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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Getting to Know the New Trustees

This year, the American Academy of Audiology Foundation welcomes five new trustees to help carry on the Foundation’s philanthropic mission.

The March/April issue of Audiology Today featured two of our five new members: Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD, and Ryan Bullock, AuD. In this issue, we are proud to introduce to you Patricia Gaffney, AuD, Hillary Snapp, AuD, PhD, and Helena Solodar, AuD.

We asked our new trustees a series of questions so we can get to know them better. Here are some of the highlights.

Topic(s): American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF)

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Potential Pitfalls in Cochlear-Implant Billing and Reimbursement

As cochlear implant awareness increases and more individuals receive cochlear implants, the demand for related audiological services is growing across the country. To meet this need, many audiologists have begun to add, or are considering adding, cochlear implant services to their practices. 

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare, Medicaid, Cochlear Implants (CI)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Reach Your Ideal Patient and Stay in Touch

There are many companies that target potential customers by basing their reach on their current customers. While that is an effective way to know that you’re reaching prospects, you may not be reaching the customers you want and your ideal audience/customer may still be out there.

Topic(s): Marketing, Public Awareness, Patient care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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Essential Oils for Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, and Vertigo

Plant oils have been used medicinally for over 2,500 years. The first references to the use of plant oils can be traced to Chinese medicine, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Various parts of plants were consumed in either the raw state or dried, boiled, or steamed (to extract the oil). The end product was then consumed, inserted into any one of the natural openings of the body, massaged into the skin, or inhaled in vapor form. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Vertigo

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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Broaching Difficult Conversations: Recommendations for Audiologists

Twentieth century American psychiatrist and internist George Engle observed that, in addition to biophysical and psycho-emotional concerns, patients also exist within a social context encompassing family, friends, and community. Dr. Engel's (1977) biopsychosocial model of health-care engagement underpins what we recognize today as person-centered care. 

Topic(s): Psychology

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The Terminology of False and Exaggerated Hearing Loss

The Problem

Most audiologists probably have encountered a patient who produces within- or among-test discrepancies in audiometric results that have no medical explanation. This phenomenon goes under a multiplicity of terms. In addition to pseudohypacusis, nonorganic hearing loss, and functional hearing loss, there are malingering, dis/simulating, faking, feigning, conversion, hysterical, psychogenic, and more. 

Topic(s): false and exaggerated hearing loss (FEHL), Hearing Loss, Psychology, Audiogram, speech-in-noise, dysphonia, spastic dysphonia, spasmodic dysphonia

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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Embracing Change in Audiological Treatment: Over-the-Counter Hearing Devices

In October 2015, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to President Barack Obama titled “Aging America and Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies.” In the report, the council informed the president that untreated age-related hearing loss is a significant national problem. The advisors provided recommendations to decrease cost; enhance innovation; and improve the convenience, capability, and use of devices for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. 

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Healthcare, Personal Sound Amplification PSAP, Hearing Aids

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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Audiological Counseling Practices: Survey of VA Dispensing Audiologists

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative approach to having a conversation about making a behavior change (Miller and Rollnick, 2013). While originally used to address problematic drinking, it has been used successfully with regard to other behavior changes, such as medication adherence (Palacio et al, 2016). The reaer is referred to Rollnick et al (2008) for an overview of applications in health-care settings.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Hearing Aids

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KNOW HOW | Lessons for a New Professional Becoming a Clinical Supervisor

As a new professional, I’ve had to learn how to become a clinical supervisor. While I learned the needed skills, I was fortunate to have very supportive, talented colleagues, as well as consistent contact from clinic coordinators at local universities. 

It’s important that audiologists at all points in their career participate in the clinical supervision of AuD graduate students. New professional supervisors can offer a great deal to graduate students and their learning. 

Here are some of the lessons that I’ve learned as I transitioned from student to supervisor.

Topic(s): Professional Development, Professional, Audiologist, American Board of Audiology (ABA)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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CSI AUDIOLOGY | Considering Birth History When It Comes to High-Frequency Hearing

Case History

The 26-year-old mother was healthy throughout the term of the pregnancy and went into labor at 40-weeks' gestation. The pregnancy was complicated just prior to delivery with a possible abruption. There was significant bradycardia with the heart rate of the patient down to 40 beats per minute prior to delivery. This required a stat cesarean section.

Topic(s): Hearing Loss, High Frequency, Balance/Vestibular, Patient care