Audiology Today May/June 2021

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 2021 Audiology Today issue below!

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  • Hearing Conditions

ONLINE FEATURE | COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Auditory and Vestibular Systems

Although the COVID-19 virus has been a part our lives for over 18 months, auditory research is slowly emerging to guide our profession as to which tests to use, what findings to expect and how to better manage COVID-19 survivors—especially those with special needs—both short term and long term.

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ONLINE FEATURE | Things You Cannot Learn in School

ONLINE FEATURE | Things You Cannot Learn in School

Becoming an audiologist takes more than a degree; it takes experience, practice, and a willingness to learn. School was a great place to start that evolution, but it should not stop there. The things I have learned over the past several years could not have been taught in school.

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ONLINE FEATURE | A Review of the Academy Research Conference (ARC) 2021: Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

ONLINE FEATURE | A Review of the Academy Research Conference (ARC) 2021: Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

The American Academy of Audiology and the 2021 Academy Research Conference organizers wish to express their sincere gratitude to all of the speakers for sharing their expertise and time. Their outstanding presentations made the 2021 ARC a resounding success. Below, please find summaries of each of the conference presentations.

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ONLINE FEATURE | First-Ever All-Digital Event Designed with Audiologists in Mind: AAA 2021 Virtual

ONLINE FEATURE | First-Ever All-Digital Event Designed with Audiologists in Mind: AAA 2021 Virtual

In keeping with the theme, “All Audiology, All Digital” the Academy launched its first-ever all-virtual conference, AAA 2021 Virtual, held April 14–16.

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ONLINE FEATURE | Healthy Hearing Outreach During COVID-19

When COVID-19 swept across the world, in-person events stopped and opportunities for healthy hearing outreach shifted to a new platform—online. This article discusses how The University of Iowa’s healthy hearing outreach program adapted during the pandemic. We will share some of our best practices and benefits for online outreach for now and in the future

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Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Create a Space for Safe Dialogue

We can model our discussions on civil discourse to create a space for safe dialogue. As a member of this professional community and with a focus on building a shared future, I commit to celebrating the fact that there are multiple viewpoints, honoring and respecting those with the courage and conviction to introduce divergent ideas, and recognizing that, as a group, we make better decisions based on diverse perspectives.

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Infection-Control Hindsight from 2020: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Infection-Control Hindsight from 2020: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

As audiology prepares for a new normal, here are a few key infection-control lessons learned in the past year.

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Exploring the Interdisciplinary Relationship Between Otolaryngology and Audiology

Exploring the Interdisciplinary Relationship Between Otolaryngology and Audiology

Successful symbiotic relationships between audiologists and otolaryngologists rely on the realization that we are two clinicians working on the same team. The respect between the two professions is fostered in the way we communicate, elevate, and educate each other and the future generation of providers.

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New Sources of Revenue for the Audiology Practice
  • Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

New Sources of Revenue for the Audiology Practice

The pandemic has created unique challenges that extend into the private audiology practice. In this article, we explore practical ways that clinics are building new revenue streams, including more efficient processes with audiology assistants, cognitive screenings, and partnering with third-party administrators.

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ON TREND | A Free Genetic Test Opens Doors for Children with Auditory Neuropathy

ON TREND | A Free Genetic Test Opens Doors for Children with Auditory Neuropathy

The most common genetic cause of auditory neuropathy is insufficient production of a protein called otoferlin, which is expressed in cochlear inner hair cells and enables communication with the auditory nerve.

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ON TREND | The Pandemic’s Impact on Clinics—Some Datapoints

ON TREND | The Pandemic’s Impact on Clinics—Some Datapoints

Sycle looked at anonymized data from March 2020 to January 2021, compared to the same timeframe the previous year.

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Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology: Interprofessional Partners
  • Auditory Neuropathy
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Cochlear Implant

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology: Interprofessional Partners

The disciplines of audiology and speech-language pathology are naturally aligned. We work in similar settings and with similar populations, often with the goal of similar functional outcomes. The importance of audiologists and speech-language pathologists’ interprofessional practice is therefore an essential element of person-centered care.

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Helping Patients Improve Their Quality of Life as They Face Death

Helping Patients Improve Their Quality of Life as They Face Death

We must recognize that there are gray areas in our discussions with patients that may present a challenge to professional boundaries, rather than a breach of those boundaries.

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ON TREND | Payment Options Help Provide Seamless Transition to Providers

ON TREND | Payment Options Help Provide Seamless Transition to Providers

While creating greater interprofessional collaboration, health-care providers should look for ways to make the patient experience as seamless as possible.

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ON TREND | Make a Positive Lasting Impression On Your Patients

ON TREND | Make a Positive Lasting Impression On Your Patients

Otoscan® is an innovative 3D digital ear scanner that is transforming the relationship between audiologist and hearing aid manufacturer. But what about the relationship with the patient?

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | The Audiology Quality Consortium

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | The Audiology Quality Consortium

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) places great emphasis on outcomes measures that are intended to influence patient-care delivery and current and future provider reimbursement.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Despite a Pandemic, Advocacy Continues on Federal and State Fronts

AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Despite a Pandemic, Advocacy Continues on Federal and State Fronts

Even though the pandemic is still ongoing, the Academy has been active on the advocacy front on the federal and state levels.

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ACADEMY NEWS | Academy Publishes Position Statement on Audiology Assistants

ACADEMY NEWS | Academy Publishes Position Statement on Audiology Assistants

In March 2021, the Academy released an updated position statement on audiology assistants. This document offers the current Academy perspective on the valuable role that audiology assistants can provide in supporting audiologists in the delivery of hearing- and balance-care services.

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