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Audiology Today (AT) is the American Academy of Audiology’s award-winning magazine of, by, and for audiologists. Each issue of this full-color, bimonthly magazine provides comprehensive reporting on topics relevant to audiology, including clinical activities and hearing research, current events, news items, professional issues, individual-institutional-organizational announcements, and other areas within the scope of practice of audiology.

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A Hidden Aspect of Acquired Brain Injury: Central Auditory Processing Disorder Header Image
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder

ONLINE FEATURE | A Hidden Aspect of Acquired Brain Injury: Central Auditory Processing Disorder

There is considerable hope for recovery for people who have had a stroke and significant opportunities for audiologists to educate the general population on this topic. Stroke is a very common cardio-vascular event, and it is very likely that this issue will touch the lives of someone we know.

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Mixed Methods Analysis of Student Perspectives on the AuD Externship

ONLINE FEATURE | Mixed Methods Analysis of Student Perspectives on the AuD Externship

As the externship process continues to evolve, keeping student perspectives in mind for improving standardization and decreasing burden and stress is paramount for success. Taking these steps would tremendously improve student experiences, learning, and opportunities throughout the year, ultimately leading to the intended successful and invaluable externship experience. 

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Let’s Insist on Professionalism

There are numerous potential benefits to the use of social media. I believe that our professional interactions are nearly always well-intentioned, and most of the sharing is beneficial to our goals. But destructive content does exist, and in my view, it is a violation of the values of civility and trust that are the cornerstone of professionalism. This is not unique to us. The issues are societal and beyond our ability as individuals or even as a profession to meaningfully control. But every one of us has our own sphere of influence regarding how we engage with it and what to tolerate, just as we do for any other social interaction.

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Stories Matter: The Power of Storytelling in the Patient Journey

Stories Matter: The Power of Storytelling in the Patient Journey

By using a purely analytical approach, we fail to connect with the emotions of hearing loss and may fail to encourage patients to accept recommended hearing services. Storytelling can help us create an emotional connection with patients and build trust in our expertise.

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Pharmacology for the Audiology Practitioner

Pharmacology for the Audiology Practitioner

This article discusses basic principles of pharmacology that impact the ototoxic potential of drugs. Important pharmacokinetic parameters that potentially contribute to ototoxicity are introduced, common medications that have potentially ototoxic effects are identified, and the assessment of investigational medicines for auditory effects is discussed.

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Elder Abuse: A Need for Heightened Vigilance

Elder Abuse: A Need for Heightened Vigilance

Abuse of older people is an important public health issue. The precepts of person-centered care from a biopsychosocial perspective require audiologists to maintain vigilance for patient safety while at the clinic and within patients’ broader life context. In this article, the authors present the prevalence of abuse among elderly patients, signs of abuse of which clinicians should be cognizant, and the mandate for reporting suspected or observed abuse. The authors conclude with a call to change the Academy’s Scope of Practice document to include screening for patient safety and other health-care concerns.

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Helping People Use Communication Strategies

Helping People Use Communication Strategies

Helping adults with hearing loss to be able to use communication strategies in everyday life is about encouraging them to discover these strategies themselves, use the ones that work for them and their families, and empower them to use the strategies they choose on a regular basis. 

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Health Insurance: A Primer on Navigating Care

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Health Insurance: A Primer on Navigating Care

Insurance is a means of protection against loss, and health insurance protects an enrollee from financial loss from costs of health care (AHIP, 2022). Insurers provide a health insurance policy or contract with health-care enrollees. In some cases, the contract may exist between a third party or an employer. An enrollee must weigh the chance of needing health care with paying for a premium that covers their need.

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Audiology Outreach Making a Difference

ACADEMY NEWS | Audiology Outreach Making a Difference

In 2019, the Academy’s Health-Care Relations (HCR) Committee launched the Outreach Grant Program to support members’ development of and participation in outreach to other health-care-related providers. The committee applied to the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) for funding to support a program that would advance the Academy’s focus of outreach to referring providers. The AAAF provided funding for grants of up to $1,000 to support member projects for outreach at the community level. 

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ONLINE FEATURE | The Results Are In: 2020 Member Survey Results on Understanding When to Refer for a Cochlear Implant Evaluation
  • Cochlear Implant

ONLINE FEATURE | The Results Are In: 2020 Member Survey Results on Understanding When to Refer for a Cochlear Implant Evaluation

The 2020 American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) Member Connect Survey was sent to members in an e-mail blast and the survey link was posted to social media to invite responses from non-members. This article reports the data obtained from Academy membership related to cochlear implant (CI) candidacy identification. 

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Audiology Today President's Message

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | What Matters Most: Delivering Value to Our Members

There is a difference between being busy and being effective (TABLE 1). Completing activities is not the same as being productive, yet busyness has become a proxy for success. We tackle problems as they surface, instead of proactively anticipating what will be needed weeks, months, or years in the future. We stay in constant motion, measuring success in the quantity of experiences over the quality of interactions. When we ask someone how they are and they reflexively respond, “So busy!,” we translate their response to mean “successful and accomplished.” But, as Henry David Thoreau wisely observed, “It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”

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  • Pediatric Assessment

Too Tired to Listen? Effort and Fatigue in Children with Hearing Loss

Listening-related fatigue is an important, but understudied, issue for children with hearing loss (CHL). Learn more about recent research from Vanderbilt University Medical Center examining effort and fatigue in CHL. 

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