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Party Like It’s 1999

What a year 1999 was! With excitement and apprehension as to what would happen when the ball dropped and all four digits of the year rolled over to 2000. Some people were stockpiling batteries and canned foods, while others were busy prophesying on what was to come. 

Topic(s): history, Academy Leadership

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2020

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Blast Exposure and Auditory Processing

Auditory problems are the most common service-connected disability (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2019) and the fourth leading cause of medical referral for Veterans of the United States military (McIlwain et al, 2008). 

Topic(s): blast exposure, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, Noise, veterans

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Telehealth: The Great Equalizer

Geographical distance and provider shortage in the state of Alaska make access to specialist health care, such as audiology, difficult. To address this challenge, Alaska has developed a homegrown telehealth network that connects small rural community clinics to specialists. Pre- and post-operative care, management of otologic disease and hearing loss, hearing aid programming, and newborn hearing screening follow-up are a few examples of telehealth-based services provided by audiologists in remote Alaska. 

Topic(s): Telehealth

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Implementation Science—Moving Guidelines into Practice

Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices into routine health care. Clinicians can be at different points along a continuum in terms of readiness to change practices. The continuum moves through (1) pre-contemplation, (2) contemplation, (3) preparation, (4) maintenance, and (5) relapse, hopefully settling in maintenance. Sound familiar? 

Topic(s): Academy Leadership

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2020

On TREND: Expand Your Mobile Test Offering to Include Solo Play Audiometry

These children presented with active otitis media and were not feeling up to the manual testing task. I turned to conditioning them with play audiometry and was able to complete the testing needed on all four children in under an hour—solo. I was initially skeptical, as I was in full view of the child and was using one hand to assist with conditioning and the other to operate the tablet simultaneously. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my proximity did not distract the child from the task at hand.

Topic(s): Audiology Today, On Trend, Audiometric Test, Pediatric Audiology, Pediatric, Patient care

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | I Hope You Hear “Of Course!”

I hope 2020 is full of people responding to you with “of course.” The world needs more people saying “…of course.” Whether it is “of course you are welcome here” or “of course I’ll help.” Even “yes” isn’t as good as “of course.” “Yes” means it could have been “no”—“of course” means there was never any question. 

Topic(s): Hearing, AAA Conference, HearTECH Expo, Audiologist, Hands-On Pavilions, Cochlear Implants (CI), Professional

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READERSHIP SURVEY RESULTS | Audiology Today Summary 2019

On October 28, 2019, the editorial staff of Audiology Today (AT) sent Academy members a readership survey to gain insight into reader demographics, work settings, patient populations, and reader preferences. Members responded by providing general audiology demographic data, as well as specific answers to questions related to access and use of Audiology Today

Topic(s): Audiology Today

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Learning to Listen: Audiologists Are Pivotal

Catherine Palmer, in her General Assembly Speech at the Academy’s 2019 annual conference, inspired us by emphasizing that audiologists have an incredibly important and expanded role in the health and well-being of the people we serve. 

“Audiologists start a chain of events for a child that will promote reading, education, and employment,” she said in her address. 

That chain of events starts with a child learning to listen and learning spoken language. This article will address the audiologist’s role in those events from a very practical perspective.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Professional Development, auditory information, auditory neural pathways, Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants (CI), Parents’ Evaluation of Aural/Oral Performance of Children (PEACH), auditory brainstem response (ABR), visual reinforcement audiology (VRA)

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Behavioral Economics: A Conversation with Dr. Daniel Mochon, AAA 2020 Keynote Presenter

On a recent trip to New Orleans to attend the Louisiana Academy of Audiology meeting, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Dr. Daniel Mochon, who will be the keynote speaker at the AAA 2020 General Assembly, sponsored by Amplifon. AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 1–4. 

Topic(s): Behavioral Economics, AAA Conference, HearTECH Expo, Psychology, audiology, Hearing Health Care, Hearing Aids, Amplification, assistive-listening devices