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)
As we approach a new year with the Academy, we also begin the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving. For many the Thanksgiving holiday serves as a reminder of thankfulness and gratitude for our families, friends, and, yes, even our profession.
This year, I am truly grateful to serve as the 29th president of our Academy. It is my hope to be continually grateful throughout this year for this opportunity and, to the best of my ability improve communication and focus.
Topic(s): Academy Members, Advocacy, Certification, Public Awareness
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
Tier 1 continuing education units (CEUs) were conceived to be one of the rigorous requirements of American Board of Audiology (ABA) certification programs. ABA Certification awardees were required to earn 15 hours of Tier 1 CE credits per three-year certification cycle. The original requirements for Tier 1 offerings called for three-hour, in-depth classes with interactive learning opportunities.
Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Certification, Professional Development, Education