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!

Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

ONLINE FEATURE | Newborn Hearing Screenings and Follow-Up: Essential During a Pandemic?

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.

Dietary Supplements with vegetables in the background
  • Ototoxicity

ONLINE FEATURE | Dietary Supplements Used for COVID-19 Treatment

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.

Elderly Man with hearing loss
  • Ototoxicity

ONLINE FEATURE | Ototoxicity of FDA-Approved Drugs Being Re-Purposed for COVID-19 Treatment

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.”

Female Audiologist putting on mask with an open door in the background

ONLINE FEATURE | Re-Opening in a Post-COVID World

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
  • Ototoxicity

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).

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Communication Is Still Essential

Audiologists have known about the ototoxicity of quinine (and its derivatives) and antibiotics (macrolide and aminoglycoside) for decades.

brain and ear abstract illustration
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder

The Hearing Brain

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.

Collaboration photo collage
  • Vestibular Evaluation

Vestibular Evaluation and Rehabilitation: A Team Approach for Audiologists and Physical Therapists

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.

Diverse group of job canidate photo

Negotiate: You’re Worth It

While it can be uncomfortable, negotiating your salary is a critical step in the offer process.

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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Tinnitus Management

Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Treating Tinnitus

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.

Man operating ShoeBox app on phone

ON TREND | Modern Approaches for Reaching a Broad Audience of Potential Customers

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.

From the back, a young boy working in school with cochlear implant
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Specialty Series: Cochlear Implants

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.

Collaboration illustration

AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Advocacy 101: How to Educate Your Lawmaker

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.

Young boy playing the drums with ear protection
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

ACADEMY NEWS | New! Consensus Document for Audiological Services for Musicians and Music-Industry Personnel

Infant having hearing tested
  • Pediatric Assessment

ACADEMY NEWS | New! Clinical Guidance Document: Assessment of Infants and Young Children

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.