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CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION | How to Save a Life

Case History

A 10-year-old female presented to the audiology department at a large pediatric hospital. She recently failed a hearing screening in both ears at her pediatrician’s office. The patient reported she was unable to hear. She stated that sounds were muffled and she was unable to understand when spoken to. The audiologist attempted to converse with the patient; however, she responded inconsistently and frequently looked to her mother for clarification.

Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, Ototoxicity, Hearing Loss

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2017

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Founder’s Interview: Dr. Fred Bess

Dave Fabry: Thank you for taking the time with us today, Fred Bess, PhD. You were a founding member of the Academy, and our second president after Dr. Jim Jerger. You had been very active with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and had a burgeoning professional role at the Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt, with your teaching and research career there. What was your reasons for focusing your energies on the formation of a new professional organization?

Topic(s): audiology, american academy of audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2017

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Kids Need Two Ears!

Children with hearing loss are at high risk for delays in acquiring and advancing speech and language, and achieving psycho-educational success. This fact, well known for decades, escapes clear guidelines for treatment when the hearing loss is unilateral, sensorineural, and “unaidable.” The traditional definition of “unaidable” is challenged by modern cochlear implants, which provide a potential—albeit “off-label” solution—to provide bimodal or binaural hearing in cases of unilateral hearing loss.

Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, unilateral deafness/unaidable, Cochlear Implants (CI)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2017

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Influencers of Business Success in 2017

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report in late 2015 suggesting that the market for hearing-impaired consumers was characterized by high cost and low innovation, and suggested that current distribution channels created a barrier to access for older Americans in need of hearing care (HLAA, 2016). The Council further declared that hearing health care was too expensive for the majority of Americans.

Topic(s): Practice Management

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Supporting Communication in Infants with Hearing Loss Prior to Cochlear Implantation

A baby fails a newborn hearing screening and an auditory brainstem response (ABR) indicates profound bilateral hearing loss. From an audiologist’s perspective, fitting for hearing aids and an evaluation for cochlear implant candidacy are often the next steps. But for parents the lag time between identification and implantation is often a stressful time that involves waiting and worrying. This lag, during which infants do not have access to auditory linguistic input, occurs during a sensitive period of prelinguistic communication development (Ruben and Schwartz, 1999).

Topic(s): Cochlear Implants (CI), Newborn Hearing Screening, Hearing Loss, Pediatric Audiology

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Back to the Future: Dr. Anu Sharma Is the 2017 Downs Lecturer at AudiologyNOW!®

Since 2005, the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology has been the highlight for pediatric audiologists attending AudiologyNOW!, the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology. This lecture series is supported with a grant from The Oticon Foundation. The inaugural lecture was given by Anu Sharma, PhD. Many pediatric audiologists, myself included, can remember sitting in that session, captivated and inspired by the groundbreaking work that Dr. Sharma presented on the biological markers of auditory development and the impact of early intervention.

Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, Hearing Loss

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2017

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Considering the Classroom: Educational Access for Children Fitted with Hearing Assistive Technology

As a rehabilitative audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and the mother of a child who is deaf, I expect to get a lot of questions about how to improve listening performance for children in schools. Classroom listening and educational access are complicated issues.

Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology

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KNOW HOW | To Fit or Not to Fit: Adults with Mild Hearing Loss?

Audiologists see a variety of hearing losses, mild sloping to severe, flat, and precipitous. We do not question to recommend amplification for a patient with a moderate hearing loss or a high-frequency, mild-to-severe hearing loss. But what about a mild, high-frequency hearing loss? What determines whether a patient chooses a hearing aid?

Topic(s): hearing aid, Hearing Loss, audiology, Patient care

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Where Is the Outrage?

On December 1, 2016, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016. This bill would make certain types of hearing aids available on an over-the-counter (OTC) basis, would remove the requirement for a medical evaluation (or signed waiver), and would also allow personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) to be sold for the treatment of hearing loss. 

Topic(s): Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), Advocacy

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ONLINE FEATURE | COVID-19 “Long-Haulers:” The Emergence of Auditory/Vestibular Problems After Medical Intervention

As of October 9, 2020, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) in the United States reported over seven million documented cases of COVID-19 and over 212,000 deaths since the virus was first identified in this country in January 2020 (2020). 

Early in the pandemic, the medical profession, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and both federal and state governments worked 24/7 to develop testing protocols and intervention strategies (pharmacological management and vaccines). 

Topic(s): COVID-19, audiology, Vestibular, vestibular disorders