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KNOW HOW | Lessons for a New Professional Becoming a Clinical Supervisor

As a new professional, I’ve had to learn how to become a clinical supervisor. While I learned the needed skills, I was fortunate to have very supportive, talented colleagues, as well as consistent contact from clinic coordinators at local universities. 

It’s important that audiologists at all points in their career participate in the clinical supervision of AuD graduate students. New professional supervisors can offer a great deal to graduate students and their learning. 

Here are some of the lessons that I’ve learned as I transitioned from student to supervisor.

Topic(s): Professional Development, Professional, Audiologist, American Board of Audiology (ABA)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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Tinnitus in 10: What Every Audiologist Should Know to Provide Research-Based Care

Tinnitus is an invisible condition affecting 10 percent to 15 percent of adults (Hoffman and Reed, 2004). Chronic tinnitus is defined as the persistent perception of sound when there is no external source (Jastreboff, 1990). It generally is accepted that tinnitus is manageable and not bothersome for about 80 percent of those who experience it (Davis and Refaie, 2000; Hoffman and Reed, 2004; Jastreboff and Hazell, 1998). That is, most people who experience tinnitus tend to ignore it and are not interested in receiving specialized clinical services.

Topic(s): Hearing, Tinnitus, Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Meniere’s Disease (MD), tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI), tinnitus education (TED), tinnitus masking (TM)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019

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KNOW HOW | Improving the Patient Experience

Audiology, as a profession, is ever changing, growing, and evolving. Once again, with the upcoming over-the-counter hearing aid definition and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, we all are trying to look in our crystal balls to see what the future holds. Audiologists have been the patient’s best option for the best patient care. We are, after all, part of the health-care industry. 

We must focus now on how to provide the best patient experience, the most patient-centered care to ensure success.  

Topic(s): Audiologist, Practice Management, Telehealth

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KNOW HOW | Let's Work Together!

Audiologists Make a Difference

Did you know that the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) is supported by approximately 350 volunteers? These volunteers are audiologists and audiology students with varied responsibilities and busy lives. These volunteers perform a wide variety of services for the Academy. Some give just a few hours here and there, while others are putting in some serious time for the benefit of the Academy and its members. Why would they do this? What’s in it for them?

Topic(s): Volunteer, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2017

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KNOW HOW | The Audiologist: A Partner Within a Health-Care Team

Hearing loss is associated with numerous systemic disorders. Audiologists frequently provide consultation for patients whose care is managed by other specialists. In many of these situations, audiologists need to provide more than a consultative service. For many patients seeking answers, our audiological results can help in determining a diagnosis and selecting appropriate treatment.    

Topic(s): Healthcare, Audiologist, Research, Patient care

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KNOW HOW | Use of Social Media Is Beyond Just Facebook!

It is a noisy health-care world, and there is an utmost need for marketing from audiologists who live in a world where they often struggle to be heard. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), on average, it takes seven years for someone with hearing loss to schedule an appointment with an audiologist (HLAA, 2018). This can be due to a number of hurdles. The primary one being that people suffering from hearing loss simply do not want to admit their condition. Second, their awareness of audiology is limited when compared to other health-care professions.

Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Social Media

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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KNOW HOW | To Fit or Not to Fit: Adults with Mild Hearing Loss?

Audiologists see a variety of hearing losses, mild sloping to severe, flat, and precipitous. We do not question to recommend amplification for a patient with a moderate hearing loss or a high-frequency, mild-to-severe hearing loss. But what about a mild, high-frequency hearing loss? What determines whether a patient chooses a hearing aid?

Topic(s): hearing aid, Hearing Loss, audiology, Patient care

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KNOW HOW | Tracking, Analytics, and Relevance—Oh My!

I recently was talking to a long-time co-worker and friend in a leadership position in a health-care office who commented, “What is this KPI stuff everyone keeps talking about?” I had to pause a moment to consider that someone in a significant position in health care would not understand what that is and why she should care. I began to poll colleagues, friends, professionals, and externs, and found that the majority had no clue what I was referencing. I was quite taken aback. 

Topic(s): Practice Management, Marketing

Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019

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KNOW HOW | The Beep that Keeps Me Up at Night

It is 2:00 am. I am searching through my house to find the smoke alarm that is running out of battery. Why does it always seem to go off at 2:00 am?! This sound is familiar to many of us; however, most alerting devices (alarm clocks, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, weather monitors, etc.) have one thing in common: alerting users with a high-pitch auditory signal. This raises a significant concern. Patients who are deaf or are hard of hearing may not be able to hear an alerting signal unaided, which puts their lives at risk and can make them less independent. 

Topic(s): Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, safety

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KNOW HOW | Impact of Daily Operations on Business

The landscape of health care is continually changing and there is no part of the health-care system, including all providers that is not impacted by these changes. This impact extends to all patients, as they are facing larger out-of-pocket medical costs than ever before. They are having to make choices about which appointments to schedule, which medications to buy, and which medical recommendations to follow. Large institutions and small practices are seeing changes in reimbursement. Changes in reimbursement force health-care providers to reduce operating expenses.

Topic(s): Practice Management, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017