Audiology Today September/October 2018

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 September/October 2018 Audiology Today issue below!

Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Can We Demonstrate Our Value?

Having grown up in a family with extremely limited financial resources, I still remain vigilant in identifying the value in all things.

Image of knotted rope that shows connection - KNOW HOW | The Audiologist: A Partner Within a Health-Care Team Article

KNOW HOW | The Audiologist: A Partner Within a Health-Care Team

Hearing loss is associated with numerous systemic disorders. Audiologists frequently provide consultation for patients whose care is managed by other specialists. In many of these situations, audiologists need to provide more than a consultative service.

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Audiology, Interprofessional Collaboration, and School Health Services

The increased call for interprofessional collaborative practice across educational and health profession models provides an opportunity for audiologists to increase public awareness of the role of educational audiology services.

Diverse photo of people with Tinnitus - Background and Theory of a Nanotheranostics Approach for Treating Tinnitus Article

Background and Theory of a Nanotheranostics Approach for Treating Tinnitus

Integrating diagnostic and therapeutic functions under the rubric of nanotheranostics represents a powerful and attractive paradigm that is well suited for treating tinnitus.

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Are Too Many Choices Leaving Your Patients Dazed and Confused?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer, which is why it is important for audiologists to guide their patients in an environment where options are increasing rapidly.

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OPINION EDITORIAL | Branding the Lie or Branding the Truth: The Need to Differentiate Audiologists from Hearing Aid Dealers (Part 2)

The audiology and medical professions should not surrender their identities and be forced into one collective group. This gives a false impression to consumers when they are trying to make important choices and informed decisions about health care.

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CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION | Influence of Provider Remarks on Efforts to Maximize Residual Hearing in a Deaf Client

Welcome back to an ongoing series, Case Study Investigation (CSI), that challenges the audiologist to identify a diagnosis for a case study based on a listing and explanation of the nonaudiology and audiology test battery.

Close-up photo of pile of money - CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | What Is “Medical Necessity” Article

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | What Is “Medical Necessity”?

Insurance companies provide coverage for care, items and services that they deem to be “medically necessary.” Medicare defines medical necessity as “health-care services or supplies needed to diagnose or treat an illness or injury, condition, disease, or its symptoms and that meet accepted standards of medicine.”

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Is Social Media Really Worth the Effort for My Business?

Often clients ask how much time they should be committing to social media for their business. The answer is that it depends. It depends on your existing demographic audience, as well as your potential target audience.

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Give Back to the Foundation

When people think of giving to the American Academy of Audiology Foundation, most expect to donate money. While we are always eager to accept monetary donations, the Foundation will also accept the donation of your time.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Students and Their State Voice

The third annual National Day at Your State Capital Day (NDAYSCD) brought audiology doctoral students together from across the country to advocate for the profession of audiology and for the patients they serve.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Tinnitus Help Is Here: Take the CH-TM Today!

Part 2 of the Certificate Holder–Tinnitus Management (CH-TM) program began in July 2018, providing the final step for audiologists wishing to earn a credential that reflects the requisite knowledge necessary for the management of tinnitus patients.

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ACAE CORNER | The Importance of Accreditation “Of, By, and For Audiology”

The American Academy of Audiology was founded on the assumption that audiology needed an independent professional organization or, as Academy founder and first Academy president James Jerger famously stated: an organization “of, by, and for audiology.”

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | A Personal Journey Toward Advocacy

The opinion and assertions presented are the private views of the author and are not to be construed as official or as necessarily reflecting the views of the Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S.