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Audiology Today March/April 2019

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 2019 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Find Your Level of Involvement

As we are in the midst of the best Academy annual meeting ever, I am reminded how much member involvement occurs throughout the year but especially during our yearly conference. Involvement occurs on many different levels.

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KNOW HOW | Use of Social Media Is Beyond Just Facebook!

It is a noisy health-care world, and there is an utmost need for marketing from audiologists who live in a world where they often struggle to be heard.

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Medicare, Hearing Care, and Audiology: Data-Driven Perspectives

At AAA 2019 in Columbus, Ohio, we look forward to providing attendees with an in-depth overview of the opportunities and challenges of serving Medicare beneficiaries. As a preview to our presentation, this article provides a general description of Medicare, a discussion on audiologic billing and reimbursement, and considerations regarding the broader role of audiology in health care.

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  • Hearing Aid
  • Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Spotlighting Clinical Nuggets in the Upcoming Hearing Aids in Review

For the past several years, we have reviewed what we believe to be the top articles from the past year. We select well-designed articles where the findings might have a direct impact for audiologists fitting hearing aids.

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Informed Decision-Making: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

This article offers insight into the change from provider-centered care to patient-centered care. It provides rationale for the combination of shared decision-making with empirical evidence in the hearing health-care field and supplies the reader with practical suggestions for using these combined methods with patients.

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Changing the Audiological Mindset About Fitness for Duty Assessments for Jobs with Essential Hearing-Critical Tasks

Defining the objective relationship between speech recognition measures of functional hearing taken in the clinic or lab and the ability to perform essential hearing-critical job tasks safely and effectively in real-world noise environments.

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Strategies for Increasing Medical Community Awareness of Audiology: A Call to Action!

Audiologists must educate physicians at every level and specialty, raise awareness of audiology and the importance of hearing health, and become an integral, if not interdependent, team member of PCPs and others who treat seniors. It is your professional responsibility.

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  • Hearing Assistive Technologies

HAT Awareness: Efficiency May Be the Key to Increased Use

Most patients with hearing loss do not learn about hearing assistance technologies (HATs) from their audiologist. A routine use of a HAT needs checklist can provide an efficient means to introduce beneficial products to patients and help ensure greater audibility.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Hone Your Skills for a Great Interview with the Press

Great interviews don’t just happen. They have years of training behind them. While some people are naturally outgoing, have great interview instincts, and can pull off successful interviews with little training, that isn’t the case for most people.

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  • Bilateral microphones with contralateral routing of signal
  • Contralateral Routing of Signal
  • Hearing Aid

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Coding Update: Contralateral Routing Device

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) and others recently requested revisions for codes and code descriptors in the CROS/BiCROS family and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved many of the proposed changes.

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Getting to Know the New Trustees

Learn more about Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD and Ryan Bullock, AuD who are the new trustees of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation.

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  • Hearing Loss

SAA SPOTLIGHT | Audiologists with Hearing Loss: What We Bring to the Table

"So what do you do?" I paused and thought of several different responses that were possible. I responded with a smile and three simple words, "I change lives."

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  • Tinnitus

ABA SOUNDING BOARD | ABA in Progress

In November 2018, the board of the American Board of Audiology (ABA) developed a "certification reboot" for its programs that was reported in the November/December 2018 ABA Sounding Board in Audiology Today.

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  • Audiogram
  • Bilateral Hearing Loss

ACAE CORNER | Practicing Preventive Audiology: Promoting Healthy Hearing

Case scenario 1...a 30-something audiologist completed a routine diagnostic assessment of a 35-year-old patient referred by her primary-care physician for rather vague complaints of inconsistent difficulty hearing in certain settings.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Swearing-In Day—the 116th Congress Begins

On January 3, 2019, the 116th Congress officially was sworn in. Having worked in Washington, DC, for a number of years, when Congress is inaugurated is one of my favorite days of the year.

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