Cochlear Implants (CI)

Cochlear Implants (CI)

The Continuum of Care for Treating Hearing Loss: Incorporating Cochlear Implants into Audiology Practice

This year at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo, you’ll have the opportunity to be part of the solution, increasing access to CI for patients who can benefit from it.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | I Hope You Hear “Of Course!”

I hope 2020 is full of people responding to you with “of course.” The world needs more people saying “…of course.” Whether it is “of course you are welcome here” or “of course I’ll help.” Even “yes” isn’t as good as “of course.” “Yes” means it could have been “no”—“of course” means there was never any question. 

Topic(s): Hearing, AAA Conference, HearTECH Expo, Audiologist, Hands-On Pavilions, Cochlear Implants (CI), Professional

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Learning to Listen: Audiologists Are Pivotal

Catherine Palmer, in her General Assembly Speech at the Academy’s 2019 annual conference, inspired us by emphasizing that audiologists have an incredibly important and expanded role in the health and well-being of the people we serve. 

“Audiologists start a chain of events for a child that will promote reading, education, and employment,” she said in her address. 

That chain of events starts with a child learning to listen and learning spoken language. This article will address the audiologist’s role in those events from a very practical perspective.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Professional Development, auditory information, auditory neural pathways, Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants (CI), Parents’ Evaluation of Aural/Oral Performance of Children (PEACH), auditory brainstem response (ABR), visual reinforcement audiology (VRA)

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Friendship and Loneliness in Children and Adolescents with Hearing Loss

Our clinical concerns for children who are deaf or hard of hearing center on providing audible and comfortable access to sound. Our counterparts in speech-language pathology focus on developing receptive and expressive communication skills. 

Although our field excels at helping children with hearing loss who use auditory technology (i.e., hearing aids and/or cochlear implants) acquire speech, language, and hearing skills, we do not necessarily shine in addressing how these children use their communication abilities in the real world. 

Topic(s): Psychology, speech-language pathologist, Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implants (CI), speech production, speech intelligibility, language, speech-in-noise

JAAA Table of Contents (November/December 2019)

Vol. 30, No. 10 (November/December 2019) of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) is now available online. 

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Familiarity Equals Interaction

Genesis Politron, a teacher in California, who teaches pre-school and kindergarten saw that there are not too many opportunity for children wearing an amplification device to identify themselves with the toys in their lives. Politron took it upon herself to fill this need and handcrafted dolls who wore cochlear implants and hearing aids. 

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Public Relations Outreach Efforts: A Year in Review (October 2018- September 2019)

October is Audiology Awareness Month and we want to take this opportunity to showcase the media coverage to include audiology coverage, as well as that of our members over the past year.

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JAAA Latest Fast Track Articles—October 2, 2019

As the JAAA editors along with our editorial team, we are proud to announce new Fast Track content for JAAA, as of October 2, 2019

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ACADEMY NEWS | Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cochlear Implants Now Available

Cochlear implants are auditory sensory devices designed to provide auditory perception for individuals with significant hearing loss. A majority of individuals who use a cochlear implant have the ability to understand speech in quiet and complex listening environments, and children who were born with hearing loss are now able to develop excellent auditory and spoken language skills with the device. 

Topic(s): Practice Management, Patient care, Cochlear Implants (CI), Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT)

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KNOW HOW | Changing Times Will Revitalize Audiology Services

Audiology services and provisions are changing following the passage of the over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid legislation. In the end, what that will actually mean is still unclear. Likely, we will see a device that can manage mild hearing loss for patients and give them some options for their hearing health care. Those of us who have practiced for many years are still trying to decide how that will fit into our current practice model and whether to incorporate an OTC product in the clinic. 

Topic(s): Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Audiometric Test, Tinnitus, Cochlear Implants (CI), Hearing, Balance/Vestibular, speech-in-noise, Bluetooth, Professional