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Audiology Assistant Scope of Practice and Utilization: Survey Results

Advances in technology and research have allowed the profession of audiology to grow and further expand its scope of practice. Despite the professional growth, the number of licensed audiologists has declined by 3.3 percent over the last eight years (Hosford-Dunn, 2017). This negative growth rate is due to there being fewer graduating audiologists than there are audiologists who are exiting the workforce, whether due to retirement, change of career, or otherwise (Windmill and Freeman, 2013).

Topic(s): Practice Management, Audiology Assistant

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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I’m An Audiologist. Come Again? The Public Un-Awareness of Audiology

Audiologists possess amazing knowledge and skills that can change someone’s life, but we have had a difficult time spreading the word. The work we do day in and day out can truly enhance the quality of life of the individuals we serve. But, the messaging to the general public has been limited and ineffective, thereby reducing the number of people who seek our care.  

There is a lack of public awareness of the audiology profession. We can all contribute to reverse the narrative of public “unawareness” and tell a better story about the benefits of hearing and balance wellness.

Topic(s): Public Awareness, audiology

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ONLINE FEATURE | Call Me Doctor: Opinion Editorial

My dad suffered a stroke when I was in high school and part of his return to normalcy was working with a speech pathologist. I was fascinated by the process, and it led me to declare it as my major when I attended the University of Florida (UF) as an undergraduate. I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. 

Topic(s): Patient care, audiology

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Hearing Health Delivery: An Interview with Larry Humes, PhD

DR. SUMIT DHAR: Hello Dr. Humes, thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions about your recent publication related to different modes of hearing aid delivery (Humes, 2017). I have many questions that probably are on the minds of readers as well. 

Topic(s): audiology, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids

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KNOW HOW | Impact of Daily Operations on Business

The landscape of health care is continually changing and there is no part of the health-care system, including all providers that is not impacted by these changes. This impact extends to all patients, as they are facing larger out-of-pocket medical costs than ever before. They are having to make choices about which appointments to schedule, which medications to buy, and which medical recommendations to follow. Large institutions and small practices are seeing changes in reimbursement. Changes in reimbursement force health-care providers to reduce operating expenses.

Topic(s): Practice Management, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR | Impending Spondee Crisis

In his website editorial titled “The Impending Spondee Crisis: Audiology in the Age of the Millennial,” published at www.audiology.org (June 14, 2016), author Frank Bialostozky is thinking in the right direction about the impending spondee crisis but his thinking doesn’t go far enough. 

Topic(s): spondee, audiology, Patient care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Is It Time for Audiology to Consider a Prescriptive Approach for Amplification?

In recent months, many new stakeholders have emerged within the hearing health-care system, including retail chains, hearable and PSAP companies, and technology groups (e.g., Consumer Technology Association). The emergence of these new stakeholders suggests that there will be changes to the current model of delivery of that care, and that the consumer could experience greater confusion in the marketplace given the expanded technology options available.

Topic(s): Hearing Health Care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Lessons Learned in Nebraska’s Battle to Overturn Dual Licensure

As the field of audiology continues to grow and evolve, so does the need to examine existing policies and laws pertaining to the field that may be outdated. One such problematic policy that currently impacts many audiologists is dual licensure, which requires an audiologist to hold a state license in audiology and a separate state license to dispense hearing aids. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Hearing Instrument Specialists Practice Act, National Council of State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, audiology

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AUDIOLOGY IN THE PRESS | October Is National Audiology Awareness Month

Reaching out to media regarding hearing loss prevention, audiology awareness, and the importance of seeing an audiologist has been an exciting and eye-opening experience for our communications firm. Since we began working with the Academy to assist with media relations a few months ago, we have called on media across the country to pitch stories on hearing loss prevention and audiology. Just over the past few months, it has been an amazing and educational task.

Topic(s): Public Awareness, Public Relations Tool Kit, public relations, National Audiology Awareness Month

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today September/October 2017