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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)

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Understanding the Patient in Patient-Centered Care

My Hearing-Loss Journey 

My hearing-loss journey began as a child, watching my father struggle with the stigma of his hearing loss.  

His hearing loss developed in early adulthood, an unwanted nuisance he inherited from his mother. I vaguely remember him wearing one hearing aid, and then two, and proceeding to grow his sideburns long over his ears to hide the evidence. This looked okay in the 1970s, but his sideburns stayed long his entire life, even as fashions changed.  

Topic(s): Patient-Centered Care (PCC), Hearing Loss, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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Parental Separation and Parental Mental Health in Childhood: Coping with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis in Adulthood

Tinnitus is the sensation of sound without any external sound source. Hyperacusis is intolerance of certain everyday sounds that causes significant distress and impairment in social, occupational, recreational, and other day-to-day activities (Aazh et al, 2016). The sounds may be perceived as uncomfortably loud, unpleasant, frightening, or painful (Tyler et al, 2014).  

Topic(s): mental health, Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, Pediatric, Adult, adverse childhood experiences (ACE), Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Therapy Specialist Clinic (THTSC), Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ), ear, nose, and throat (ENT)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Using Influencers to Market Goods and Services

Just as your friends and neighbors have input into some of the goods and services you buy, influencers can be just as meaningful—especially if they have authentic experiences to share. This is also the reason that review sites are so popular, as the public flocks to them to get opinions on what to buy, where to travel, where to eat, what physicians and audiologists to see, which home service companies to hire, and which companies to avoid. Social media reviews can make or break a business and, once they turn negative, it takes significant time to effectively turn them around. 

Topic(s): american academy of audiology, Social Media, Professional Development

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Auditory Function Evaluation and Computerized Dynamic Posturography: Codes and Payment Rates for 2020

In late 2018, the American Academy of Audiology, in collaboration with the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) surveyed the auditory function evaluation and computerized dynamic posturography codes at the request of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  

A description of the new and revised codes follows: 

Topic(s): auditory function evaluation, computerized dynamic posturography, american academy of audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Academy Otoringology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CPT - Current Procedural Terminology, Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), American Medical Association (AMA), Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC)