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Friendship and Loneliness in Children and Adolescents with Hearing Loss

Our clinical concerns for children who are deaf or hard of hearing center on providing audible and comfortable access to sound. Our counterparts in speech-language pathology focus on developing receptive and expressive communication skills. 

Although our field excels at helping children with hearing loss who use auditory technology (i.e., hearing aids and/or cochlear implants) acquire speech, language, and hearing skills, we do not necessarily shine in addressing how these children use their communication abilities in the real world. 

Topic(s): Psychology, speech-language pathologist, Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implants (CI), speech production, speech intelligibility, language, speech-in-noise

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Behavioral Techniques in Pediatric Audiology

The standard behavioral procedures used to assess the hearing of very young children are powerful tools. Yet, even in the hands of a skilled clinician, they are nearly worthless unless the child is ready to be tested. Thus, it is helpful—indeed necessary—to draw on techniques that get the child to do what we want the child to do.

Topic(s): Psychology, Professional Development, immittance, otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), tympanometry, Audiometric Test, Acoustic, auditory brainstem response (ABR)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2020

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EDUCATIONAL AUDIOLOGY | Scope of Practice for Educational Audiology

The Educational Audiology Association (EAA) recently developed and approved a scope of practice (SOP) for audiologists who work in educational settings. The SOP describes essential practice areas that are unique to the practice of educational audiology (EAA, 2019). 

Topic(s): Education, clinical audiology, remote-microphone system

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Medicare QPP Rules for 2020

Under the final Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule for 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new Audiology Specialty Measure Set for audiology participation in the Quality category of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) (2020 performance period/2022 payment year).

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Quality Payment Program (QPP), Medicare, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2020

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Building Grassroots Advocates at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo

An integral component of successful advocacy in an association is the strength of the grassroots network. Staff can lay the groundwork and make the necessary connections with legislative and regulatory offices; however, what can be most impactful is the messaging of many individual members. Members of Congress want to hear directly from their constituents on an issue. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Grassroots Advocacy Network, HearTECH Expo, Future Hub, Workforce Diversity Act, Academy Advocacy in Action

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2020

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ACADEMY NEWS | Jerry Northern Scholarship in Pediatric Audiology

The AAA Foundation is excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for students interested in pediatric audiology. 

Dr. Jerry Northern has graciously donated to the Foundation to award three students with $10,000 each in tuition funding and $500 each for travel expenses to the AAA Annual Conference and HearTECH Expo.

Topic(s): scholarship, Pediatric Audiology, AAA Foundation, AAA Conference, HearTECH Expo

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KNOW HOW | Do You Want to Be a Mentor?

The changing landscape of hearing health care is causing unrest in our profession. Students and new professionals may feel insecure about job prospects and the future of the field, while more seasoned audiologists may feel powerless to adapt to changes in health-care delivery. 

Topic(s): Mentorship, Professional Development

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Clinical Vestibular Audiology Training of AuD Students: One Clinic’s Perspective

During doctor of audiology graduate programs, students are expected to complete coursework and clinical training experiences across the breadth of the profession. Depending on the curriculum of the school and the clinical experiences available, the quality of their clinical training may vary, particularly in some of the specialty areas within audiology.

Topic(s): vestibular disorders, clinical education, clinical audiology

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus

Tinnitus management is nuanced and many approaches can be taken, some supported by more evidence than others. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) repeatedly has been shown to be an effective approach to help patients manage their tinnitus distress. This article provides a general overview of what CBT entails and when to consider referring your tinnitus patients to a health-care provider who specializes in CBT.

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), asha, American Academy Otoringology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), mental health, Tinnitus Management, Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI)

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The Auditory Implant Initiative

The term “big data” refers to large datasets that are too complex for traditional data-processing software and instead require sophisticated machine-learning analytics. The use of big data in health care is receiving increased attention by consumers, researchers, and funding agencies as analyses of these data promote evidence-based decisions by physicians and providers (Ristevski and Chen, 2018).  

Topic(s): Auditory Implant, Auditory Implant Initiative (AII), HIPAA-Secure, Encrypted, Research, Management and Evaluation Solution (HERMES), pure-tone average (PTA)