Audiology Today July/August 2021

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 2021 Audiology Today issue below!

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  • Hearing Aid

ONLINE FEATURE | Real-Ear Verification for the New Professional

Real-ear systems continue to provide objective measurements of the interaction between the hearing aid and a patient’s ear when they wear it. For professionals in the field of audiology, obtaining, understanding, and using real-ear measures continues to be a critical piece in providing comprehensive clinical care to our patients.

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ONLINE FEATURE | The Results Are In: 2020 Member Survey of the Use of Real-Ear Probe Microphone Measurements

The 2020 American Academy of Audiology Member Survey focused on obtaining data from the membership pertaining to several key areas. The goal of this article is to discuss the data collected from Academy membership related to the use of best practices in the verification of amplification and possibly identify next steps for the Academy to support best practices in the profession. There will be three more articles following this one covering the topics of tele-audiology, cochlear implant candidacy evaluation, and equity and inclusion.

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ONLINE FEATURE | Getting it Right: Hiring, Engagement, and Culture

It has been shown that identifying and creating the right culture within your organization will result in greater employee engagement, higher levels of morale and increased productivity. It is a process that begins with hiring the right people. This article discusses how to attract, vet, select, and develop a team that will define the best company culture. 

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Looking to the Future, Honoring the Past

In times of transition, I often think about Janus, the Roman god with two faces, the god of transitions—beginnings and endings. Janus reminds me of the importance of reflecting upon our journey as we move into the future.

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Military Service and Hearing Health: The NOISE Study(iamseki/shutterstock.com and S. Chanesman)
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus

Military Service and Hearing Health: The NOISE Study

The NOISE study aims to better inform efforts to prevent and treat auditory dysfunction in those who have dedicated themselves to military service.

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Implementing Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials in a Pediatric Audiology Clinic (Kalah_R/shutterstock.com)
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Cortical Auditory Evoked Potential

Implementing Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials in a Pediatric Audiology Clinic

CAEPs can be a useful tool to assist in determining a plan of care and confirming auditory access for children for whom behavioral audiometry cannot yet be reliably completed.

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Tackling Tinnitus in Private Practice
  • Tinnitus

Tackling Tinnitus in Private Practice

After practicing tinnitus management for 10 years, we have discovered how to create a successful tinnitus clinic. This article is designed to provide insight on how to make the process easier. 

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ECochG (9nong/shutterstock.com)
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Testing and Diagnosis

Teaching the ECochG New Tricks

You know the saying, “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks,” but that just may be what needs to happen to transition electrocochleography (ECochG) out of the vestibular toolbox and into the auditory one.

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ON TREND | Earlens Speech Outcomes

A landmark paper was recently published about Earlens, a device intended to provide audible, suprathreshold amplification from 125–10,000 Hz to patients with mild-to-severe sensorineural hearing impairment by directly vibrating the ossicles–enabling high-gain margins without feedback and low-frequency output without occluding the canal.

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ON TREND | Artificial Intelligence Plus Human Intelligence—The Future of Hearing Technology

The virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021 earlier this year highlighted a simple truth about artificial intelligence (AI): that AI alone should not be solving problems but operating alongside human intelligence (HI).

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Coding Examples: Auditory Evoked Potentials

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Coding Examples: Auditory Evoked Potentials

In January 2021, for the first time since 1996, changes were made to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes assigned to auditory evoked potentials (AEPs). These changes led to numerous questions from practitioners regarding appropriate coding for auditory evoked potentials and related services.

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The Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Licensure Compact is Operational—Now What?

AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | The Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Licensure Compact Is Operational—Now What?

Ten states (Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming) have passed legislation to implement the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Licensure Compact (ASLP-IC) and now the compact is officially operational. Implementing legislation was pending in a number of additional states as this issue of Audiology Today went to press.

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