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ONLINE FEATURE | An Open Letter to the Audiology Community: Behavioral Audiology—An Introduction

Behavioral audiology (BA) is based on a simple question: How do changes in an individual’s auditory status affect their overt and covert behaviors, specifically, but not exclusively, their receptive communication function? This leads to the corollary: What changes can we, as audiologists, effect in a client’s auditory behavior to improve their receptive communication function?

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Real Change for Our Profession

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the entire group of audiologists I work with at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) was taking care of patients in person. Three days later, Monday, March 23, 2020, we were providing all of our services remotely. 

We had been thinking about expanding into telehealth over the past year, but we had all sorts of reasons why it wouldn’t, couldn’t, and shouldn’t work. And then one day, it had to work or we wouldn’t have been able to take care of our patients. 

Topic(s): President's Message, audiology, Telehealth, tele-audiology, teleaudiology, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CARES Act, Medicare, cochlear implant codes, Cochlear Implants (CI)

Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

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From Hearing Aids to Cochlear Implants: The State of Wireless Technology

Over the last 10 years, wireless technology has been a driver of innovation in hearing aids and cochlear implants. Today, our counseling narratives almost universally include discussion of the features and benefits that are enabled by wireless connectivity—it’s been a short trip from novelty to normal. This article reviews the evolution of ear-level wireless technologies and summarizes the landscape across hearing aids and cochlear implants. 

Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants (CI), Magnetic induction and radio frequency (RF), near-field magnetic induction (NFMI), Bluetooth

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

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Being Mindful of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Everyday Practice

A culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) patient is one who comes from a home environment where a language other than English is spoken and whose cultural values differ from mainstream culture. According to the Center of Immigration Studies, about one in five U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home (Camarota and Zeigler, 2015). 

Topic(s): culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD), CLD, health literacy

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Cochlear Implants in Private Practice…My Practice?

The world of cochlear implants (CIs) is evolving. What was once a treatment pathway for a limited population of patients with profound hearing impairment has expanded to include individuals with moderate to severe hearing loss. CI technology, which began as basic sound processing through an electrode array, has grown to include Bluetooth streaming and cell phone connectivity. 

Topic(s): Cochlear Implants (CI), CI, Hearing Impairment (HI), Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

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ON TREND | A New Path to Clinical and Financial Balance

During these unprecedented times, as the country safely begins its journey toward economic normalcy, we're faced with challenges that will require bold solutions. Even before the pandemic, audiologists who relied on hearing services were feeling market pressure from third-party payers, online retailers, big-box stores, and OTC hearing aids. Now, with un-shuttering, many audiology practices are scrambling to find clinical balance and business stability.

Topic(s): clinical education, COVID-19, Advanced Vestibular Treatment (AVT), AVT, Advanced Vestibular Treatment, vestibular rehabilitation

Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Specialty Series: Pediatric Assessment

In January 2020, the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) published its Clinical Guidance Document on the Assessment of Hearing in Infants and Young Children. The document covers four content areas: Pediatric Audiometry, Acoustic Immittance, Otoacoustic Emissions, and Electrophysiologic Audiometry. This article provides guidance on filing claims for pediatric audiometry and electrophysiologic audiometry. Coding for otoacoustic emissions and acoustic immittance are discussed elsewhere (Academy, Pediatric Audiology Billing & Coding Questions & Answers).

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, reimbursment, Pediatric Assessment, Pediatric, Pediatric Audiology, pediatric audiometry, electrophysiologic audiometry, Behavioral Audiometry, Behavioral observation audiometry (BOA), visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA), conditioned play audiometry (CPA), Speech Threshold Audiometry, auditory brainstem response (ABR), auditory steady-state response

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STUDENT SPEAK | The Count Starts Here: The 2020 Audiology Student Census

The beginning of 2020 marked the start  of the 22nd decennial census of the United States. 

The first census was conducted in 1790 during the presidency of George Washington. At the time of the first census, the U.S. population was 3.9 million. Today, the population is approximately 330 million, a number that depicts America's changes and expansion (Gauthier, 2020; U.S. Census Bureau, 2020). 

Topic(s): audiology, Students, SAA - Student Academy of Audiology

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Audiology/SLP State Licensure Compact: The Path Forward

In 2016, the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB) formally began the multi-stage process for developing an occupational licensure compact for audiology and speech-language pathology. The NCSB worked with the National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC), a part of the Council of State Governments (CSG) that has successfully worked with other health-care professions to enact licensure compacts. 

Topic(s): Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), asha, Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC), ASLP-IC, Telehealth, tele-audiology, teleaudiology

Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | Year 2019 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) activities beginning at the birth hearing screening and culminating in early intervention have positively impacted outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families in the United States and worldwide. 

Topic(s): infants and children, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), pediatrics, infant hearing, Newborn Hearing Screening, Sign Language, Hearing thresholds

Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020