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The Hearing Brain

Audiologists are regularly faced with the patient who presents to their office with a variety of hearing complaints. They often report significant difficulty hearing, particularly in background noise. These hearing difficulties negatively affect them both occupationally and socially. However, upon assessment, the pure-tone audiogram results demonstrate “normal” peripheral hearing sensitivity. These are perhaps not the anticipated results, given the patient’s reported difficulties.

Topic(s): auditory system, central auditory processing (CAP), Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), brain, Normal Hearing

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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Vestibular Evaluation and Rehabilitation: A Team Approach for Audiologists and Physical Therapists

Dizziness and imbalance are complex and, often, multifactorial conditions that require skilled evaluation, sometimes by multiple health-care providers. 

As audiologists, our role is largely diagnostic in nature. We are able to perform a variety of tests to help identify or rule out the site of lesion. Working in a collaborative team with physical therapists who are specifically trained in vestibular rehabilitation provides a comprehensive and dynamic approach to treating these patients.

Topic(s): vestibular evaluation, vestibular disorders, therapy

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Negotiate: You’re Worth It

Negotiating can be very intimidating for most people, regardless of their professional experience. People often describe the process as uncomfortable and sometimes fear the perception of being pushy. However, reaching the point of negotiating compensation is a   pivotal step when interviewing for a job.

I like to think of negotiating as an opportunity to discuss and demonstrate one’s value to the prospective employer. Keep in mind, even though your initial salary is just a starting point, it can significantly impact your financial trajectory going forward. 

Topic(s): salary negotiation, personal value, salary and benefits, job offers, job interviews

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Treating Tinnitus

Mindfulness-based interventions have recently gained popularity in treating and managing tinnitus-related symptoms, much as in other neurological and psychological conditions. Mindfulness-based therapies refer to a wide range of interventions where an individual’s “mindfulness” practice plays a prominent role. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Tinnitus Management, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based interventions, mindful

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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ON TREND | Modern Approaches for Reaching a Broad Audience of Potential Customers

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As a clinician or clinic owner, you may rely on traditional marketing to generate awareness for your business. Things like print and digital advertising can generate interest in your clinic, but they are typically expensive and hard to execute. 

Topic(s): Marketing, screenings, hearing screening

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Specialty Series: Cochlear Implants

In July 2019, the American Academy of Audiology released its Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cochlear Implants (CIs) (Messersmith et al, 2019). Cochlear implantation is a surgical procedure for the treatment of severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both children and adults. 

Topic(s): Cochlear Implants (CI), Coding, Reimbursement

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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