Audiology Today March/April 2017

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 March/April 2017 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | At the end of January…

At the end of January, the Academy released two statements regarding the accessibility and affordability of hearing care in the United States. These statements were driven by the considerable attention hearing care services and devices have received over the past 18 months in Washington, DC.

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KNOW HOW | Let’s Work Together!

Did you know that the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) is supported by approximately 350 volunteers?

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Global Action for Hearing Loss: Interview with Shelly Chadha

We recently had the opportunity to visit with Shelly Chadha, MBBS, MS, PhD, medical officer, WHO Program for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss. Dr. Chadha is a native of India.

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Can Individual Cognitive Abilities Direct Audiology Treatment?

Older adults are living longer and more active lives than ever before. For audiologists, that means a larger number of clients who present with both auditory and cognitive changes. As researchers study the role of cognition in listening, what do clinicians need to know to guide treatment decisions?

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Burnout in Audiologists: Sources, Susceptibility, and Solutions

Becoming aware of your stressors, knowing that you have the ability to change, and having the agility to make small changes quickly while you begin to work on longer-term changes, may help you to prevent burnout.

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An Unprecedented Opportunity to Transform Your Practice: Interview with Barbara Balik

The AAA Foundation, in proud partnership with Phonak, LLC, will present the 2017 edition of the Foundation’s Improving Patient Care Through Innovation in the Workplace Lecture Series at AudiologyNOW!®

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Your Business: A Plan for 2017

Every year, business owners should take the time to sit down and do a little planning, just to make sure that the new year will be a good one for business.

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The Value of Audiological Care in the Age of Consumer Choice

Research shows best practices exceed product quality when determining overall consumer success, so it is in the interest of the profession to both increase the number of audiologists using best practices, and direct consumers to audiologists that use them.

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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 | Important Changes to Quality Reporting for 2017

Did you know that at the end of 2016, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) ended and was replaced by CMS’ new Quality Payment Program (QPP)? This means that 2016 was the final year in which providers, including audiologists, were eligible to participate in the PQRS program.

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Join Us for AudiologyNOW!® 2017 Events

As you finalize your itinerary using the conference planner, don’t forget to include Foundation events in your schedule. We have events for everyone!

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | The Meaning of Mentorship: Student-to-Student Mentoring and Ways to Get Involved

As an audiology student, there are numerous opportunities to learn from or serve as a mentor. We may be assigned a faculty advisor to guide us through our academic career. Perhaps, we choose a research mentor to facilitate the completion of an independent research project or capstone.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Connect, Reconnect, and Innovate with ABA at AudiologyNOW!®

The annual conference of the American Academy of Audiology, AudiologyNOW!, brings together thousands of audiologists for several days of educational programming and networking opportunities, along with the showcasing of the latest in the hearing technology industry. This is the premier national conference for audiologists to access a wide range and breadth of educational topics and have opportunities to engage in meaningful exchanges with individuals across the Academy enterprise: students, new professionals, clinicians, researchers, academicians, pioneers in the field, and leaders for the profession. The American Board of Audiology (ABA) is pleased to have a significant presence at the conference and encourages attendee participation in our activities.

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ACAE CORNER | It’s Time to Rethink Clinical Education in Audiology

Over the past 15 years since the doctor of audiology (AuD) degree was adopted nationally, it has become clear that many systemic problems with the externship model exist and need to be urgently addressed.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Forming a State Audiology Organization: What You Need to Know

The American Academy of Audiology’s State Network Subcommittee (SNS) serves to facilitate communication among states, and to develop and share resources. State advocates often ask the SNS to provide guidance on how states can begin to form their own audiology organization.

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IN MEMORIAM | Geary A. McCandless, PhD (1930–2017)

Audiology lost an illustrious leader with the passing of Geary A. McCandless, PhD, on January 4, 2017. A prolific contributor, Dr. McCandless published more than 90 articles and 40 book chapters, and presented hundreds of invited lectures.