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Otoacoustic Emissions: Toward an Updated Approach

Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), low-level sounds produced by the healthy cochlea, require normal or near-normal outer hair cells (OHCs) to provide amplification of the backward traveling waves so the outgoing energy can be detected in the ear canal and, for some types of OAEs, to produce the nonlinearities that give rise to the emission itself. As most audiologists know, these low-level acoustic by-products provide an invaluable window into the otherwise inaccessible cochlea and a useful gauge of OHC health and hearing. 

Topic(s): otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), Hearing

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Maximize Children’s School Outcomes: The Audiologist’s Responsibility

For children with hearing loss to succeed in school, good access to classroom information is absolutely essential. Acoustic accessibility means that the child’s technology and classroom acoustics need to be monitored, educational staff need to understand the effect of hearing loss on the reception of academic and social information, and teachers need to know how to employ useful classroom modifications. If there is no educational audiologist to advocate for the child, someone else needs to pick up the slack. 

Topic(s): Pediatric, Hearing, Patient care

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Audiology Advocacy Comes to Nashville

When people think of Nashville, they probably think of country music and cowboy boots. However, this April, audiologists from all over the world will meet in Music City for AAA 2018 to reconnect with old colleagues, get caught up with industry updates, attend educational sessions—and, yes, have some fun exploring this fun and historical city. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, AAA Conference

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2018

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ACAE CORNER | Educating AuD Students for the Practice of Evidence-Based Audiology

This article is the second of a two-part series on evidence-based audiology and the education of audiologists. In the first article (Hall, 2018), the concept of evidence-based audiology was reviewed. Also, challenges in the incorporation of evidence-based audiology into doctor of audiology (AuD) programs were identified. This article offers general and specific steps and strategies for more effectively instilling in doctor of audiology students the principles of evidence-based audiology, and their application in clinical practice.

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Education, Professional Development

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2018

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Audiologists with Hearing Loss: A Different Perspective

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, at AudiologyNOW! (now AAA Annual Conference) in Indianapolis, Indiana, the annual Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Audiologists Meeting sparked connections and a desire to change perspectives. 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, AAA Conference, Hearing Loss, Audiologist

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Getting to Know the New Trustees

The Foundation is excited and proud to welcome our new trustees. Drs. Kukula, Banjeree, and Brudereck will serve on the Foundation Board though September 30, 2020. These trustees will join our other board members and work with the Academy and other affiliated organizations to fill the Foundation’s mission. We hope you enjoy hearing more about their experiences, backgrounds, and unique personalities. 

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

Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2018

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage Use: Mandatory or Voluntary?

Understanding the correct use of the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) Form CMS-R-131 is important to ensure billing compliance for traditional Medicare (Part B). Audiologists may face challenges determining when Medicare covers a service and when an ABN is required. Federal law requires that providers, including audiologists, must notify a Medicare beneficiary in advance when a service that Medicare typically covers is likely to be denied and/or when the item or service is not considered by Medicare to be medically reasonable and necessary. The ABN meets this requirement.

Topic(s): Medicare, Coding, Reimbursement, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Balance/Vestibular

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CSI AUDIOLOGY | When Is Ménière’s Disease Not Ménière’s Disease?

Dizziness is a common complaint, with approximately 35 percent of adults reporting dizziness, with the prevalence increasing dramatically with age (Agrawal, 2009). As the profession of audiology has evolved, so has our understanding of the various disorders that cause imbalance and dizziness. This article will walk you through the case of Sunny Susan (patient’s name changed to protect identity), a woman who I first saw as a balance patient after she had spent over 22 years struggling with recurrent dizziness and progressive hearing loss. 

Topic(s): Dizziness, Balance/Vestibular, Meniere’s Disease (MD), conductive-mixed hearing loss, Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, Patient care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2018

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Academy PAC Goes Local in 2018

The Academy’s Political Action Committee (PAC) plays a key role in supporting federal advocacy initiatives. 

In 2017, the Academy was able to make contributions to congressional champions such as Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), among others, at fundraising events in Washington, D.C. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Political Action Committee (PAC), Grassroots Advocacy Network

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2018