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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. 

Topic(s): Mentorship, Professional Development

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

During doctor of audiology graduate programs, students are expected to complete coursework and clinical training experiences across the breadth of the profession. Depending on the curriculum of the school and the clinical experiences available, the quality of their clinical training may vary, particularly in some of the specialty areas within audiology.

Topic(s): vestibular disorders, clinical education, clinical audiology

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus

Tinnitus management is nuanced and many approaches can be taken, some supported by more evidence than others. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) repeatedly has been shown to be an effective approach to help patients manage their tinnitus distress. This article provides a general overview of what CBT entails and when to consider referring your tinnitus patients to a health-care provider who specializes in CBT.

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), asha, American Academy Otoringology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), mental health, Tinnitus Management, Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI)

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The Auditory Implant Initiative

The term “big data” refers to large datasets that are too complex for traditional data-processing software and instead require sophisticated machine-learning analytics. The use of big data in health care is receiving increased attention by consumers, researchers, and funding agencies as analyses of these data promote evidence-based decisions by physicians and providers (Ristevski and Chen, 2018).  

Topic(s): Auditory Implant, Auditory Implant Initiative (AII), HIPAA-Secure, Encrypted, Research, Management and Evaluation Solution (HERMES), pure-tone average (PTA)

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Understanding the Patient in Patient-Centered Care

My Hearing-Loss Journey 

My hearing-loss journey began as a child, watching my father struggle with the stigma of his hearing loss.  

His hearing loss developed in early adulthood, an unwanted nuisance he inherited from his mother. I vaguely remember him wearing one hearing aid, and then two, and proceeding to grow his sideburns long over his ears to hide the evidence. This looked okay in the 1970s, but his sideburns stayed long his entire life, even as fashions changed.  

Topic(s): Patient-Centered Care (PCC), Hearing Loss, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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

Tinnitus is the sensation of sound without any external sound source. Hyperacusis is intolerance of certain everyday sounds that causes significant distress and impairment in social, occupational, recreational, and other day-to-day activities (Aazh et al, 2016). The sounds may be perceived as uncomfortably loud, unpleasant, frightening, or painful (Tyler et al, 2014).  

Topic(s): mental health, Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, Pediatric, Adult, adverse childhood experiences (ACE), Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Therapy Specialist Clinic (THTSC), Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ), ear, nose, and throat (ENT)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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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. This is also the reason that review sites are so popular, as the public flocks to them to get opinions on what to buy, where to travel, where to eat, what physicians and audiologists to see, which home service companies to hire, and which companies to avoid. Social media reviews can make or break a business and, once they turn negative, it takes significant time to effectively turn them around. 

Topic(s): american academy of audiology, Social Media, Professional Development

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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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).  

A description of the new and revised codes follows: 

Topic(s): auditory function evaluation, computerized dynamic posturography, american academy of audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Academy Otoringology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CPT - Current Procedural Terminology, Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), American Medical Association (AMA), Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC)

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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). The new rule aims to bolster the ability of CMS to fight fraudulent or other inappropriate activity before it happens and before providers are paid. 

Topic(s): Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Office of General Inspector (OIG), secretary of health and human services, Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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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. Two years later, Hearing Healthcare Recruiters (HHR) made a pledge to the AAA Foundation to fund the challenges for five years, markedly expanding the potential impact of the initiative.

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Hearing Health Recruiters (HHR), AAA Foundation, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)