Audiology Today May/June 2020
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 2020 Audiology Today issue below!
- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
Learn more about the implications of the COVID-19 response on children who were born during the time when in-person health-care services were limited, focusing specifically on newborn hearing screening (NBHS) and follow-up services for infants identified with potential hearing loss.
Along with other professionals, audiologists must also be vigilant in their patient care—especially during their case history review— to counsel their patients about the extremely limited safety and efficacy information about dietary supplements as it pertains to COVID-19.
Trying a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug for one disease as a new therapy for an unrelated disease could allow the treatment to be ready for clinical trials more quickly thus speeding the FDA’s review and, if approved, its integration into health care.1 This is more commonly referred to as “drug re-purposing” or “off-label use.”
This is an unprecedented time, but with preparation and attention to detail, we can continue to safely care for our patients, our profession, and ourselves.
ONLINE FEATURE | Audiological Management of COVID-19 Survivors Treated with Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin
Audiologists have known about the ototoxicity of quinine (and its derivatives) and antibiotics (macrolide and aminoglycoside) for decades. But we have never seen the combined use of two drugs, each with known ototoxic potential, being used as an intervention strategy for the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
- Central Auditory Processing Disorder
With continued education and awareness, audiologists will hopefully come to recognize the entire auditory system and gain further appreciation and understanding of the hearing brain.
- Vestibular Evaluation
We have the privilege to operate a multi-disciplinary clinic of audiologists and physical therapists who are skilled in vestibular rehabilitation. As audiologists, we are able to benefit from the unique perspective that physical therapists bring to the table.
While it can be uncomfortable, negotiating your salary is a critical step in the offer process.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Interventions
- Tinnitus Management
The goal of experiential mindfulness-based interventions is to teach participants to develop a new, more resilient relationship with thoughts, feelings, body sensations and, specifically, a new relationship with distress.
As a clinician or clinic owner, you may rely on traditional marketing to generate awareness for your business. Things like print and digital advertising can generate interest in your clinic, but they are typically expensive and hard to execute.
- Cochlear Implant
- Hearing Loss
In July 2019, the American Academy of Audiology released its Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cochlear Implants (CIs) (Messersmith et al, 2019). Cochlear implantation is a surgical procedure for the treatment of severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both children and adults.
For 15 years, I have walked the halls of Congress. I did not take a class or even receive any helpful tips before embarking on this endeavor, but over time, I acquired valuable experience on the protocol and inner workings of Congress.
- Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
ACADEMY NEWS | New! Consensus Document for Audiological Services for Musicians and Music-Industry Personnel
Musicians of all genres are at risk for auditory injury from loud musical sound exposures. In addition to communication difficulties and health-related quality-of-life degradation, disorders such as tinnitus, hyperacusis, diplacusis, and dysacusis are common and can greatly interfere with the ability to play at a high standard. Furthermore, hearing injury in music-industry professionals can be a severe threat to careers, not only affecting the quality of performances but, in many cases, threatening livelihoods.
- Pediatric Assessment
The practice of pediatric audiology is an art and a science. Engaging young children to achieve accurate and comprehensive results requires a strong foundation of technique (science), creativity (art), and flexibility.