Professional Development

Professional Development

CEUs and YOU at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo

Over 30 hours of continuing education will be offered at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo, and we know you want to be as prepared as possible to maximize your educational experience.  

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Federal Legislation Introduced to Expand Individuals’ Use of “529” Education Savings Accounts

Federal legislation introduced to expand individuals’ use of “529” education savings accounts to cover the costs of professional certification and credentialing programs.

All About HearTECH Expo

The American Academy of Audiology is excited to welcome attendees to the HearTECH Expo at AAA 2020 in New Orleans, LA. With 200+ exhibiting companies, the HearTECH Expo is a new exhibit hall experience, offering the best of industry-related education and cutting-edge technology all in one place.

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Learning to Listen: Audiologists Are Pivotal

Catherine Palmer, in her General Assembly Speech at the Academy’s 2019 annual conference, inspired us by emphasizing that audiologists have an incredibly important and expanded role in the health and well-being of the people we serve. 

“Audiologists start a chain of events for a child that will promote reading, education, and employment,” she said in her address. 

That chain of events starts with a child learning to listen and learning spoken language. This article will address the audiologist’s role in those events from a very practical perspective.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Professional Development, auditory information, auditory neural pathways, Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants (CI), Parents’ Evaluation of Aural/Oral Performance of Children (PEACH), auditory brainstem response (ABR), visual reinforcement audiology (VRA)

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Behavioral Techniques in Pediatric Audiology

The standard behavioral procedures used to assess the hearing of very young children are powerful tools. Yet, even in the hands of a skilled clinician, they are nearly worthless unless the child is ready to be tested. Thus, it is helpful—indeed necessary—to draw on techniques that get the child to do what we want the child to do.

Topic(s): Psychology, Professional Development, immittance, otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), tympanometry, Audiometric Test, Acoustic, auditory brainstem response (ABR)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2020

Leverage Charity Partnerships for Visibility

Not everyone has a newsworthy story, and even some events don’t have enough depth to interest media. Think through community charity partnerships and outreach that will generate visibility, give back to your community and interest media.

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Announcing Future Hub Presenter Robert Moss

This presentation will explore the hard facts about patient experience, why it matters, and how providers can get intentional about crafting exceptional patient experiences while enhancing provider engagement by looking through the lens of the health-care consumer. 

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KNOW HOW | Do You Want to Be a Mentor?

The changing landscape of hearing health care is causing unrest in our profession. Students and new professionals may feel insecure about job prospects and the future of the field, while more seasoned audiologists may feel powerless to adapt to changes in health-care delivery. 

Topic(s): Mentorship, Professional Development

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PUBLIC RELATIONS | Using Influencers to Market Goods and Services

Just as your friends and neighbors have input into some of the goods and services you buy, influencers can be just as meaningful—especially if they have authentic experiences to share. This is also the reason that review sites are so popular, as the public flocks to them to get opinions on what to buy, where to travel, where to eat, what physicians and audiologists to see, which home service companies to hire, and which companies to avoid. Social media reviews can make or break a business and, once they turn negative, it takes significant time to effectively turn them around. 

Topic(s): american academy of audiology, Social Media, Professional Development

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification: A Panel Weighs In

The challenge for any certification program is to demonstrate the value of the certification. Depending on whether you are assigning value from the perspective of a patient, their family, the facility that you work for, or for yourself, the value is likely defined differently, and certainly not solely in monetary terms.  

Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC), Professional Development, AAA Conference