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)
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
In the United States, distribution of hearing aids is facilitated primarily through audiologists, physicians, and hearing aid dealers. There is confusion, however, in the marketplace over the “branding” of each group. Proper branding addresses inaccurate statements, positions, and perceptions, while differentiating between the profession of an audiologist and the occupation of a hearing aid dealer.
Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act, Board Certification, audioprosthologist, Audiologist