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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

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Academy Advances Legislative and Regulatory Priorities in 2017 Primed for a Busy 2018

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) had an extremely active 2017 on Capitol Hill and with federal regulatory agencies, seeing multiple victories and building relationships that will allow for continued success as we enter 2018.

Topic(s): Advocacy, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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ACAE CORNER | What Is Evidence-Based Audiology?

This article is the first of a two-part series on evidence-based audiology and the education of audiologists. A second article will offer additional strategies for more effectively instilling in students the principles of evidence-based audiology, and their application in clinical practice.

To expand on this theme, let us look at the ACAE Accreditation Standards for the Doctor of Audiology Program, Standard 25:

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Education, Academia, Research

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | I Love My CH-AP!

February is the time of year when thoughts turn to love. Recently whilst perusing the candy and card aisles, the thought occurred to me that love comes in many forms. I love my job. I love helping patients. And I love helping students who will help patients in the future! 

However, it is widely agreed in our profession that there is a lack of formalized preceptor training; leaving preceptors ill-prepared for this important role. This gap in training is the root cause of inconsistencies in the quality of education provided to students. 

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

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2018

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Foundation Events at AAA 2018 in Nashville

Each year, the American Academy of Audiology Foundation hosts multiple exciting events at the annual conference. The annual Auction 4 Audiology launches on April 9, 2018 and runs throughout the AAA Conference. It is one of the most anticipated activities during the conference. The auction provides an opportunity to shop for ear-themed artwork and accoutrements, popular electronic items, gift baskets, new jewelry, and designer duds.  

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

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Media Training: Do I Need This?

As public relations professionals, we are often asked by company owners, presidents, and CEOs about media training. There are several typical questions that often arise.

Topic(s): Marketing

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2018