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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Communication with the Coding and Reimbursement Committee: How Members Contribute to Payer-Policy Advocacy

Many of you may be familiar with, or may have even used, the Academy’s e-mail box for submitting coding, reimbursement, and compliance-related questions. This centralized mailbox ( allows the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) to review and discuss all inquiries posed to the Academy. The CRC is able to research, discuss, and vet responses to questions received. Having a centralized system for answering questions serves many purposes.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Advocacy


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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AudiologyNOW! 2017: In Review


We kicked off the conference on Wednesday with many educational and social events to include the ninth annual Academy Research Conference (ARC), focusing on Pediatrics: Advancements in Assessment and Rehabilitation. 

Topic(s): AAA Conference


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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The Use of Outcome Measures in Clinical Practice: Part 1

Surveys designed for use in audiological practice have been available for many years. Possibly beginning with the Hearing Handicap Scale (High, 1964), surveys have been developed for varied applications, such as quantifying handicap or disability and for documenting outcomes of rehabilitation. The modern era of surveys for audiological practice arguably began in the early 1980s. There followed a proliferation of surveys for use in both pre- and post-hearing aid fitting applications.

Topic(s): clinical audiology, Clinical Practice

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Exciting New Horizons for Tinnitus Research

The American Academy of Audiology Foundation was honored to have James Henry, PhD, as the lecturer for the Topics in Tinnitus Lecture Series at AudiologyNOW! 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Henry is a research career scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D) National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) in Portland, Oregon.

Topic(s): Tinnitus


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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Drug Side Effects on Audiological and Vestibular Testing

There are over 2,000 drugs and more than 400 side effects that could impact the accuracy of the audiometric or vestibular evaluation and the recommendations made for intervention and management (DiSogra, 2008, 2001). 

During clinical trials, incidence figures of an adverse event (side effect) might be extremely low and reported as “rare” or “less frequent.” One person in 100 might report that their ears are ringing, however it could be reported as tinnitus, roaring, ear disturbances, or auditory hallucinations.

Topic(s): Vestibular, drug side effects, audiology, medications


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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Revolutionize Vestibular Testing: New Ways to Assess Patients with Central Disorders

The patient journey for vestibular assessment can be a lengthy process. A 2011 survey by the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) states that, on average, patients consult four to five doctors before receiving a diagnosis. Furthermore, it takes an average of three to five years for a person with a vestibular disorder to receive a diagnosis (VEDA, 2011). By applying new testing techniques, clinicians can scale down their workflow and obtain an accurate diagnosis in less time.

Topic(s): Encephalopathy, vestibular schwannoma, vestibular migraine (VM), Vestibular, vestibular evaluation

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KNOW HOW | Practice Differentiation Through Tinnitus Management: An Overview for Beginners

With the changing landscape of hearing health care, many audiologists are seeking ways to distinguish themselves and their practices from other dispensing offices and big-box stores. One aspect of patient care that can help differentiate one’s practice from the competition is tinnitus management. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Going Beyond Indulging

Regarding “The Impending Spondee Crisis,” by Frank Bialostzky (Audiology Today, Nov/Dec 2016, Vol 28, No 6)… .I’ve heard of indulging the younger generation, but this goes beyond the pale. At the very experience of hearing those remarkably outdated words like “sidewalk, hot dog, hardware,” I can only empathize with the young woman shown on page 54. Poor thing; I too would squint and crinkle my nose if faced with a similar assault on my sensibilities. 

Topic(s): spondee, audiology, Audiology Today


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Expanding Our Profession

The past 18 months have been nothing if not interesting for our profession. Between PCAST, the FDA, and the National Academy of Sciences, there have been multiple recommendations and suggestions regarding improving the access to, and affordability of, hearing care. More recently, the FTC announced that they too would be reviewing the delivery of hearing care, from their perspective as a consumer protection agency. And a bill has just been introduced in Congress that directs the FDA to develop rules for an over-the-counter hearing device. 

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


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017