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Get to Know a New Class of Audiologists

It is estimated that two to three of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with some degree of hearing loss and that more will acquire hearing loss later in childhood, according to the National Institutes of Health. The passage of the Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening Act of 1999 and the adoption of universal newborn hearing screenings in many states, in conjunction with early-intervention services, changed lives and outcomes for many children.

Topic(s): Students, Hearing Loss, Bilateral Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, mastoidectomy, Acoustic, Psychology, cochlear phone clip, cochlear mini-microphone, Academia, Education

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How to Effectively Access and Collaborate with Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Systems

Public health agencies, in conjunction with Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs, monitor the results of newborn screening outcomes, newborns with risk factors for the late onset of hearing loss, the prevalence of confirmed hearing loss, the type and degree of these losses, and the number of babies enrolled in services. A public health system is the best way for all of the parties providing hearing care to a child to have access to the results of the provided care. 

Topic(s): Pediatric, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Patient care, Treatment, Hearing

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Our Responsibility to Move Audiology Forward

A culture of quality is needed if we are to bring audiology into the spotlight and highlight our expertise in hearing and balance. Ritz-Carlton co-founder and former president Horst Schulze states that we can create transactions every day, but until we place the person next to us as the most important person in the world in that moment, we will never create an experience.

Topic(s): Professional, Patient care, Public Awareness, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Balance/Vestibular, Hearing Aids, Hearing Health Care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today September/October 2019

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Decoupling Professional Audiological Services from the Sale of Hearing Devices

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Helping adults manage hearing loss is by far the most fundamental aspect of audiology practice, making this the bread and butter of our profession. Hearing instruments play a crucial role in managing hearing loss in adults (Ftouh et al, 2018; Laplante-Lévesque et al, 2010).

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Patient care, Treatment, Hearing Aids, Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Hearing Health Care, Audiologist

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KNOW HOW | Changing Times Will Revitalize Audiology Services

Audiology services and provisions are changing following the passage of the over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid legislation. In the end, what that will actually mean is still unclear. Likely, we will see a device that can manage mild hearing loss for patients and give them some options for their hearing health care. Those of us who have practiced for many years are still trying to decide how that will fit into our current practice model and whether to incorporate an OTC product in the clinic. 

Topic(s): Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Audiometric Test, Tinnitus, Cochlear Implants (CI), Hearing, Balance/Vestibular, speech-in-noise, Bluetooth, Professional

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ACADEMY NEWS | Differentiating Fact from Fiction: The Challenge to Members for Outreach in Hearing Health Care

In an article by a graduate student at the University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMB), Amanda Labuza spoke to the importance of outreach and relayed her experience with UMB’s Neuroscience Outreach and Volunteer Association (NOVA). 

Through this experience, Amanda noted,

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Captioned Phone Services: Best-Practice Guidance

In April 2019, the American Academy of Audiology (Academy) and the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA), released the document Suggested Best Practices for Audiologists’ Determination of Need for Captioned Phone Services. The two organizations drafted this document in response to concerns identified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the captioned telephone services (CTS) program is being overused, which could lead to potential funding deficits for this important service.

Topic(s): Advocacy, captioned phone services

Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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ACAE CORNER | Infusing Evidence-Based Practice in AuD Education: Report from the 2019 Clinical Education Forum

The fourth annual Clinical Education Forum was held the morning of Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Academy’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. As has been the tradition, the Clinical Education Forum was co-sponsored by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD). 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Education

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | American Board of Audiology Certification: A look at changes in the certification process

The significant changes in the American Board of Audiology (ABA) certification process are generating a number of questions from current and prospective certificants. The ABA board felt that it might be beneficial to Academy members, who may have similar questions, to offer more information on the topic. 

Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Education

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Say the Word “Survey”: Inspiring Data-Driven Change for Audiology Externships

Since the creation of the AuD, many conversations have taken place to evaluate audiology education and the externship, but few of those have included large perspectives from significant stakeholders—students and recent graduates. To address this, the Student Academy of Audiology Education and Externship Survey was disseminated in September 2018 to current graduate students, externs, and new professionals to further investigate areas of strengths and weaknesses in the current education model and the externship process. 

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