Audiology Today July/August 2022

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 2022 Audiology Today issue below!

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Choose Change…Not the Way You’ve Always Done It

Imagine this: you’re walking a patient into the sound booth or into your fitting room. You’ve done it hundreds, maybe thousands of times. You probably have a routine into which you will quickly fall. Think about your clinical protocols. Why do you do what you do? Most of us would probably point to the literature or to the protocols of other reputable programs. But I’ll bet if you gave a truly honest answer, it would be, “That’s the way I’ve always done it.”

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  • Hearing Aid
  • Treatment and Management

Clinical Auditory Profiling: Divide and Conquer

Currently, the clinical characterization of hearing deficits for hearing aid fitting is based primarily on the pure-tone audiogram. In our work, we explored how data-driven approaches can effectively identify patient subpopulations with distinct differences in terms of their hearing abilities. This process is what we called “auditory profiling”; it opens several opportunities for improving the hearing rehabilitation process based on suprathreshold hearing deficits of patients.

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  • Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
  • Treatment and Management

Advent of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids: How to Be Prepared

The American Academy of Audiology is committed to providing resources to the membership, profession, health-care professionals, and hearing-health-care consumers, as we navigate the advent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated over-the-counter hearing aids. 

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OPINION EDITORIAL | Should AuD Programs Increase Business Education Opportunities?

While responding to traditional objections, this article explores why more business savvy education will produce better clinicians and leaders and how students can gain that business knowledge with little disruption to ongoing education strategies. 

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  • Hearing Aid
  • Treatment and Management

It May Meet Your Standards, but Does It Meet Mine?

Audiologists possess the knowledge and understanding of signal processing, the functionality of assistive technology, and the impact of perception of sounds. Independent verification of hearing aids by audiologists demonstrates the necessity of our services and ensures that the devices we are delivering accurately provide benefit.

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Age-Related Hearing and Balance Decline
  • Hearing Conditions

Academy Research Conference 2022: Age-Related Hearing and Balance Decline

The Academy Research Conference for 2022 (ARC 2022) took place on March 30 in St. Louis, Missouri, and focused on age-related hearing and balance decline, an important topic in public health that significantly impacts the clinical care of aging adults. Here is a summary of the presentations.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Honing the Message in Advocacy: Member Engagement for Making Change

When the American Academy of Audiology came together with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) to build the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA) in 2018, it was critical to craft legislation that would address all three of the main components of legislation that each organization had been pursuing. The goal was to modernize Medicare to allow direct access to audiologists by removing the physician referral requirement, reclassify audiologists as practitioners, and expand covered audiological services beyond diagnosis to treatment. These changes would give audiologists additional opportunities under Medicare and also help align audiologists with other doctoral-level health professionals.

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