Academy Publishes Audiology Assistants Position Statement
This position statement defines the roles and functions of audiology assistants within an audiology practice. It provides guidance on the education and training, duties, and responsibilities, and the requisite supervision of assistants.
On January 11, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration effective January 21, 2021, for an additional 90 days. This means that all of the telehealth and other waivers and flexibilities that have been implemented during the PHE will remain in effect until at least April 21, 2021.
COVID-19 and Its Impact on Hearing Health Care for Older Adults
As audiologists, we are acutely aware that COVID-19 and related prevention and mitigation efforts have impacted our practices and our patients.
Gaeta (2020) queried 150 older adults about their communication difficulties and thoughts on hearing health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority (n=119) experienced at least some hearing difficulties, half wore hearing aids (n=76), and just over half (n=79) reported communication difficulties due to masks.
The primary objective of local, state, and federal response to COVID-19 is to minimize mortality and mitigate explosive demand for acute health-care services related to COVID-19 complications, especially those that require care in intensive care units.
Academy Recommends Protecting Your Hearing from Loud Outdoor Noise Exposure
Loud lawn equipment, fireworks, gunfire...
As summer nears, the American Academy of Audiology is warning the public to protect its hearing when exposed to loud outdoor sounds—from fireworks to lawn equipment to road equipment, blasting and gunfire, many of these are dangerous for hearing.
As temperatures increase across the country and more regions open up to outdoor shopping and dining, more Americans will be spending a greater amount of time outdoors. At the same time, the numbers of Americans facing hearing loss is at a record high and rising annually.
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.