Audiology Today July/August 2018

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 July/August 2018 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Sleepless Nights and Best Practices

I often share with friends and colleagues those thoughts about audiology that have indiscriminately robbed me of my evening slumber. One of the more persistent thoughts is the unknown number of audiologists embracing and carrying out best clinical practices.

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KNOW HOW | Improving Hearing Aid Outcomes Through Adoption of Patient-Centered Care

Hearing aid technology has improved tremendously in recent years. Available devices are sleek, fast, adjustable, “smart,” and provide excellent benefits to individuals with hearing loss.

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Li-Ions, and Trackers, and BAERs—Oh My: The Future of “Hearing Aid” Technology

The hearing aid industry is in the midst of a “perfect storm” of changing technology, demographics, and distribution models.

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The ABCs of Healthy Hearing

This article provides the counseling framework for a three-tiered approach to amplification involving audibility, brain training, and compensation strategies, allowing patients to share responsibility for their hearing health care.

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OPINION EDITORIAL | Branding the Lie or Branding the Truth (PART 1 of 2)

We must become vigilant about rejecting deceptive terms as a brand that can distort or eliminate our identities, resulting in consumer confusion.

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Promoting Audiology Worldwide: Global Audiology Initiative

Providing an understanding of audiology practice to connect stakeholders in hearing health care around the world.

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ARC 2018: Genetics and Hearing Loss

The Academy Research Conference (ARC) 2018 provided an overview of progress in the field of genetics and hearing loss from both research and clinical perspectives. As chair of ARC 2018, I was joined by several knowledgeable individuals on the organizing committee, including Dr. Zarin Mehta from A.T. Sill University, Dr. Wendy Hanks from Pacific University, and Dr. Jonathan Whitton from Decibel Therapeutics.

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AAA 2018: In Review

AAA 2018, the annual conference of the American Academy of Audiology, welcomed more than 6,000 participants to Nashville, Tennessee, on April 18–21.

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CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION | Middle-Ear Function Analysis for Patulous Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

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 | Speak Up! Help Establish the Value of Your Professional Services

Each November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule that lists the payment rates for all Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)© codes across specialties for the upcoming year.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | July 4 Is a Good Time to Educate on Hearing Health

July 4, 1777, just one year after the Declaration of Independence had been approved and read publicly, our young nation paraded the streets and celebrated our independence by lighting bonfires, chiming bells, and setting off fireworks.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | The SAA Blog: A New Hub for Information

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is launching its own blog and we’re excited to introduce it to you.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification: It’s NOT Child’s Play!

I have been practicing audiology since 1996 and started out as a jack of all trades—seeing patients of all ages, providing a variety of diagnostic services, and fitting hearing aids to patients of all ages.

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ACAE CORNER | Third Annual Clinical Education Forum Outcomes and Action Plan

The Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), in collaboration with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), offered the third annual Clinical Education Forum in conjunction with AAA 2018.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Grassroots Advocacy Is Critical During August Recess

Every August, members of Congress decamp from Washington, DC, to return to their home districts to meet with constituents and attend local events.

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ETHICAL PRACTICES | 2017 Case Summaries and New Guidelines for Submitting Complaints and Inquiries

To aid in the understanding of how the Academy’s Code of Ethics (COE) is applied and interpreted, the Ethical Practices Committee (EPC) periodically publishes a summary of cases. Following is a summary of cases reviewed by the EPC from January to December 2017.