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Revolutionize Vestibular Testing: New Ways to Assess Patients with Central Disorders

The patient journey for vestibular assessment can be a lengthy process. A 2011 survey by the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) states that, on average, patients consult four to five doctors before receiving a diagnosis. Furthermore, it takes an average of three to five years for a person with a vestibular disorder to receive a diagnosis (VEDA, 2011). By applying new testing techniques, clinicians can scale down their workflow and obtain an accurate diagnosis in less time.

Topic(s): Encephalopathy, vestibular schwannoma, vestibular migraine (VM), Vestibular, vestibular evaluation

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KNOW HOW | Practice Differentiation Through Tinnitus Management: An Overview for Beginners

With the changing landscape of hearing health care, many audiologists are seeking ways to distinguish themselves and their practices from other dispensing offices and big-box stores. One aspect of patient care that can help differentiate one’s practice from the competition is tinnitus management. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Going Beyond Indulging

Regarding “The Impending Spondee Crisis,” by Frank Bialostzky (Audiology Today, Nov/Dec 2016, Vol 28, No 6)… .I’ve heard of indulging the younger generation, but this goes beyond the pale. At the very experience of hearing those remarkably outdated words like “sidewalk, hot dog, hardware,” I can only empathize with the young woman shown on page 54. Poor thing; I too would squint and crinkle my nose if faced with a similar assault on my sensibilities. 

Topic(s): spondee, audiology, Audiology Today

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Expanding Our Profession

The past 18 months have been nothing if not interesting for our profession. Between PCAST, the FDA, and the National Academy of Sciences, there have been multiple recommendations and suggestions regarding improving the access to, and affordability of, hearing care. More recently, the FTC announced that they too would be reviewing the delivery of hearing care, from their perspective as a consumer protection agency. And a bill has just been introduced in Congress that directs the FDA to develop rules for an over-the-counter hearing device. 

Topic(s): Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Advocacy, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Recess Provides Opportunities to Get Involved

As we head into July, we anticipate the upcoming weeks will be busy as Congress works to tie up pressing legislative business before adjourning for the annual August congressional recess. The Academy will be on the Hill during this energetic time to push forward as many of our legislative priorities as possible before members of Congress return to their home districts for the month of August. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act, Access to Frontline Health Care Act, Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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ACAE CORNER | Summary of the Second Annual Clinical Education Forum at AudiologyNOW! 2017

The second annual Clinical Education Forum was held April 8, 2017, in Indianapolis during AudiologyNOW! This year, ACAE jointly collaborated with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) in planning the program. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Clinical Education Forum, AAA Conference, clinical education

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Audiology Preceptor Education: Great Opportunities for You!

Historically, audiology students were supervised either in the university clinic or at community audiology practices by experienced audiologists. These one-on-one opportunities provided direction for the growth of an audiology student’s knowledge and skill, with the goal to obtain a specified number of “supervised” hours that presumably designated clinical competence. 

Topic(s): Audiology Preceptor, Education, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Humanitarian Audiology: A Call Not Far from Home

When posed with the question, “Why become an audiologist?” many of us have the same answer. It was not because the idea of working with hearing aids seemed thrilling or that we were yearning to fill out an audiogram on a daily basis. For most of us, it was because we have a strong innate desire to help people.

Topic(s): Humanitarian, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Audiology Organizations Address FAQs in New Coding Document

Members of the American Academy of Audiology’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) and the Practice Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) often collaborate with other audiology organizations, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), to develop coding guidance based on frequently asked questions (FAQs). Most recently, the groups worked together to create guidance addressing various issues related to coding and reimbursement for audiology services.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017