We have experienced and learned much about the SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19 in the past 12 months. For audiologists (and staff), use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is now standard practice. For audiologists performing cerumen removal procedures, extra precaution will still need to be taken.
There are several unknowns that, hopefully, should have answers soon. For audiologists, several concerns during and after cerumen removal include the following:
Topic(s): COVID-19, Cerumen
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the medical and non-medical literature, as well as social media, have been using descriptive terms that are describing the same problem but in different ways.
Initially, we saw Corona virus, Novel Corona virus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), SARS-Co-V-2, (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2), COVID (an acronym for Corona Virus Disease) and COVID-19 (with the number 19 representing the year of the discovery). TABLE 1 is a summary of the definitions of disease related to COVID-19 (Katella, 2020).
Topic(s): COVID-19, corona virus
2021 marks the start of a new administration, a new Congress, and the end of a year punctuated by a global pandemic, economic strain, and political turmoil. The start of 2021 will be dominated by efforts to contain the pandemic, as well as efforts related to transitions in the House, Senate, and federal agencies.
The new administration headed by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris places Democrats in control in the White House. In addition, Democrats control the House of Representatives and, with a slim margin, the Senate.
Topic(s): Advocacy, audiology, Medicare, COVID-19, Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act
SHOEBOX Online was designed as a way for audiologists to easily identify appropriate referrals, but the current pandemic has shown it also can serve to help clinics offer a modified form of service in a safe and physically distant way.
Current conditions have required that clinicians find new ways to broaden their services. SHOEBOX Online doesn’t replace a clinical hearing test, but it is an intuitive tool without the exposure risks of an in-person visit. When added to a clinician’s toolbox, it can improve patient engagement and triage.
Topic(s): teleaudiology, COVID-19
COVID-19 and Audiology
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented effect on the delivery of health care in the United States. Most states instituted public quarantine mandates from March to June 2020, and many health-care practices closed for weeks and, often, for months, delaying or suspending health-care access. Audiology practices and services also were affected, which sparked a debate on whether audiology services were essential.
Topic(s): infant hearing, audiology, Pediatric, COVID-19