Audiology Today January/February 2017

The American Academy of Audiology promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research. Dive into the January/February 2017 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Where Is the Outrage?

On December 1, 2016, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016.

Illustration of Shakespear holding a extra large in the ear hearing aid - To Fit or Not to Fit: Adults with Mild Hearing Loss?

KNOW HOW | To Fit or Not to Fit: Adults with Mild Hearing Loss?

Audiologists see a variety of hearing losses, mild sloping to severe, flat, and precipitous. We do not question to recommend amplification for a patient with a moderate hearing loss or a high-frequency, mild-to-severe hearing loss. But what about a mild, high-frequency hearing loss?

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Considering the Classroom: Educational Access for Children Fitted with Hearing Assistive Technology

A careful assessment and regular monitoring of appropriate accommodations and services can improve auditory access for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the classroom. This is not simply a matter of providing educational access. This is a matter of educational equity for these children.

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Back to the Future: Dr. Anu Sharma Is the 2017 Downs Lecturer at AudiologyNOW!®

Since 2005, the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology has been the highlight for pediatric audiologists attending AudiologyNOW!, the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology. This lecture series is supported with a grant from The Oticon Foundation.

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Supporting Communication in Infants with Hearing Loss Prior to Cochlear Implantation

Now, rather than simply waiting for a cochlear implant, parents can feel empowered to teach their infant with hearing loss fundamental prelinguistic skills that do not depend on access to sound.

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Influencers of Business Success in 2017

While no one can predict the future, one thing is certain—change will occur, and if recent events are reliable predictors of what’s to come, 2017 will be a year of change for audiology.

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Kids Need Two Ears!

With our understanding of the disabling effects of unilateral hearing loss (UHL) in children, and with the increased consideration/use of cochlear implants (CIs) in UHL adults, research is needed to determine efficacy of CIs in pediatric populations for auditory and psycho-educational success.

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Founder’s Interview: Dr. Fred Bess

An interview with one of the Academy's founding members, Fred Bess, PhD.

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Welcome back to an ongoing series that challenges the audiologist to identify a diagnosis for a case study based on a listing and explanation of the nonaudiology and audiology test battery.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Increase Your Coding Specificity with New ICD-10-CM Codes

On October 1, 2016, new ICD-10-CM codes were released that increase the specificity of hearing loss codes, applying specifically to coding the type of hearing loss when it differs between ears.

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Public Awareness of Us

In 2002, Friends was one of the most watched shows on television, the Euro became the official currency of the European Union, and flip phones were the latest in cellular technology.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | The Ultimate Guide for Students at AudiologyNOW!® 2017

Students interested in attending the SAA Conference have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of registration. Applications for the SAA Conference Scholarship are available on the SAA website and are due January 31, 2017.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Expanding Knowledge and Skills Through Certificate Training

The American Board of Audiology (ABA) continues its expansion of services to meet the needs and requests of audiologists.

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ACAE CORNER | Audiology Education in an Era of Government Oversight (Is Big Brother Watching?)

As we think about the year to come, let’s renew our focus on achieving excellence in higher education by rigorous accreditation.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Prepare to Engage

For the better part of two years, the 2016 presidential election has captured the nation’s attention and dominated the local, state, and national news.

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ACADEMY NEWS | AuD Education Summit: Review and Summary

The focus of the meeting was on challenges for clinical education and, in particular, the consideration of transitioning the fourth-year externship to a residency model.

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ACADEMY NEWS | 2015 Externship Survey Analysis

The externship is a model of clinical education used by some doctor of audiology programs. While not standardized or mandated, it is commonly a 36–52 week immersive experience during which students engage in hands-on patient care as part of a clinical team. In 2015, a survey was distributed to audiology students nationwide to investigate the student experience during the externship application process. The survey consisted of 17 questions including quantitative, qualitative, rankings, and free response options. This article is a brief analysis of the 245 responses.

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ACADEMY NEWS | Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC) 2016—That’s a Wrap!

Another smashing group of young professionals assembled at the American Academy of Audiology headquarters in Reston, Virginia, September 11–13, 2016.