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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Recess Provides Opportunities to Get Involved

As we head into July, we anticipate the upcoming weeks will be busy as Congress works to tie up pressing legislative business before adjourning for the annual August congressional recess. The Academy will be on the Hill during this energetic time to push forward as many of our legislative priorities as possible before members of Congress return to their home districts for the month of August. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act, Access to Frontline Health Care Act, Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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ACAE CORNER | Summary of the Second Annual Clinical Education Forum at AudiologyNOW! 2017

The second annual Clinical Education Forum was held April 8, 2017, in Indianapolis during AudiologyNOW! This year, ACAE jointly collaborated with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) in planning the program. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Clinical Education Forum, AAA Conference, clinical education

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Audiology Preceptor Education: Great Opportunities for You!

Historically, audiology students were supervised either in the university clinic or at community audiology practices by experienced audiologists. These one-on-one opportunities provided direction for the growth of an audiology student’s knowledge and skill, with the goal to obtain a specified number of “supervised” hours that presumably designated clinical competence. 

Topic(s): Audiology Preceptor, Education, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Humanitarian Audiology: A Call Not Far from Home

When posed with the question, “Why become an audiologist?” many of us have the same answer. It was not because the idea of working with hearing aids seemed thrilling or that we were yearning to fill out an audiogram on a daily basis. For most of us, it was because we have a strong innate desire to help people.

Topic(s): Humanitarian, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Audiology Organizations Address FAQs in New Coding Document

Members of the American Academy of Audiology’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) and the Practice Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) often collaborate with other audiology organizations, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), to develop coding guidance based on frequently asked questions (FAQs). Most recently, the groups worked together to create guidance addressing various issues related to coding and reimbursement for audiology services.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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ARC17 Pediatrics: Advancement in Assessment and Rehabilitation

As chair of the ARC, I was honored to work with several distinguished pediatric audiologists on the organizing committee, including Dr. Marlene Bagatto, University of Western Ontario; Dr. Linda Hood, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and Dr. Douglas P. Sladen, Mayo Clinic—Rochester. With their thoughtful input, we convened an outstanding program of researchers in our field that attracted 230 attendees! 

Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, Academy Research Conference (ARC)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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The Future of Independent Practice in Audiology

There was a time when audiologists thought that they owned the hearing aid marketplace. Our growing private offices and our new AuD degrees would be the solution to the public’s malaise and lack of appreciation for better hearing. Bam! What happened? The traditional audiology scope of hearing aid dispensing finds itself the victim of a number of unforeseeable and uncontrollable changes that we did not anticipate, and in fact, we stood by blindly watching the tsunami wave arrive.

Topic(s): Independent Private Practice

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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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