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 2023 Audiology Today issue below!
- Mental Health/Emotional-Psychology Well Being
Hearing and balance conditions are known to coincide with a host of health-related issues, including mental health. Audiologists need to be able to identify when emotional and psychological well-being is at risk in patients we serve. Several models exist for delivering difficult information, and we as audiologists must understand the signs of potential mental health crisis and feel comfortable discussing how to handle conversations surrounding mental health.
- Brain Training/Injury
- Treatment and Management
Patients with acquired brain injury are not routinely referred to audiologists, and audiologists are rarely a part of the interprofessional practice team. Working with this population provides an opportunity for our profession to demonstrate our significance in the medical arena and to facilitate the opportunity to enhance communication for those who have had strokes and other types of acquired brain injuries.
Tele-audiology is growing at a rapid pace, providing new ways for audiologists to practice and offering convenient care to nontraditional patients. From researching new patient populations and new technologies, to creating new platform capabilities and ways to educate audiologists, tele-audiology companies continue to fill an important role in the future of audiology.
What is practice valuation and why is it important? In the following interview, Amit Gosalia, AuD, ABA Certified, shares his personal experiences with buying, building, relocating, and selling private practices. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Gosalia has built more than one successful practice and serves as a consultant for others going through the valuation process.
The objective of this article is to review the role of Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and resources available through MACs to support Medicare providers in successful program participation, provider education, claims filing, reimbursement, and payer advocacy.
As we go to press, the Academy, along with the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is celebrating the recent reintroduction of legislation by Senators Warren (D), Grassley (R), and Paul (R) that would modernize how Medicare recognizes and reimburses audiology services.
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There are not enough audiologists or hearing instrument specialists to address the ever-increasing demand for hearing-health care. Nearly 80 percent of individuals with hearing loss do not have access to hearing care, as they live in regions with a shortage of working audiologists and hearing- care professionals (D’Onofrio and Zeng, 2022).