About Audiology Today
AT is the American Academy of Audiology’s award-winning magazine of, by, and for audiologists. Each issue of this full-color, bimonthly magazine provides comprehensive reporting on topics relevant to audiology, including clinical activities and hearing research, current events, news items, professional issues, individual-institutional-organizational announcements, and other areas within the scope of practice of audiology.
The November/December 2021 issue of Audiology Today has been released. Enjoy the most recent issue!
- Hearing Loss
More research is required to improve our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying hearing loss and dementia. Current audiological clinical protocols for older adults need to accommodate for cognitive function by incorporating suitable referral pathways, including hearing assessments, cochlear implant mapping, hearing aid programming processes, and counseling techniques.
Due to the high prevalence of hearing loss in older adults residing in assisted-living facilities, an interactive training experience was developed for staff members working in a local assisted-living facility. The training focuses on the psychosocial impacts of hearing loss, effective communication strategies, and hands-on experience with troubleshooting and maintaining hearing aids.
- Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
While we do not have access to a crystal ball, one thing is certain: Change is coming. This article shares the opinions and thoughts of private practitioners as they work through the over-the-counter hearing aid environment.
- Hearing Screening
As many hearing-health-care professionals are aware, available, affordable, and accessible hearing screening for all Americans could increase access to necessary hearing rehabilitation, including hearing aids.
Clinical data has shown a correlation between viral infection and tinnitus/hearing loss. Based on this data amid the current global COVID-19 pandemic, patients presenting with complaints of tinnitus and hearing loss could be on the rise.
It is the goal of the American Academy of Audiology Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) to spotlight initiatives and activities where members work to address local- and state-level payer concerns. This article summarizes recent efforts in Texas to address state-level payer policy issues after Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding changes were released in January 2021.
There are multiple issues under consideration at both the federal and state level that have the potential to significantly impact both the profession of audiology and the delivery of hearing-health care.
- Cochlear Implant
- Hearing Loss
As I discovered more about Lou, I found myself instantly rooting for him in his bodybuilding journey and learned that he had lost much of his hearing as a child. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet Lou on several occasions and was honored to catch up with him during Better Hearing Month to discuss his recent cochlear implant surgery.
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