In an economy that necessitates careful consideration of expenses, it is understandable that health care professionals need to question the value of obtaining credentials. What is the value-added benefit for spending extra money to obtain a certification credential beyond a professional degree? If someone is in private practice and does not have to prove anything to employers, why should he or she worry about being board certified? Why does it really matter to have the privilege of listing Board Certified in Audiology after my name?
Topic(s): Board Certification, American Board of Audiology (ABA)
For many students, the prospect of graduation can mean several things—the end of their tenure in academia, or perhaps the beginning of a fulfilling, lifelong career. If you ask me, I am looking forward to the focus on clinical service provision in contrast to meeting capstone deadlines, writing term papers, and studying for examinations. In reality, however, as a health-care professional, you have committed yourself to lifelong learning because audiology is a profession that is founded upon evidence-based practice.
Topic(s): Continuing Education (CE), Certification, Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC), American Board of Audiology (ABA), Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC)
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)
In December 2017, the American Board of Audiology (ABA) met with a consultant for a “certification reboot” retreat. Our intention was to look at the programs we offer and develop a roadmap for the future. After several days of intense discussions, the group concluded that business as usual is not optimal. We want, instead, to enhance the certification programs to maximize their value and impact for the profession of audiology. Our renewed vision this year focused on identifying changes and additional efforts needed for our “reboot.” The ABA will report more on this work in future columns.
Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Board Certification, Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC)
I have been practicing audiology since 1996 and started out as a jack of all trades—seeing patients of all ages, providing a variety of diagnostic services, and fitting hearing aids to patients of all ages. Early in my career, I developed a strong interest in working with children with hearing loss and their families. While I had some opportunities to provide this service initially, I did not begin to exclusively see children until a job change in 2005 led me to an exclusively pediatric position.
Topic(s): pediatrics, Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC), American Board of Audiology (ABA), Board Certification
Part 2 of the Certificate Holder–Tinnitus Management (CH-TM) program began in July 2018, providing the final step for audiologists wishing to earn a credential that reflects the requisite knowledge necessary for the management of tinnitus patients. The CH-TM is an assessment-based certificate program that uses evidence-based instructional design principles to ensure efficient learning and retention of the information presented in the course. This online self-study course offers a learning program supplemented with a toolbox of resources.
Topic(s): certificate holder-tinnitus management (CH-TM), Tinnitus, American Board of Audiology (ABA)