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Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

JAAA Latest Fast Track Articles—March 2019

The editorial team is proud to announce new Fast Track content for JAAA, as of March 2019.

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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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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Coding Update: Contralateral Routing Device

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) and others recently requested revisions for codes and code descriptors in the CROS/BiCROS family and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved many of the proposed changes. The groups requested the changes to reflect changes in CROS/BiCROS technology. 

Topic(s): Audiologist, Binaural, Behind The Ear (BTE), Bilateral microphones with contralateral routing of signal (BiCROS), Contralateral Routing of Signal (CROS), In The Ear (ITE), Hearing Aids, Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Medicaid, Medicare, Fitting, Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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Spotlighting Clinical Nuggets in the Upcoming Hearing Aids in Review

Did you know that there are nearly 20 journals that publish articles related to hearing aid technology, signal processing, and fitting? And that each year, more than 200 articles are published related to hearing aids? In the words of the great philosopher Frank Zappa, “So much to read, so little time.” Well, we’re here to help! 

Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Pediatric, Audiologist, Practice Management, Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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KNOW HOW | Use of Social Media Is Beyond Just Facebook!

It is a noisy health-care world, and there is an utmost need for marketing from audiologists who live in a world where they often struggle to be heard. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), on average, it takes seven years for someone with hearing loss to schedule an appointment with an audiologist (HLAA, 2018). This can be due to a number of hurdles. The primary one being that people suffering from hearing loss simply do not want to admit their condition. Second, their awareness of audiology is limited when compared to other health-care professions.

Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Social Media

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

JAAA Editorial: Time is the Enemy

Vol. 30, No. 2 (February 2019) 
Gary P. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology


Gary P. Jacobson, Ph.D
Editor-in-Chief​​​​

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Adult Group Aural Rehabilitation: Implementing a Successful Program

Over the years, there has been an expansion of group aural rehabilitation programs facilitated by audiologists to support new hearing aid users and their families. These programs focus on hearing aid use, the psychosocial aspects of living with hearing loss, collaborative problem solving, and the facilitation of communication strategies (Kricos, 2000). There are numerous advantages to offering group aural rehabilitation, but what makes a program successful?

Topic(s): Aural Rehabilitation, Audiologist, Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, Rehabilitation, Treatment

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Stop the Madness: Verify Hearing Aid Fittings! Hope for the Future? (Title inspired by Roeser and Clark (2008))

Hearing aid dispensing has been included in the scope of practice of audiologists in the United States since at least 1978, when the Executive Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recommended a change in the Code of Ethics that would permit audiologists to engage in the sale of hearing aids. 

Topic(s): Audiologist, Hearing Aids, Practice Management, Real-ear measures (REM)

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Buried in the past are stories, events, and people that have been forgotten over time. As a result, the rich mosaic of accomplishments and contributions of earlier times become lost to succeeding generations. We’ve all read about early pioneers who braved hardship, toiled under adverse circumstances, and eventually overcame the obstacles they encountered.

Topic(s): Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids Covered Under Maryland Medicaid

Recent changes in the state Medicaid coverage will allow all Medicaid-eligible adults to obtain hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other oseointegrated heating devices. The changes that went into effect in October of 2018 were on WTOP on January 9, 2019. 

Previously such coverage was limited to children and adults under the age of 21. It is also noteworthy that the process of determining candidacy and procuring the appropriate treatment starts with the PCP but explicitly involves the audiologist. 

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