By Jace Wolfe
This article is a part of the January/February 2024, Volume 36, Number 1, Audiology Today issue.
The field of audiology continues to evolve and expand, with employment of audiologists projected to grow 11 percent in the next decade—much faster than the average for all occupations.1 As such, there is a greater need to elevate the standard of pediatric audiology protocols and care to achieve optimal listening and spoken language (LSL) outcomes for children with hearing loss.
To stay on the forefront of innovation, professionals need to future-proof their practice and take it to the next level as a new collaborative standard of care emerges in the industry. For pediatric audiologists, it’s simply not an option to fall behind on the latest research, best practices, and evidence-based protocols yet many simply don’t have the time to dive into the peer-reviewed journals or travel to in-person conferences.
In the past, online learning presented more barriers than solutions with high costs, time-consuming courses, or outdated information. Hearing First has removed these barriers with its 2024 course catalog.
The evidence-based courses are tailored for the busy pediatric audiologist, focusing on the most relevant clinical topics at an intermediate to advanced learning level. Led by world-renowned pediatric hearing-health-care experts, learning is offered at no cost with continuing education credits available for the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and AG Bell.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Audiologists, at www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/audiologists.htm.