Audiology Today January/February 2019

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 2019 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | A Vision for Tomorrow: Gratitude

As we wrap up the 2018 holiday season and begin a new year in 2019, many of us save our expressions of gratitude for this time of year. There is evidence, however, to support that acts and thoughts of gratitude should be shared year-round.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR | Lassoing the Future

Greetings fellow Academy members! I am honored and excited to serve as the next editor-in-chief of Audiology Today and www.audiology.org.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Together We Can Do So Much: A Challenge to All Academy Members

This letter refers to a recent article in Audiology Today (May/June 2018), “Together We Can Do So Much: A Challenge to All Academy Members,” by Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD.

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KNOW HOW | Strategies for Success in Our Future Landscape

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”—Jimmy Dean

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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hearing Loss: A New Frontier of Clinical Care

Learn more about the AAA 2019 Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology. Dr. Carroll speaks with two experts from the AAA Conference panel, Jolanta McCall, MA, MSc, and Glenn Rall, PhD, and discusses their work related to autism spectrum disorder and children with hearing loss.

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Implementing Family-Centered Care in Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation: The Hows and Whys in Clinical Practice

In adult audiologic rehabilitation, family-centered care (FCC) promotes the engagement of the person with hearing impairment and their family members. The aim of FCC in audiologic rehabilitation is to address and reduce the impact of hearing impairment on the everyday lives of those whom it affects. This article outlines the key principles and practices—the hows and whys—of FCC in clinical practice.

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Eyes, Ears, & Teeth

Is the best path just to focus on what we do, try to establish LLP status, protect our scope of practice, and hope to expand our code set to include the full-scope of audiological practice?

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Charles Wells & Erasmus Darwin: The Dueling ‘Vertiginous Philosophers’

In a somewhat obscure and dismissed essay titled “Essays upon Single Vision with Two Eyes: Together with Experiments and Observations on Several Other Subjects in Optics,” Charles Wells published what is now known to be the first account detailing the association between vertigo and eye movement—what we now refer to as nystagmus.

Illustration of a large hand with a thumbs down and a group of business guys holding onto the sleeve - False 4-kHz Air-Bone Gaps: A Failure of Standards Article

False 4-kHz Air-Bone Gaps: A Failure of Standards

One paper, by Edith Corliss and her colleagues at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards, ignored by standards committees for decades, demonstrates a simple, elegant relationship between normal bone-conduction thresholds and frequency.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Using Social Media to Promote Your Practice: Social Media Versus Traditional Media

Often, individuals and companies will hire a public relations firm to place media coverage on their organization or company with traditional media outlets.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | CMS Includes Audiologists in the QPP

Under the final Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule for 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that audiologists will be considered “eligible clinicians” for QPP participation, effective January 1, 2019.

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Foundation Events at AAA 2019 in Columbus

AAA 2019, the annual conference of the American Academy of Audiology, creates a palpable excitement in the air and the AAA Foundation enjoys contributing to this energy by hosting multiple exciting events.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | The Ultimate Guide for Students at AAA 2019

AAA 2019 is the American Academy of Audiology’s annual conference, the largest gathering of audiologists in the world.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Credentialing, Licensing, Certificates, and Certifications

Audiologists have credentialing needs that are related to a variety of factors.

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ACAE CORNER | Off to a Great Start

The doctor of audiology (AuD) degree was developed to support a profession with a scope of practice that had outgrown its existing educational standards.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | 116th Congress Presents Opportunities, Challenges for Legislation

As the dust settled from the midterm elections in November, the Academy, along with all DC policy shops, lobbying firms, and advocacy organizations began preparing for a new reality that would dominate Capitol Hill for at least the next two years: a split Congress.