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Embracing Change in Audiological Treatment: Over-the-Counter Hearing Devices

In October 2015, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to President Barack Obama titled “Aging America and Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies.” In the report, the council informed the president that untreated age-related hearing loss is a significant national problem. The advisors provided recommendations to decrease cost; enhance innovation; and improve the convenience, capability, and use of devices for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. 

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Healthcare, Personal Sound Amplification PSAP, Hearing Aids


Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

Auburn University Students Advocate for Audiology in Washington, DC

On March 11, a group of five students from the University of Auburn’s audiology program came to Washington, DC for the first time to meet with their elected officials and advocate for audiology and the importance of hearing health care.

Audiology Today Mar/Apr 2019…What’s Inside This Issue?

The editorial team and I are so happy to announce the content for this latest issue of Audiology Today. We are featuring a number of comprehensive, relevant, and interesting articles, as well as some short reads on public relations, coding and reimbursement, and audiology advocacy.

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Academy Executive Committee Visits Legislators Offices

As part of the Hearing Industries Association’s (HIA) annual meeting, Academy President Lisa Christensen, AuD, Academy President-Elect Catherine Palmer, PhD, and Academy Past President Jackie Clark, PhD, visited Capitol Hill to discuss issues important to hearing health care and audiology.

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Informed Decision-Making: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Throughout the years, health-care service delivery models progressed from a provider-centered method of care toward a greater focus on the patient. In addition, increased prominence has been placed on the use of empirical evidence in the decision-making process to promote clinical accountability. But how can audiologists best provide patient-centered care when each patient is so unique?

Topic(s): Audiologist, Healthcare, Practice Management, Rehabilitation, Patient care


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

Audiology Advocate

AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Hearing Aid Coverage for Children is Necessary: Let Nebraska Show You How

While we pursue independence and autonomy for audiologists across the United States, it is of dire importance that we continue to do the same for our patients. Since the passing of the Medicare Act in 1965, health-care legislation has evolved to accommodate new advances in technology for the betterment of our patients. That vital piece of legislation, however, still has done nothing for those requiring hearing amplification. Luckily for children and low-income families qualifying for Medicaid, hearing aids are covered in some part, in every state across America.

Topic(s): Healthcare, Pediatric


Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2018

A Simple Hug

Can a simple hug help our patients’ overall health and well-being?

According to several studies, yes! Hugging has been shown to decrease the release of the hormone cortisol that is associated with stress.

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Hearing Protection Use Among Adults

During 2011-2012, 21 million U.S. adults who reported no work related no exposure exhibited hearing damage suggestive of noise induced hearing loss and implicated non-occupational noise exposure as a major public health concern (Carroll et al, 2017).

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Ears and Brain

A recent Morning Edition on NPR highlighted the role of hearing aids in slowing the rate of cognitive decline in older adults. The feature highlighted the work of Maharani et al (2018) that examined the relationship. Drawing data from the Health and Retirement Study (HSR), Maharani and colleagues showed that cognitive function based on episodic memory (word recall) was associated with hearing aid use and that decline in episodic memory was mitigated by reported use of hearing aids. The authors reported the rate of decline was reduced by 75 percent.

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FDA Approves Marketing of First Self-Fitting Hearing Aid

The Academy has just become aware of the FDA’s approval of marketing of first self-fitting hearing aid and is identifying any necessary steps to protect the community of consumers who are hard of hearing.

We are closely monitoring and asking our members and the state organizations to be watchful of appropriate process in the distribution. 

As stated by the FDA: “…the device must comply with applicable federal and state laws regarding the sale of hearing aids, including state laws that might require hearing aids….”

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