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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.

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Enhancing Accessibility of Communication Sciences and Disorders Research: Open Access and Self-Archiving(ESB_Professional/shutterstock.com)

ONLINE OPINION EDITORIAL | Enhancing Accessibility of Communication Sciences and Disorders Research: Open Access and Self-Archiving

This article provides an overview of two open science practices in communication sciences and disorders. Readers will learn the importance of open access and self-archiving, as well as their benefits and drawbacks.

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Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | The Value We Deliver to Our Profession

There is a modern-day parable that I’ve seen in multiple online forums. The basic components of the story are as follows: A young man is gifted an old, heirloom pocket watch by his father, who instructs him to take it to a pawn shop and ask what they would pay for it. They offer only a few dollars, citing its scratched face. The father then instructs his son to take it to a watch shop, where he is offered several hundred dollars, due to its high-quality brand but need for repair.

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  • Hearing Aid
  • Pediatric Assessment

Best Practices for Infant Hearing Aid Fittings

Each year, nearly 6,000 newborns are identified with permanent hearing loss in the United States. For these infants to reach their full communicative potential, audiologists must be committed to providing the highest level of evidence-based care.

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Recognizing the Diverse Cultures of Patients and Their Families in the Clinic

Recognizing the Diverse Cultures of Patients and Their Families in the Clinic

One obstacle to cross-cultural understanding is the difficulty of interpreting the meaning and intended context of actions. Within the many cultures, some indicators are obvious, while many more are subtle (or even invisible) for the uninformed observer to recognize or understand. 

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Prescriptive Target Proximity in Children with Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Aid
  • Pediatric Assessment

Prescriptive Target Proximity in Children with Hearing Aids

Studies provide evidence that children with hearing aids who are fitted closer to target have better aided audibility, better speech-perception outcomes, and better language growth relative to children with less proximal fittings.

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The Audiologist’s Starring Role in Auditory-Verbal Therapy
  • Hearing Loss

The Audiologist’s Starring Role in Auditory-Verbal Therapy

The auditory-verbal  practitioner is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and/or teacher of individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Audiology and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System: Background Basics and Program Updates(Andrii Yalanskyi/shutterstock.com)

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Audiology and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System: Background Basics and Program Updates

This article provides an overview of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program, current participation requirements, and policy changes included in the Final Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Advocating for Diversity in Audiology: The Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act Main_Images-AuD_Advocate-min(Steven Valentino/shutterstock)

AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Advocating for Diversity in Audiology: The Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act

On November 17, 2021, H.R. 3320, the Allied Health Workforce Diversity (AHWD) Act sponsored by Representatives Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) was favorably reported out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the next stop will be consideration by the entire House of Representatives. Companion legislation in the Senate (S.1679) is sponsored by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). This legislation will help to increase the diversity of the audiology workforce and was first championed by the American Academy of Audiology in the previous Congress.

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ACADEMY NEWS | Certificate Holder-Audiology Preceptor Program Is Updated Main_Images-ANews_ABA-min(Monkey Business Images/shutterstock.com)

ACADEMY NEWS | Certificate Holder-Audiology Preceptor Program Is Updated

In 2016, the American Board of Audiology (ABA) introduced its first certificate program to complement certification programs. Instead of a certification that measures existing qualifications and may or may not involve passing an exam, a certificate program provides educational content with assessments of knowledge gained.

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ON TREND | Smoothing Your Patient’s Transition from Hearing Aids to Cochlear Implants

ON TREND | Smoothing Your Patient’s Transition from Hearing Aids to Cochlear Implants

For children and adults with severe or profound hearing loss who can no longer benefit from hearing aids, a cochlear implant (CI) is oftentimes the best solution, especially when used together with a hearing aid on the non-implanted ear.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Audiology Is Going Places…Don’t Miss the Boat - AT336-Main_Images-PM (Provided_by_Sarch_Sydlowski)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Audiology Is Going Places…Don’t Miss the Boat

As I begin my term as Academy president, our organization is working diligently to achieve that elusive state of flow. Through alignment, focus, teamwork, and communication, our efforts will deliver the greatest impact and value to our members, succeeding in propelling us ever closer to our goals.

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Hearing Loss and Dementia AT336-Main_Images-F1-min(Suzanne_Chanesman)
  • Dementia
  • Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss and Dementia

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.

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