Audiology Today May/June 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 May/June 2017 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Expanding Our Profession

The past 18 months have been nothing if not interesting for our profession. Between PCAST, the FDA, and the National Academy of Sciences, there have been multiple recommendations and suggestions regarding improving the access to, and affordability of, hearing care.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Going Beyond Indulging

Regarding “The Impending Spondee Crisis,” by Frank Bialostzky (Audiology Today, Nov/Dec 2016, Vol 28, No 6)… .I’ve heard of indulging the younger generation, but this goes beyond the pale.

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KNOW HOW | Practice Differentiation Through Tinnitus Management: An Overview for Beginners

With the changing landscape of hearing health care, many audiologists are seeking ways to distinguish themselves and their practices from other dispensing offices and big-box stores.

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Revolutionize Vestibular Testing: New Ways to Assess Patients with Central Disorders

Research-based updates to vestibular assessment protocols can increase workflow efficiency for patients with central vestibular disorders, which can lead to a faster diagnosis.

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Drug Side Effects on Audiological and Vestibular Testing

Case history and its potential impact on testing “What medications do you take and why?”

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Exciting New Horizons for Tinnitus Research

Dr. Robert M. DiSogra, a AAA Foundation trustee, had an opportunity to talk with Dr. James Henry, 2017 Topics in Tinnitus lecturer, about his life’s work in the area of tinnitus.

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The Use of Outcome Measures in Clinical Practice: Part 1

This article discusses the development of a new outcome survey and its implementation as part of the routine protocol for service delivery in a private practice.

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AudiologyNOW! 2017: In Review

AudiologyNOW! is the world’s largest gathering of audiologists, hearing health-care providers, and, audiology students, providing attendees with the opportunity to experience four days of outstanding educational sessions, the latest in hearing and balance technology, and, of course, the chance to connect with colleagues from around the world. This year, AudiologyNOW! 2017, “Connect. Reconnect. Innovate in Indy,” did not disappoint!

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CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION | You Only Have One Chance to Make a Good First Impression

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 | Communication with the Coding and Reimbursement Committee: How Members Contribute to Payer-Policy Advocacy

Many of you may be familiar with, or may have even used, the Academy’s e-mail box for submitting coding, reimbursement, and compliance-related questions.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Pursuing Specialty Certification

For many students, the prospect of graduation can mean several things—the end of their tenure in academia, or perhaps the beginning of a fulfilling, lifelong career.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Stand Out from the Crowd: Become Board Certified in Audiology

In an economy that necessitates careful consideration of expenses, it is understandable that health care professionals need to question the value of obtaining credentials. What is the value-added benefit for spending extra money to obtain a certification credential beyond a professional degree?

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ACAE CORNER | Audiology Education: Innovative International Initiatives

A two-part series of ACAE Corner articles in 2015 was devoted to the topic of global audiology education. The first article provided an international overview of audiology educational models and programs in different countries and geographical regions (Hall, 2015a).

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Ohio Students Head to Capitol Hill in Recognition of World Hearing Day

The World Health Organization has designated March 3 as World Hearing Day.