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ACAE CORNER | An Open Letter

Dear Friends,

I want to inform you about a variety of changes that will take place at ACAE at the end of the year. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today September/October 2017

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Tinnitus Management: ABA’s Newest Certificate Holder Program Launching this Fall!

While some audiologists have been conducting tinnitus management since the 1970s, organized clinical tinnitus treatment programs are a relatively new specialty with an evolving literature base. There are clinical guidelines for managing patients with tinnitus; however, there remains a lack of standardization in the field and varied approaches to management. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, American Board of Audiology (ABA), certificate holder-tinnitus management (CH-TM)

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | The American Institute of Balance Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

This year, the American Institute of Balance (AIB), one of the country’s largest multi-specialty centers for the evaluation and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders, celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Founded in 1992 by Academy Past President Richard E. Gans, PhD, AIB has been a world-wide leader in patient care, research, and professional education in equilibrium disorders, evaluating and treating over 100,000 patients and educating over 7,000 audiologists, physical therapists, and physicians worldwide.

Topic(s): American Institute of Balance, American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), Vestibular

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Welcome New Foundation Trustees

The American Academy of Audiology Foundation is pleased and proud to announce the new Class of 2020 board of trustees, who will serve as the Foundation’s governing body and custodians of the Foundation’s mission. 

Pictured from left to right: Shilpi Banerjee, PhD; Jane Kukula, AuD; and Mindy Brudereck Tanner, AuD, will be serving three-year terms as trustees to advance the Foundation’s mission of promoting philanthropy in support of research, education, and public awareness in audiology and the hearing and balance sciences.

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

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Our Year in Review

This is my last column as president, and there are so many things that need to be said. Over the past 12 months, the Academy Board, staff, and committees have tackled a lot.

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, Academy Leadership, AAA Conference

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C.C. Bunch: The First Audiologist

I will always regret that I never met C.C. Bunch. I like to think of him as the very first audiologist. Toward the end of his life, he was a member of the faculty of my alma mater, Northwestern University, but he died three years before I entered the school as a freshman in 1945. He was well remembered by the older faculty, especially by voice scientist Paul Moore, who helped Bunch prepare his book, Clinical Audiometry, the first real tutorial on the techniques and interpretations of pure-tone audiometric testing.

Topic(s): CC Bunch, audiology, Clinical Audiometry, Hearing Loss

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today September/October 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Getting to the “Us”

In the current era in which we live, we reap the benefits of easily utilizing social media. One can “virtually” interact effortlessly on various platforms, spanning generations, cultures, geographic areas, and economic bounds. Challenges and joys are shared with friends, colleagues, or acquaintances from distances near and as far away as the other side of the globe. As an academic, there is value in sharing publications, research, and scholarly debates. 

Topic(s): Social Media, Mentoring, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2018

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Listening to the Music in Nashville

It seems fitting, as we converge on “Music City” Nashville for our 30th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Audiology, to take time to enjoy the music. After all, “music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” (Plato). But, music and musicians can also teach us important life lessons. I once read that harmonious and enjoyable bluegrass music requires the stringed instrument musicians (e.g., guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass, dulcimer, etc.) to play in specific chords set by the lead instrument. 

Topic(s): AAA Conference, Academy Members

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2018

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | How Do You Change a Culture?

We now find ourselves in a time and age of self-directed (or consumer-driven) health care within our society. Thanks to “Dr. Google,” MANY consumers are experiencing some success in the ability to self-determine their own health needs independently. Health professionals are considered a necessity only when the self-directed care does not yield the expected results. Audiology is now entering into this service delivery that optometry, dentistry, and other health professions have navigated through within their discipline for quite some time.

Topic(s): audiology, Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act, Patient-Centered Care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2018