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The Value of Audiological Care in the Age of Consumer Choice

With smartphone apps that amplify speech (Mimi Hearing Test, 2016), and effective (Ear Machine, 2016) over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) on the market, consumers may now obtain hearing devices from the comfort of home, completely bypassing the attention of an audiologist.

Topic(s): Consumer, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Patient-Centered Care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2017

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Your Business: A Plan for 2017

What’s your business plan for 2017? 

Responses may include, “I want to make more money,” or “I want more vacation,” or perhaps “I want to see less patients.” Regardless of the reactions, chances are that the wishes won’t become reality unless you have a specific plan to accomplish them. Every year, business owners should take the time to sit down and do a little planning, just to make sure that the new year will be a good one for business. 

Topic(s): Practice Management

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2017

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An Unprecedented Opportunity to Transform Your Practice: Interview with Barbara Balik

The lecture for our AudiologyNOW!® 2017 Indianapolis attendees will take place on Wednesday, April 5, and features Barbara Balik, EdD, MS, RN. Dr. Balik is a nationally recognized expert, speaker, and educator on health-care safety, quality, and adaptive systems design.

Topic(s): Patient-Centered Care, Health Care, AAA Conference

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2017

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Burnout in Audiologists: Sources, Susceptibility, and Solutions

“I’m so busy and stressed now that I’m working—and I thought grad school was bad!” “I’m so tired.” “I am sick of doing a good job and not being valued.” “Stick a (tuning) fork in me, I’m done!” A single term can describe what these individuals are feeling—burnout. Burnout is related to stress, frustration, and exhaustion that is emotional (Glasberg et al, 2007; Lavinder, 2005), physical (Felton, 1998), psychological (Jacobs et al, 2012), and/or spiritual (Crandell and Kreisman, 2004).

Topic(s): audiology, Stress

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2017

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Can Individual Cognitive Abilities Direct Audiology Treatment?

Imagine you are at a party or at a busy restaurant and you are trying to follow what your conversation partner is telling you. Despite the music, conversations of the other guests, and the sound of clattering dishes in the background, you are able to understand most of the story. You are able to direct your attention to your conversation partner, make use of contextual information, and fill in the gaps of bits of the conversation you may have missed. Of course, it’s important for the auditory system to accurately encode sounds.

Topic(s): Cognitive-Screening, audiology

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Global Action for Hearing Loss: Interview with Shelly Chadha

We recently had the opportunity to visit with Shelly Chadha, MBBS, MS, PhD, medical officer, WHO Program for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss. Dr. Chadha is a native of India. She was trained as an otolaryngologist at the University of Delhi, India, and subsequently undertook doctoral studies in public health at the same university. 

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Shelly Chadha, MBBS, MS, PhD

Topic(s): Hearing Loss, World Health Organization (WHO), Patient care

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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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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | At the end of January...

At the end of January, the Academy released two statements regarding the accessibility and affordability of hearing care in the United States. These statements were driven by the considerable attention hearing care services and devices have received over the past 18 months in Washington, DC. Of particular interest is the outcome of a December meeting at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), where the role of the audiology community in hearing care was readily apparent.

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, audiology, Patient-Centered Care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2017

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Ohio Students Head to Capitol Hill in Recognition of World Hearing Day

The World Health Organization has designated March 3 as World Hearing Day. With this year’s theme addressing the economic impact of untreated hearing loss, a group of 31 audiology students from the Ohio State University and the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium (NOAC) came to Washington, DC, to deliver this important message to lawmakers and to discuss other issues impacting the profession of audiology.

Topic(s): Advocacy, World Health Organization (WHO), Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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ACAE CORNER | Audiology Education: Innovative International Initiatives

A two-part series of ACAE Corner articles in 2015 was devoted to the topic of global audiology education. The first article provided an international overview of audiology educational models and programs in different countries and geographical regions (Hall, 2015a). 

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

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017