Search for Transparent Face Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Samu

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ONLINE FEATURE | COVID-19’s Impact on the AuD Student Clinician Experience

Now more than ever, infection control is one of the most widely discussed topics in any health-care environment. Infection control guidelines are changing rapidly, affecting the student clinician experience. 

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) guidelines, perhaps the most influential way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is minimizing the number of people in a space at a given time. Many medical settings have reduced the quantity of individuals allowed in the facility at once which often means fewer, if any, students. 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Students, clinical audiology, Education, Continuing Education (CE)

The Academy and Other Provider Groups Call Upon Congress to Block Expected 2021 Medicare Cuts

The 2021 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule was released earlier this week (August 3) and the Academy has prepared a summary for members to review.  

In this proposed rule, CMS reiterated its plan to move forward with cuts to a wide variety of providers—both physician and non-physician—to counterbalance increases to primary care providers.  

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Effects of Coronavirus on the Auditory and Vestibular Systems

A recent rapid systematic review of the literature investigated the effects of coronavirus on the auditory and vestibular systems. This review was conducted over a three-week period and used review methods in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta- Analysis guidelines. 

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2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Summary

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued for public inspection on August 4 the proposed rule on the 2021 PFS.

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ONLINE FEATURE | More Speech Degradations and Considerations in the Search for Transparent Face Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Because of COVID-19 and broad mandates to wear face coverings, there are numerous local, state, and national conversations regarding communication access for individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) in school, hospital, and public settings. Although there was an initial shortage and concerns about meeting global demands, we have witnessed, in a short period, rapid production of various types of masks and shields intended for use by either the public or health workers, including masks with clear (transparent) windows. 

Topic(s): COVID-19, face coverings, face shield, clinical care, Speech degradation, PPE, personal protective equipment

AHA, AMA, and ANA Urge Public to Wear Masks

The American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and American Nurses Association (ANA) released a public service announcement (PSA) today (July 31) urging the American public to take three simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash hands frequently. 

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Audiological Profile of Asymptomatic COVID-19 PCR-Positive Cases

Despite ongoing research on COVID-19, there is much to learn about its effects on the auditory system in individuals who are symptomatic and asymptomatic.

In a recent article, Mustafa (2020) examined the impact of COVID-19 on the auditory system in 20, 20- to 50-year-old adults, who were confirmed positive for COVID-19, asymptomatic, and had no history of hearing loss. 

The experimental and a control group of 20 subjects completed an otological examination, basic audiological evaluation, immittance evaluation, and transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs). 

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Coding and Reimbursement: Telehealth


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ONLINE FEATURE | Getting Started: Studying Audiology Abroad

A majority of my life has been spent in pursuit of education; however, now I am seeing that chapter quickly coming to an end as I finish my second year of the master of science in audiology program at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Topic(s): global, studying abroad, Professional, worldwide, audiology, COVID-19, clinical education, clinical care


Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020