The Audiologist’s Guide to Hearing Aids, Personal Sound Amplification Products, Hearables, and Over-the-Counter Devices
This guidance was developed to assist audiologists in understanding the differences between prescription hearing aids and over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and in answering questions about these devices and to guide the evolution of clinical practices in light of the availability of OTC hearing aids.
This clinical guidance document describes recommended practices for the assessment of auditory function in children. The most appropriate protocol will be individualized for each child based on their developmental and/or chronological age and other relevant factors.
The Code of Ethics of the American Academy of Audiology is a set of principles intended to specify “professional standards that allow for the proper discharge of audiologists’ responsibilities to those served, and that protect the integrity of the profession” (American Academy of Audiology, 2016). Membership in the Academy requires that the member agrees to provide services in a manner that is consistent with the principles of the Code of Ethics.
An important aspect of the professional practice of audiology is clinical and laboratory research, publication of findings and related scholarly activity that addresses clinical questions and provides data and information that serve as the basis for evidence based clinical practice. As a profession, audiology needs solid evidence to provide guidance on clinical practice that involves constantly changing technology in the areas of auditory and vestibular system diagnostics and rehabilitation strategies including those involving surgically-implantable and externally worn devices.
The scope of practice in audiology has changed significantly over the last 20 years, and infection control has become an important issue. In the delivery of any health related service, it is the health professional’s responsibility to ensure the safety of all patients served.