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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

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ONLINE FEATURE | Newborn Hearing Screenings and Follow-Up: Essential During a Pandemic?

The primary objective of local, state, and federal response to COVID-19 is to minimize mortality and mitigate explosive demand for acute health-care services related to COVID-19 complications, especially those that require care in intensive care units. 

Governmental responses have varied from statewide stay-at-home orders to more incremental approaches targeting restrictions in specific industries and locations. Certainly, many of these restrictions are warranted and necessary to achieve the desired public health outcomes. 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Pediatric Audiology, pediatrics, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Patient care, tele-audiology

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ONLINE FEATURE | Dietary Supplements Used for COVID-19 Treatment

There are no dietary supplements that will cure or prevent disease. With the 2019 coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important to understand that no supplement, diet, or other lifestyle modification other than physical distancing, also known as social distancing, and proper hygiene practices can protect you from COVID-19.

There is no research to support the use of any dietary supplement to protect against COVID-19. No supplement may claim to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure COVID-19. Consumers and retailers should avoid products that suggest they do.1, 2

Topic(s): COVID-19, Ototoxicity, Patient care, diet, dietary supplements

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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ONLINE FEATURE | Ototoxicity of FDA-Approved Drugs Being Re-Purposed for COVID-19 Treatment

According to the National Institutes of Health’s Center National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, many drugs approved for other uses already have been tested in humans, so detailed information is available on their pharmacology, formulation, and potential toxicity. 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Ototoxicity, FDA, Patient care, Practice Management

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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ONLINE FEATURE | Re-Opening in a Post-COVID World

Re-opening your audiology practice after the COVID-19 pandemic can be both exciting and stressful for you and your patients. Being able to offer audiological services in a safe manner will be a step in the right direction to achieving our “new normal,” will reinstate some form of revenue for your practice, and most importantly, will bring much-needed service back to your patients who rely on their hearing to stay in touch with their family and friends, now more than ever.

Topic(s): COVID-19, Practice Management, best-practice standards, infection control, business

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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ONLINE FEATURE | Audiological Management of COVID-19 Survivors Treated with Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin

In an effort to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19), front-line physicians are re-purposing two drugs: hydroxychloroquine (commonly used for malaria and rheumatoid arthritis) and azithromycin (a macrolide antibiotic used to treat common infections of the respiratory system, the ear and the eye). Both drugs are known ototoxic agents; however, there is no published research about the synergistic ototoxic effects of these drugs in treating COVID-19. 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Ototoxicity, Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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Tele-Audiology in a Pandemic and Beyond: Flexibility and Suitability in Audiology Practice

Health-care providers are scrambling to keep up with the demand for telehealth services as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps across the nation and world. Many are seeing unexpected benefits in the shift to connected health—and hoping the momentum continues after the emergency is over. 

Topic(s): Telehealth, tele-audiology, teleaudiology, telemedicine, COVID-19, social distancing, curbside, curbside care, Practice Management, clinical audiology, clinical care

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Communication Is Still Essential

As I write this message to you, COVID-19 is increasingly disrupting your ability to take care of patients, teach students, conduct your research, and run businesses, but most importantly, it is endangering you and the people you love. It is my sincere hope that, by the time you are reading this, we will be moving beyond the devastation. 

Topic(s): President's Message, communication, AAA Foundation, Find an Audiologist

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020