I often share with friends and colleagues those thoughts about audiology that have indiscriminately robbed me of my evening slumber. One of the more persistent thoughts is the unknown number of audiologists embracing and carrying out best clinical practices. My thoughts are buoyed when I talk with colleagues who consistently and happily follow best clinical practices. They clearly take joy in demonstrating to their patients the value of an audiologist as a critical component of the health-care community.
Topic(s): clinical care, audiology, best-practice standards
Re-opening your audiology practice after the COVID-19 pandemic can be both exciting and stressful for you and your patients. Being able to offer audiological services in a safe manner will be a step in the right direction to achieving our “new normal,” will reinstate some form of revenue for your practice, and most importantly, will bring much-needed service back to your patients who rely on their hearing to stay in touch with their family and friends, now more than ever.
Topic(s): COVID-19, Practice Management, best-practice standards, infection control, business
Professional introspection is a primary road to growth and surveys of professional practice offer a window to our performance. Development and refinement of clinical protocols and services over the years have enhanced treatment outcomes for millions of individuals with hearing loss. One means of continually improving services is to periodically survey how clinicians practice.
Topic(s): adult hearing rehabilitation, best-practice standards, Certification, pre-treatment self-assessment measures, pure-tones (PTs), speech-recognition testing, speech-in-noise, uncomfortable listening levels (UCL), verification of hearing aid fitting, probe-microphone verification of hearing aid fittings, Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Personal Sound Amplification PSAP, audiological rehabilitation services, audiology aides, communication partners, communication training, clear speech training, at-home augmentative training