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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Advocacy 101: How to Educate Your Lawmaker

For 15 years, I have walked the halls of Congress. I did not take a class or even receive any helpful tips before embarking on this endeavor, but over time, I acquired valuable experience on the protocol and inner workings of Congress. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Grassroots Advocacy Network, lawmakers, advocate, government relations

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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ACADEMY NEWS | New! Clinical Guidance Document: Assessment of Infants and Young Children

The practice of pediatric audiology is an art and a science. Engaging young children to achieve accurate and comprehensive results requires a strong foundation of technique (science), creativity (art), and flexibility. 

Topic(s): infants and children, pediatrics, academy news, assessment

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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ACADEMY NEWS | Academy Launches Music and Hearing Research Grant

In April 2020, the American Academy of Audiology launches its newest grant program to support research relative to the prevention and treatment of hearing loss in musicians. The Music and Hearing Research Grant program will support research studies to add to the body of knowledge that will shape best practices in this area of audiology practice. The grant program is sponsored by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation through the generous contribution of Michael Santucci, AuD.

Topic(s): Music, Research, grants, scholarships, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2020

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | New Advocacy Opportunities for the New Year

2019 was a busy year in the area of advocacy—and 2020 shows no sign of slowing down. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Legislation

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2020

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Specialty Series: Tinnitus

The National Health Interview Survey found that approximately 10 percent of U.S. adults had experienced tinnitus in the 12 months previous to the survey (Bhatt et al, 2016; Shargorodsky et al, 2010). This article reviews codes useful when providing tinnitus services. For clinical guidance, the interested reader is directed to the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Clinical Practice Guideline for Tinnitus (Tunkel et al, 2014).

Topic(s): Coding, reimbursment, Tinnitus

STUDENT SPEAK

STUDENT SPEAK | The Extern’s Tuition Load

Across the country, the rising cost of tuition for audiology programs continues to permeate every decision a student and professional makes. This conversation is nothing new to us. Depending on whether the students attend a private or public university and have in-state or out-of-state residency, they take on an average of $10,000 a year for in-state tuition at a public university and up to $50,000 a year for tuition at a private university. 

Topic(s): Students, externships, tuition, loan

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OPINION EDITORIAL | Otolaryngology and Audiology in a Direct-Access Future

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) are together seeking changes in Medicare rules. The changes proposed will allow Medicare patients direct access to audiology services without a referral from a physician and would reclassify audiologists as practitioners. Classification as practitioners would allow audiologists to be recognized by Medicare (i.e., reimbursed by Medicare) for the full scope of their state-defined licensure law.

Topic(s): Advocacy, direct access

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Making Waves: Electrophysiology, Dolphins, and Advice

I recently had the opportunity to do an email “interview” with Robert (Bob) Burkard, PhD, a professor at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. His most recent project caught my attention at the American Auditory Society meeting in March 2019, and he agreed to take some time and answer a few questions on his work. Dr. Burkard’s voluminous list of publications fills 13 pages of his curriculum vitae and spans 39 years.

Topic(s): transtympanic tone burst electrocochleography (TB-EcoG), electrophisology

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Alternatives to (Not Substitutes for) Caloric Testing

The standard electronystagmography/videonystagmography (ENG/VNG) exam, first described 80 years ago, has been around for about 60 years. The recording techniques have improved, but the tests are the same. Our understanding of vestibular function and methods to evaluate the vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) also have improved, but our profession still relies primarily on VNG testing to determine vestibular function. Let’s take a critical look at this standard of care.

Topic(s): vestibular disorders, vestibular evaluation, Vertigo, vng, videonystagmography