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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Audiologists with Hearing Loss: What We Bring to the Table

"So what do you do?" I paused and thought of several different responses that were possible. I responded with a smile and three simple words, "I change lives."

Over the course of our careers, we are asked many times why we do what we do—sometimes we even ask ourselves that question. While there is a myriad of answers, some individuals have a personal experience with audiology that brought them to this profession. More and more students are entering the profession with hearing loss, and are excited for what the future has in store.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Hearing Loss, SAA - Student Academy of Audiology

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Getting to Know the New Trustees

Tell us about where you work: 

I work at the Cleveland Clinic, a large, multisite academic medical center near downtown Cleveland, Ohio. My primary responsibility is managing the Hearing Implant Program, which includes our cochlear, bone-anchored, and auditory brainstem implant services, as well as our single-sided deafness clinic. I am also involved in some clinical research and teach the Implantable Technologies course for the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium. 

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Hone Your Skills for a Great Interview with the Press

Great interviews don’t just happen. They have years of training behind them. While some people are naturally outgoing, have great interview instincts, and can pull off successful interviews with little training, that isn’t the case for most people. And, even after years of training, there are those who need constant work and still get jitters even after a lot of experience. 

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Coding Update: Contralateral Routing Device

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) and others recently requested revisions for codes and code descriptors in the CROS/BiCROS family and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved many of the proposed changes. The groups requested the changes to reflect changes in CROS/BiCROS technology. 

Topic(s): Audiologist, Binaural, Behind The Ear (BTE), Bilateral microphones with contralateral routing of signal (BiCROS), Contralateral Routing of Signal (CROS), In The Ear (ITE), Hearing Aids, Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Medicaid, Medicare, Fitting, Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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HAT Awareness: Efficiency May Be the Key to Increased Use

As audiologists are well aware, even the highest levels of hearing aid technology fit to best practice standards (Academy, 2006; ASHA, 2006) fail to meet the daily listening demands of many patients with hearing loss (Lesner, 2003; Laplante-Levesque et al, 2013). Indeed, as Table 1 reveals, the degree of hearing deficit remaining post-hearing aid fitting can be substantial.

Topic(s): Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Audiologist, Patient care

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Strategies for Increasing Medical Community Awareness of Audiology: A Call to Action!

With increased competition in the marketplace and changes in regulations allowing for over-the-counter (OTC) direct hearing aid sales to consumers, audiologists are becoming more dependent on hearing aid revenue as their main source of income. Thus, we quickly are realizing the urgency and need for increasing public and medical awareness of audiology.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Hearing, Public Awareness, Professional

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Informed Decision-Making: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Throughout the years, health-care service delivery models progressed from a provider-centered method of care toward a greater focus on the patient. In addition, increased prominence has been placed on the use of empirical evidence in the decision-making process to promote clinical accountability. But how can audiologists best provide patient-centered care when each patient is so unique?

Topic(s): Audiologist, Healthcare, Practice Management, Rehabilitation, Patient care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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Spotlighting Clinical Nuggets in the Upcoming Hearing Aids in Review

Did you know that there are nearly 20 journals that publish articles related to hearing aid technology, signal processing, and fitting? And that each year, more than 200 articles are published related to hearing aids? In the words of the great philosopher Frank Zappa, “So much to read, so little time.” Well, we’re here to help! 

Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Pediatric, Audiologist, Practice Management, Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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Medicare, Hearing Care, and Audiology: Data-Driven Perspectives

For the public at large, Medicare evokes the concept of a health insurance plan for the aged or retired population. Created in 1965 to provide a safety net for older individuals who faced substantial medical problems, the benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries are generally more limited than those available through private health insurance plans. Medicare has four parts (Medicare.com, 2018) as summarized in Table 1.  

Topic(s): CPT - Current Procedural Terminology, Medicaid, Medicare, Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management