Over the years, there has been an expansion of group aural rehabilitation programs facilitated by audiologists to support new hearing aid users and their families. These programs focus on hearing aid use, the psychosocial aspects of living with hearing loss, collaborative problem solving, and the facilitation of communication strategies (Kricos, 2000). There are numerous advantages to offering group aural rehabilitation, but what makes a program successful?
Topic(s): Aural Rehabilitation, Audiologist, Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, Rehabilitation, Treatment
Hearing aid dispensing has been included in the scope of practice of audiologists in the United States since at least 1978, when the Executive Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recommended a change in the Code of Ethics that would permit audiologists to engage in the sale of hearing aids.
Topic(s): Audiologist, Hearing Aids, Practice Management, Real-ear measures (REM)
There are Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for almost every audiology procedure that exists. It is important to use the code that most accurately represents the audiologic procedure or service provided, which is often very straightforward.
Topic(s): Audiologist, Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices (BHADs), Bone-Conduction Implant (BCI), cervical vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP), speech-in-noise, Tinnitus, saccade, Practice Management, Coding, Reimbursement, Compliance, CPT - Current Procedural Terminology
More specifically, this article will (1) describe the principles of family-centered practice in adult audiologic rehabilitation, (2) summarize observations of family-centered behaviors in current audiologic rehabilitation, and (3) identify opportunities to increase the family-centeredness of adult audiologic rehabilitation. To address these aims, we will outline the research evidence behind family-centered care (FCC) (the why), and from this, describe how FCC might best be implemented in audiologic rehabilitation.
Topic(s): Audiologist, Aural Rehabilitation, Practice Management, Rehabilitation, Treatment
The popular Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology is one of the highlights of the American Academy of Audiology annual conference. The 2019 conference in Columbus, Ohio, will mark the 15th anniversary of the lecture series. To celebrate this landmark honoring the legacy of Marion Downs, the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), with support from the Oticon Foundation, is pleased to host a presentation and panel of experts discussing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the clinical audiologist.
Topic(s): Audiologist, Hearing Loss, Pediatric
Audiology, as a profession, is ever changing, growing, and evolving. Once again, with the upcoming over-the-counter hearing aid definition and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, we all are trying to look in our crystal balls to see what the future holds. Audiologists have been the patient’s best option for the best patient care. We are, after all, part of the health-care industry.
We must focus now on how to provide the best patient experience, the most patient-centered care to ensure success.
Topic(s): Audiologist, Practice Management, Telehealth
Under the final Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule for 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that audiologists will be considered “eligible clinicians” for QPP participation, effective January 1, 2019. The QPP replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that for many years served as the underpinning of Medicare provider payment.
Topic(s): Audiologist, Medicaid, Medicare, Coding, Compliance, Reimbursement, Practice Management