Audiology Today November/December 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 November/December 2019 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | There Is Work to Do, Let’s Get to It…

It has been a pleasure working with Lisa Christensen in her role as president of the Academy. I appreciate how Dr. Christensen communicates—she is direct, thoughtful, and kind.

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KNOW HOW | Do You Want to Be a Mentor?

The changing landscape of hearing health care is causing unrest in our profession. Students and new professionals may feel insecure about job prospects and the future of the field, while more seasoned audiologists may feel powerless to adapt to changes in health-care delivery.

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Clinical Vestibular Audiology Training of AuD Students: One Clinic’s Perspective

Quality clinical education is vital to the development of future audiologists. Through the implementation of a structured internship program, our team of audiologists intends to provide that experience to our rotating students. We hope that the information contained in this article can provide readers with useful ideas on how they might expand on their clinical education programs.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus

To date, there is no cure for tinnitus. However, no cure is not equivalent to no treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one method to consider for your patients with bothersome tinnitus.

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The Auditory Implant Initiative

By connecting hearing clinics virtually, this initiative allows hearing professionals to track patient outcomes and collect aggregate data in an ever-growing database for research and analytics purposes.


Understanding the Patient in Patient-Centered Care

The best audiologists will provide a road map and set of tools that patients can use to manage their hearing loss successfully. These will not be the same for every person, but must be tailored to each patient’s priorities and communication challenges.

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Parental Separation and Parental Mental Health in Childhood: Coping with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis in Adulthood

In a trilogy of studies conducted at the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Therapy Specialist Clinic at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, the relationships among parental mental health and parental separation in childhood and the psychological impact of tinnitus/hyperacusis on the individual in their adulthood have been explored.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Using Influencers to Market Goods and Services

Just as your friends and neighbors have input into some of the goods and services you buy, influencers can be just as meaningful—especially if they have authentic experiences to share.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Auditory Function Evaluation and Computerized Dynamic Posturography: Codes and Payment Rates for 2020

In late 2018, the American Academy of Audiology, in collaboration with the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) surveyed the auditory function evaluation and computerized dynamic posturography codes at the request of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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COMPLIANCE | CMS Spotlight on Program Integrity and Provider Enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule that provides more authority for CMS to address fraud, waste, and abuse in federal health insurance programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | SAA Chapter Challenges: The Tradition Continues

In 2012, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Board of Directors established the Chapter Challenges to encourage SAA members to work toward common goals, help further the profession of audiology, and increase public awareness about hearing health care.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | You’re More Than Just Your Member Number

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is the national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) that serves as a collective voice for students and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification: A Panel Weighs In

The challenge for any certification program is to demonstrate the value of the certification.

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ACAE CORNER | A Career Devoted to Audiology Education: Remembering Pat Kricos

The first ACAE Corner article was published in the November/December 2011 issue of Audiology Today. As some of you may recall, the American Academy of Audiology Annual Conference that year was held in Chicago, with Richard Roberts serving as program chair.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Building the Future for Audiology

A new Congress offers hope. The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) opted to seize the moment to move forward together to seek a legislative strategy for the 116th Congress.