COVID-19

COVID-19

Warren and  Rice Lead Letter to House and Senate Urging Inclusion of Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act in Upcoming COVID-19 Packages

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Tom Rice (R-SC) led a letter along with Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL), Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) to House and Senate leadership urging them to include provisions of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R.4056/S.2446) in upcoming COVID-19 packages to enable vulnerable seniors to readily access critical hearing and balance healthcare services and allow audiologists to be better deployed to provide th

Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Recommend COVID-19 Regulatory Waivers 

President Trump signed a new executive order that directs federal agencies to identify and recommend COVID-19 regulatory waivers that should be made permanent. 

CMS has issued numerous waivers and multiple rules to ease regulatory burdens on the health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The newly signed executive order asks federal agencies to look at the waivers they have made and determine “which, if any, would promote economic recovery if made permanent.”

Ototoxicity of FDA-Approved Drugs Being Re-Purposed for COVID-19 Treatment

According to the National Institutes of Health’s Center National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, many drugs approved for other uses already have been tested in humans, so detailed information is available on their pharmacology, formulation, and potential toxicity. 

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Vestibular Testing Safety: COVID-19 and Beyond

All recommendations are made with the best current information and in the context of a multifaceted safety program. When a variety of safety measures are put in place our chance of protecting our patients and colleagues increases.

All safety recommendations assume that

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ONLINE FEATURE | Ototoxicity of FDA-Approved Drugs Being Re-Purposed for COVID-19 Treatment

According to the National Institutes of Health’s Center National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, many drugs approved for other uses already have been tested in humans, so detailed information is available on their pharmacology, formulation, and potential toxicity. 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Ototoxicity, FDA, Patient care, Practice Management

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

Surgical Monitoring Safety: COVID-19 and Beyond

Because of the potential to aerosolize the virus during drilling in the mastoid cavity, neurotological surgeries present a potentially high risk of contamination. Many audiologists monitor responses during cochlear implant surgeries or may provide intraoperative monitoring for other neurotological surgeries.

All recommendations are made with the best current information and in the context of a multifaceted safety program. When a variety of safety measures are put in place our chance of protecting our patients and colleagues increases.

All safety recommendations assume that

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Booth Safety: COVID-19 and Beyond

All recommendations are made with the best current information and in the context of a multifaceted safety program. When a variety of safety measures are put in place, our chance of protecting our patients and colleagues increases.

All safety recommendations assume that

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Our Essential Role in Communication: Resources That Can Help

With May as Better Hearing Month, this is an important time to continue to highlight our essential role in communication and hearing health care. 

With this in mind, we have developed information pieces and resources you can use with your patients and/or share with your communities, colleagues, and other health-care providers as you see fit. 

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NHCA Best Practices for Safely Conducting Hearing Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic

Academy representative to the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Richard Danielson, PhD, shares the recently published NHCA guideline, Best Practices Guidelines for Safely Conducting Hearing Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Obtaining PPE from Amazon: Latest News and Update

The Academy has heard from a number of members that have reported that Amazon Business does not recognize them as health-care providers for the purposes of purchasing supplies in bulk. 

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