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Audiology Today July/August 2023

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 2023 Audiology Today issue below!

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | There’s Always a Choice

This year, I was honored to give the commencement address for the graduating AuD students at Wayne State University. In welcoming these students to the profession, I recognized that individual graduates will approach their relative contributions to the profession differently. And that is okay.

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Financial Highs and Lows as an Early-Career AuD

Overall, the financial outlook of earning an AuD is mixed for early-career audiologists. With rising costs in tuition, housing, and technology, earning an AuD may be tough, but with starting salaries increasing, we could see a new tone for future salaries, financial freedom, and the ability to pay off student loans.

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Addressing Barriers to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Through Innovation

Almost 98 percent of newborns in the United States are screened for hearing loss at birth. However, many infants who do not pass their newborn hearing screening do not complete the recommended early hearing detection and intervention process.

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Healthy Aging? Healthy Hearing!

Healthy hearing contributes to healthy aging. This article describes how they are related. Audiologists are experts in healthy hearing. Therefore, audiologists are in a great position to contribute to healthy aging.

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Music Quality in Hearing Aids

Music perception in hearing aids is much less thoroughly researched than speech perception; therefore, we evaluated the efficacy of programs designed for music listening using seven hearing aid brands with premium-level technology. Results confirm previous findings that hearing aids significantly degrade music quality. For three of the brands, the music program significantly improved music quality compared to the default speech program; however, two of the brands significantly outperformed the others regardless of which program was used.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | An Audiology “State” of Mind

Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1916–1939) once described individual states as “laboratories of democracy” because they can test and experiment with innovative policy ideas. This then allows other states and the federal government to observe these new approaches in action and assess whether they can be expanded upon.

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GUIDELINE UPDATE | Academy Clinical Practice Guidelines and Strategic Documents: Year in Review

The American Academy of Audiology has a long-standing history of developing clinical practice guidelines and strategic documents to provide members with guidance on topics relevant to audiological care, translate the best available evidence into clinical practice, improve patient care and outcomes, and inform public policy and research directions.

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