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Audiology Today March/April 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 March/April 2022 Audiology Today issue below!

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  • Hearing Loss

ONLINE FEATURE | Amplified: Living Loudly While Growing Up with Hearing Loss

This web article is a summary of a recent podcast series presented by Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Are We Telling the Right Story?(Carlos Amarillo/Shutterstock.com)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Are We Telling the Right Story?

Show of hands: How many of you believe that improving the hearing health and associated quality of life of U.S. adults is one of the most important issues facing our aging population? One more question: How many of you are worried that it might just be audiologists raising their hands in response to the first question?

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Audiology Student Perspectives on Experiencing Bigotry from Patients Header Image(Anna Tigra/Shutterstock.com and S. Chanesman)

Audiology Student Perspectives on Experiencing Bigotry from Patients

Practitioners and audiology students of color were surveyed to learn about their experiences with patient bigotry. Respondents offered concrete suggestions to strengthen preceptors’ roles during these difficult moments.

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  • Cochlear Implant
  • Treatment and Management

Bone-Conduction Technology: Historical Review and Recent Updates

Bone-conduction amplification is a viable and appropriate option for the management of conductive/mixed-conductive hearing loss and single-sided deafness. It is contingent upon clinicians to be aware of these options to ensure that candidates for this amplification are referred appropriately.

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How to Equip Yourself to Follow Ethical Practices Header Image(Oleksandr Berezko/Shutterstock.com and S. Chanesman)

How to Equip Yourself to Follow Ethical Practices

Ethical practices have always been an important topic in audiology. However, as the field continues to grow and evolve in an ever-changing health-care landscape, there is a need for renewed thought and reflection on ethical practices.

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Incorporating Ototoxicity Management into Clinical Pathways Article Header Image
  • Ototoxicity

Incorporating Ototoxicity Management into Clinical Pathways 

There is a lack of standardized ototoxicity management practice in the clinical specialties that routinely prescribe aminoglycosides, despite the known consequences of hearing loss and its impact on quality of life. 

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ONLINE FEATURE | Things You Cannot Learn in School

OPINION EDITORIAL | Things You Cannot Learn in School

Becoming an audiologist takes more than a degree; it takes experience, practice, and a willingness to learn. School was a great place to start that evolution, but it should not stop there. The things I have learned over the past several years could not have been taught in school.

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Getting it Right: Hiring, Engagement, and Culture

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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ON TREND | Expanding Options for Tinnitus Management with Widex Article Header Image

ON TREND | Expanding Options for Tinnitus Management with Widex 

Tinnitus is a persistent problem for many, and its prevalence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic (Beukes et al, 2020, Front. Public Health). As a major contributor to tinnitus, stress likely plays a part in this increase, which may create a vicious cycle, with increased stress resulting in more tinnitus distress which in turn increases stress.

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ON TREND | A More Patient-Centric Care Approach for Better Overall Geriatric Health Care Article Header Image

ON TREND | A More Patient-Centric Care Approach for Better Overall Geriatric Health Care

Undiagnosed hearing loss in the elderly has a host of significant impacts. These can include loneliness and depression, and recent research correlates it with an earlier onset and/or more severe presentation of dementia.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | The Medicare National Correct-Coding Initiative: A Tutorial Header Image(FGC/Shutterstock.com and S. Chanesman)

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | The Medicare National Correct-Coding Initiative: A Tutorial

The purpose of this article is to review the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) as it relates to audiology coding and reporting for Medicare Part B claims, specifically for Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) code-pair edits.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Advocacy in 2022: Medicare, MAASA, OTC, and More Article Header Image(Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock.com)

AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Advocacy in 2022: Medicare, MAASA, OTC, and More

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the many restrictions on face-to-face meetings and interactions, 2021 was an extremely active year in advocacy and 2022 shows no signs of slowing down.

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