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Our Essential Role in Communication: Resources That Can Help

*Information updated on April 23, 2021

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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Re-Opening in a Post-COVID World

By Jill McClelland

Re-opening your audiology practice after the COVID-19 pandemic can be both exciting and stressful for you and your patients. Being able to offer audiological services in a safe manner will be a step in the right direction to achieving our “new normal,” will reinstate some form of revenue for your practice, and most importantly, will bring much-needed service back to your patients who rely on their hearing to stay in touch with their family and friends, now more than ever.

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Telehealth Solutions: Google Meet

As of May 2020, Google Meet will be offering their video conferencing product for free.

This service offers the ability to schedule, screen share, and provide real-time captions. As more audiologists find themselves in the telehealth realm, it is essential to find effective ways to communicate with patients with hearing loss, and the speech-recognition software through Google Meet may be a viable solution for these patients.

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ONLINE FEATURE | Re-Opening in a Post-COVID World

Re-opening your audiology practice after the COVID-19 pandemic can be both exciting and stressful for you and your patients. Being able to offer audiological services in a safe manner will be a step in the right direction to achieving our “new normal,” will reinstate some form of revenue for your practice, and most importantly, will bring much-needed service back to your patients who rely on their hearing to stay in touch with their family and friends, now more than ever.

Topic(s): COVID-19, Practice Management, best-practice standards, infection control, business

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

COVID-19 Survivors Treated with Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin

By Robert M. DiSogra

Audiologists have known about the ototoxicity of quinine (and its derivatives) and antibiotics (macrolide and aminoglycoside) for decades. But we have never seen the combined use of two drugs, each with known ototoxic potential, being used as an intervention strategy for the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

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ONLINE FEATURE | Audiological Management of COVID-19 Survivors Treated with Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin

In an effort to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19), front-line physicians are re-purposing two drugs: hydroxychloroquine (commonly used for malaria and rheumatoid arthritis) and azithromycin (a macrolide antibiotic used to treat common infections of the respiratory system, the ear and the eye). Both drugs are known ototoxic agents; however, there is no published research about the synergistic ototoxic effects of these drugs in treating COVID-19. 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Ototoxicity, Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

Tele-audiology in a Pandemic and Beyond: Flexibility and Suitability in Audiology Practice

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Tele-Audiology in a Pandemic and Beyond: Flexibility and Suitability in Audiology Practice

Health-care providers are scrambling to keep up with the demand for telehealth services as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps across the nation and world. Many are seeing unexpected benefits in the shift to connected health—and hoping the momentum continues after the emergency is over. 

Topic(s): Telehealth, tele-audiology, teleaudiology, telemedicine, COVID-19, social distancing, curbside, curbside care, Practice Management, clinical audiology, clinical care