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Audiology Today
March/April 2024

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 2024 Audiology Today issue below!

ONLINE FEATURE | ACEN: Not Right Here, Right Now | Opinion Editorial (Stmool/Shutterstock.com)

OPINION EDITORIAL | ACEN: Not Right Here, Right Now

To some extent, the Audiology Clinical Education Network is appealing for all involved in the externship process. Even so, it is our opinion that joining ACEN may not be the right decision for all externship sites at this time.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | The Duty to Govern (metamorworks/Shutterstock.com)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | The Duty to Govern

The objective of “good governance,” adapted from the definition by Sir Adrian Cadbury in Corporate Governance and Chairmanship: A Personal View (2002), is as follows: “holding the balance between economic and social goals and between individual and communal goals. The governance framework is there to encourage the efficient use of resources and equally to require accountability for the stewardship of those resources...

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Do Audiologists React Well to Change?(Gajus/shutterstock.com and Suzanne Chanesman)

Do Audiologists React Well to Change?

A recent study of audiologists indicated that participants perceive audiologists, overall, to be highly resistant to change. A follow-up survey found that audiologists were neither especially resistant nor especially accepting of change, that change resistance is similar across health professions, and that changes in audiology tend to occur slowly over time.

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Sex Hormones and Central Auditory Processing

Sex Hormones and Central Auditory Processing

Given the bottom-up influence of the peripheral auditory system on central auditory processing, a very brief introduction on the sex hormones and the peripheral system is provided, but the majority of the article focuses on the influence of the sex hormones on the central auditory nervous system in terms of what we know, the clinical implications, and future considerations.

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False Air-Bone Gaps and False Calibration—A Cautionary Tale (Sukan Saythong/Shutterstock.com)

False Air-Bone Gaps and False Calibration—A Cautionary Tale

I have long wondered whether some audiometers are calibrated off standard to avoid the occurrence of false air-bone gaps. Calibration data from a recent study were analyzed to determine whether the audiometers were calibrated to standard bone conduction reference equivalent threshold force levels. The results are presented in this article.

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Ethics in Audiology (TarikVision/Shutterstock.com and Suzanne Chanesman)

Ethics in Audiology

The American Academy of Audiology offers multiple resources to promote and support knowledge of ethical conduct in various work settings and activities, including clinical practice, student supervision, research, relations with hearing-related industries, and professional communication.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Building Audiology Participation in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Reporting (Ink Drop/Shutterstock.com)

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Building Audiology Participation in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Reporting

The foundation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP) was designed to replace the flawed base of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula that for many years served as the underpinning of Medicare provider payment.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Advocacy in the Year 2024: Challenges and Opportunities Abound!(eamesBot/Shutterstock.com)

AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Advocacy in the Year 2024: Challenges and Opportunities Abound!

2024 promises to be a busy year in politics and advocacy. During this presidential election year, the president and vice president will be elected, and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be up for grabs to determine the membership and the balance of power in the 119th Congress. Thirteen state and territorial governorships and numerous other state and local elections will also be decided.

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ON TREND | Staff Running Short On Time? Leverage Technology to Increase Efficiency

ON TREND | Staff Running Short On Time? Leverage Technology to Increase Efficiency

Within the hearing practice, there is a lot of technology being used to help it run more efficiently and effectively. And when the team is experiencing turnover or staffing shortages, it can be helpful to make sure you are optimizing that technology. Your practice management software (PMS) provides information and data to help inform business decisions. Here are four ways to help you get the most out of your software.

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