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New Study Evaluates How Different Face Masks Affect the Acoustics of Speech

A new study published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America examined how the different types of face masks affect the acoustics of speech.

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As COVID Vaccinations Begin, Questions About Eligibility and Access for Audiologists Remain

As states begin vaccination efforts, many members have questions about when audiologists, as health-care providers, will have access. This vaccination effort faces unprecedented challenges in terms of the order of magnitude, the complexity of the vaccine administration, and the limited supply of the product.

Federal government responsibility for the vaccine is confined to vaccine approvals and the delivery of vaccine doses to each state. Each state is solely responsible for prioritizing access and vaccine administration.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | CPT Coding Changes for 2021: Auditory Evoked Potentials and Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials

Introduction

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy), together with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), continuously reviews the CPT code set applicable to audiologists. The goal is to ensure that audiologists have appropriate codes to report that accurately describe and reflect the services they perform for patients.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, audiology

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Audiology Fee Schedules: What We Can Learn from the Medicare Database

Pricing Thoughts Overview

  • How do you set your fees?
  • How much is too much and how much is not enough?

For diagnostics, some audiologists may look at the fee schedule provided by third parties such as Medicare and wonder if those fees should be the fees for all patients.

For products, audiologists may use manufacturers’ suggested retail pricing to determine how much should be charged.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, audiology

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Individualized Education Programs? Not Just for School-Based Audiologists

Most d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing students need audiological support as part of their school special-education services. To meet this need, audiologists in clinical practice are encouraged to support their student patients. To assist, this article offers guidance regarding the audiologist’s potential contributions to the individualized education program (IEP) and the experiences of non-school-based audiologists.

Topic(s): non-school-based practice, Individualized Education Programs, audiology, hard-of-hearing students

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Professional Plasticity

The incredible power of neuroplasticity and changes that occur in brain pathways due to auditory stimulation and life experience is fascinating, as are the changes in neural pathways and brain processing with decreased auditory input after one sustains a decrement in auditory peripheral function.

According to Wikipedia, neuroplasticity “is the ability of neural networks in the brain to change through growth and reorganization. These changes range from individual neurons making new connections to systematic adjustments like cortical remapping.”

Topic(s): Neural Plasticity/Neuroplasticity, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2021

Survey of Teen Noise Exposure

In a recent survey and analysis published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), John Eichwald, MA, chief of the CDC Child Development and Disability Branch, and Franco Scinicariello, MD, a health scientist at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, reported some startling results regarding teenagers and loud noise exposure.

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New Israeli Study Suggests COVID-19 Does Not Damage Auditory System

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reports in the professional literature on possible hearing loss caused by the disease. A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU), in collaboration with the Galilee Medical Center, finds no evidence of damage to the auditory system as a result of COVID-19 infection.  


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Bored Out of My Mind

Hi! I am a hearing aid and I am bored out of my mind.

It took years, no decades, for me to hone the skills to be a discriminating listener. At first, I could tell when sound was coming from the front versus other directions. Then, I could tell when you were speaking from when the fan was whirring or traffic was zipping by.

It took a lot of hard work but I even learned how to pull out the voice of whomever was speaking with you from the random noises in the background. 

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Audiology Escape Room: A Case Study

By Prasha Sooful, Alex Hogan, and Leigh Moore

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