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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Stand Out from the Crowd: Become Board Certified in Audiology

In an economy that necessitates careful consideration of expenses, it is understandable that health care professionals need to question the value of obtaining credentials. What is the value-added benefit for spending extra money to obtain a certification credential beyond a professional degree? If someone is in private practice and does not have to prove anything to employers, why should he or she worry about being board certified? Why does it really matter to have the privilege of listing Board Certified in Audiology after my name? 

Topic(s): Board Certification, American Board of Audiology (ABA)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Pursuing Specialty Certification

For many students, the prospect of graduation can mean several things—the end of their tenure in academia, or perhaps the beginning of a fulfilling, lifelong career. If you ask me, I am looking forward to the focus on clinical service provision in contrast to meeting capstone deadlines, writing term papers, and studying for examinations. In reality, however, as a health-care professional, you have committed yourself to lifelong learning because audiology is a profession that is founded upon evidence-based practice.

Topic(s): Continuing Education (CE), Certification, Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC), American Board of Audiology (ABA), Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Communication with the Coding and Reimbursement Committee: How Members Contribute to Payer-Policy Advocacy

Many of you may be familiar with, or may have even used, the Academy’s e-mail box for submitting coding, reimbursement, and compliance-related questions. This centralized mailbox (reimbursement@audiology.org) allows the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) to review and discuss all inquiries posed to the Academy. The CRC is able to research, discuss, and vet responses to questions received. Having a centralized system for answering questions serves many purposes.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Advocacy

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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AudiologyNOW! 2017: In Review

Wednesday

We kicked off the conference on Wednesday with many educational and social events to include the ninth annual Academy Research Conference (ARC), focusing on Pediatrics: Advancements in Assessment and Rehabilitation. 

Topic(s): AAA Conference

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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The Use of Outcome Measures in Clinical Practice: Part 1

Surveys designed for use in audiological practice have been available for many years. Possibly beginning with the Hearing Handicap Scale (High, 1964), surveys have been developed for varied applications, such as quantifying handicap or disability and for documenting outcomes of rehabilitation. The modern era of surveys for audiological practice arguably began in the early 1980s. There followed a proliferation of surveys for use in both pre- and post-hearing aid fitting applications.

Topic(s): clinical audiology, Clinical Practice

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Exciting New Horizons for Tinnitus Research

The American Academy of Audiology Foundation was honored to have James Henry, PhD, as the lecturer for the Topics in Tinnitus Lecture Series at AudiologyNOW! 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Henry is a research career scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D) National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) in Portland, Oregon.

Topic(s): Tinnitus

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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Drug Side Effects on Audiological and Vestibular Testing

There are over 2,000 drugs and more than 400 side effects that could impact the accuracy of the audiometric or vestibular evaluation and the recommendations made for intervention and management (DiSogra, 2008, 2001). 

During clinical trials, incidence figures of an adverse event (side effect) might be extremely low and reported as “rare” or “less frequent.” One person in 100 might report that their ears are ringing, however it could be reported as tinnitus, roaring, ear disturbances, or auditory hallucinations.

Topic(s): Vestibular, drug side effects, audiology, medications

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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Revolutionize Vestibular Testing: New Ways to Assess Patients with Central Disorders

The patient journey for vestibular assessment can be a lengthy process. A 2011 survey by the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) states that, on average, patients consult four to five doctors before receiving a diagnosis. Furthermore, it takes an average of three to five years for a person with a vestibular disorder to receive a diagnosis (VEDA, 2011). By applying new testing techniques, clinicians can scale down their workflow and obtain an accurate diagnosis in less time.

Topic(s): Encephalopathy, vestibular schwannoma, vestibular migraine (VM), Vestibular, vestibular evaluation

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KNOW HOW | Practice Differentiation Through Tinnitus Management: An Overview for Beginners

With the changing landscape of hearing health care, many audiologists are seeking ways to distinguish themselves and their practices from other dispensing offices and big-box stores. One aspect of patient care that can help differentiate one’s practice from the competition is tinnitus management. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017