’s philanthropic mission.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Potential Pitfalls in Cochlear-Implant Billing and Reimbursement

As cochlear implant awareness increases and more individuals receive cochlear implants, the demand for related audiological services is growing across the country. To meet this need, many audiologists have begun to add, or are considering adding, cochlear implant services to their practices. 

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Reach Your Ideal Patient and Stay in Touch

There are many companies that target potential customers by basing their reach on their current customers. While that is an effective way to know that you’re reaching prospects, you may not be reaching the customers you want and your ideal audience/customer may still be out there.

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Essential Oils for Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, and Vertigo

Essential oils have not been proven to be effective for hearing loss, tinnitus relief, or vertigo despite the claims made on numerous websites. While user testimonials abound, personal statements are not a substitute for proper medical care to establish a cause for these problems.

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Broaching Difficult Conversations: Recommendations for Audiologists

Among the seven characteristics of person-centered care, the sixth characteristic—a holistic outlook for those we serve—draws attention to our need to confront the uncomfortable with patients. Two such uncomfortable topics include childhood bullying and encroaching dementia.

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The Terminology of False and Exaggerated Hearing Loss

Benefits would accrue from adopting a single term or phrase to refer to the topic. This word or phrase would unify the basic meaning—and only that meaning—of all the other terms, while avoiding their illusion of accuracy and specificity.

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Embracing Change in Audiological Treatment: Over-the-Counter Hearing Devices

The Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act (FDARA), signed into law in August 2017, included language that required the FDA to establish a new category of OTC hearing devices.

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Audiological Counseling Practices: Survey of VA Dispensing Audiologists

Learn more about the topics that VA audiologists usually discuss with their patients and how much time they are spending with their patients to provide audiological counseling.

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KNOW HOW | Lessons for a New Professional Becoming a Clinical Supervisor

As a new professional, I’ve had to learn how to become a clinical supervisor. While I learned the needed skills, I was fortunate to have very supportive, talented colleagues, as well as consistent contact from clinic coordinators at local universities. 

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