Audiology Today May/June 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 May/June 2019 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Quit Apologizing and Be Confident

During AAA 2019, the Academy’s annual conference, the focus of the General Assembly was on confidence, the future, and loyalty. Those themes were chosen for the start of the conference, but they really should be the focus for the year, if not forever for audiology.

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KNOW HOW | Tracking, Analytics, and Relevance—Oh My!

I recently was talking to a long-time co-worker and friend in a leadership position in a health-care office who commented, “What is this KPI stuff everyone keeps talking about?” I had to pause a moment to consider that someone in a significant position in health care would not understand what that is and why she should care. I began to poll colleagues, friends, professionals, and externs, and found that the majority had no clue what I was referencing. I was quite taken aback.

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Tinnitus in 10: What Every Audiologist Should Know to Provide Research-Based Care

For some people, tinnitus can impact their lives, most broadly with respect to functional implications, such as sleep disturbance, impaired concentration, and/or emotional reactions. Audiologists are charged with evaluating and managing the care for those individuals seeking help.

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A Two-Minute Speech-in-Noise Test: Protocol and Pilot Data

In this article, we demonstrate a simple protocol that can rapidly determine speech-in-noise thresholds and can be used to validate and verify important differences between unaided and aided responses.

Illustration of human hearing loss - Fitness for Duty Assessments for Jobs with Essential Hearing-Critical Tasks (PART 2 OF 2) Article

Fitness for Duty Assessments for Jobs with Essential Hearing-Critical Tasks (PART 2 OF 2)

This second article in a two-part series describes how a new way of characterizing real-world noise environments can be used by audiologists to perform objective, evidence-based hearing screening of individuals seeking jobs with essential hearing-critical tasks.

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A Hearing Report from the Dominican Republic

Nonprofit organizations have been working diligently to provide best practices in hearing health care in this country of 10.6 million, where audiologists are a rarity.

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AAA 2019: Where Audiologists Discovered Their Future

On March 27–30, 2019, audiologists, audiology students, hearing health-care professionals, and industry representatives from across the country and around the world gathered in Columbus, Ohio, for AAA 2019, the Academy’s annual conference.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Gaining Media Coverage from Partnerships and Special Events

Not everyone has a newsworthy story, and even some events don’t even have enough depth to interest media. Think through community partnerships and outreach that will generate visibility, give back to your community, and interest media.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | New Medicare LCD Process—What You Need to Know

Local coverage determination (LCD) policies issued by Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) serve as the workhorse of Medicare coverage policy. About 90 percent of coverage determinations are made through LCDs.

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Fundraising at AAA 2019

The AAA Foundation’s mission is to support public awareness, education, and research, and the AAA 2019 conference successfully demonstrated this mission! Overall, Columbus, Ohio, was a great place for a conference and for the Foundation.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Red Bird Mission: An Opportunity for Humanitarian Audiology

One of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Development Committee’s goals is to promote humanitarian work among our chapters.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | ABA Is Changing for You!

Twenty years ago, a group of Academy members came together to develop a certification that would serve audiologists by verifying credentials in an independent process that offers an alternative to the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence–Audiology.

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ACAE CORNER | Comorbid Conditions Associated with Hearing Loss: Another Challenge in Educating AuD Students

A growing body of research confirms a connection between hearing loss and a variety of chronic diseases and disorders (for reviews see Abrams, 2017; Besser et al, 2018).

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Academy Kicks Off 116th Congress with In-Person Congressional Visits

The 2018 mid-term elections left a reshaped Congress, with nearly 100 new representatives and senators coming to Washington, DC.