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The American Academy of Audiology considers endorsement of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and clinical guidance documents that meet its criteria and development process either upon request from peer professional organizations or when the Academy seeks to endorse another organization’s guideline in lieu of undertaking its own guideline on the same topic. Endorsement efforts are intended to reduce duplication of effort and to present harmonized recommendations to better serve the respective memberships and patients. Academy’s endorsement entails a formal review by the Guidelines and Strategic Documents Committee and an approval by the Academy Board of Directors. Clinical documents developed by other organizations may be placed in the following categories: endorsement, affirmation of value, or no endorsement by the Academy.

  • Endorsement: Fully meets the Academy’s standards defining clinical practice documents; the Academy endorses all the recommendations. 
  • Affirmation of value: Does not fully meet the Academy’s standards defining clinical practice documents; the Academy cannot endorse all the recommendations but deems the document to be of benefit to members.
  • No endorsement: Does not meet the Academy’s standards defining clinical practice documents; the Academy cannot endorse all the recommendations, and there are concerns with the methodology used.

The full process is articulated in the “American Academy of Audiology Endorsement of Clinical Practice Documents Developed by External Organizations” policy document.

The American Academy of Audiology has officially endorsed or affirmed the following clinical practice documents developed by other organizations.

American Cochlear Implant Alliance Task Force Guidelines for Determining Cochlear Implant Candidacy in Children
March 2022
Developed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Endorsed by the American Academy of Audiology.

American Cochlear Implant Alliance Task Force Guidelines for Clinical Assessment and Management of Cochlear Implantation in Children with Single-Sided Deafness
March 2022
Developed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Endorsed by the American Academy of Audiology.

Clinical Practice Guideline: Tympanostomy Tubes in Children (Update)
February 2022
Developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Endorsed by the American Academy of Audiology.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Guideline Flipbook
March 2017
Guideline Central Flipbook (FREE). Endorsed by the American Academy of Audiology.

Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (Update)
March 2017
Developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Endorsed by the American Academy of Audiology.

Disclaimer 

The clinical practice guidelines and other guidance endorsed or affirmed by the Academy are provided to assist practitioners in clinical decision making. The information should not be considered inclusive of all proper treatments, methods of care, or as a statement of the standard of care. With the rapid development of scientific knowledge, new evidence may emerge between the time information is developed and when it is published or read. The information is not continually updated and may not reflect the most recent evidence. The information addresses only the topics specifically identified therein and does not mandate any particular course of medical care. Further, the information is not intended to substitute for the independent professional judgment of the treating provider, as the information does not account for individual variation among patients. In all cases, the selected course of action should be considered in the context of treating the individual patient. Use of the information is voluntary.
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