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Ensuring Realistic Expectations Makes Good Business Sense

February 2018

Imagine Anna, a 20-year-old woman with a severe hearing loss. While in the waiting room of her audiologist's office, she notices a brochure. It asserts, “With our hearing aids, you will have a normal hearing!” As Anna reads these words, she becomes emotional as her dream has always been to hear like everyone else. Not surprisingly, Anna selects these hearing aids, but once she is fitted with them and experiences "less than normal" hearing, she leaves the office with tears of disappointment rather than tears of joy. This is a true story.

Juggling Multiple Projects? Concerned You Might Drop the Ball?

In today's fast-paced society, we seldom are able to devote our time exclusively to just one project. This means that we need to find a way to be effective at completing tasks divided across multiple projects. Heidi Gardner and Mark Mortensen address this topic in their Harvard Business Review article titled “How to Stay Focused If You're Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once.”

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A Movement Was Born: Thank You to Our Founders

Thirty years ago, this week (November 13-16, 1987), the catalyst for a professional movement was triggered during a panel discussion at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rick Talbott chaired a session called “The Future of Audiology,” with panel members James Jerger, Lucille Beck, George Osborne, and Jay Hall. 

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In the Service of Others: An Interview with Kamal Elliot, AuD By Bre Myers, AuD, PhD

Kamal Elliot, AuD, is a person to be admired. Her desire and dedication to providing the best quality of care led her on journeys into private practice ownership as well as multiple international and local humanitarian missions. She has served on state and national audiology organization boards. Recently, I was fortunate to catch up with Dr. Elliot.

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Are You a Slave to Your E-mail? 

Do you find yourself constantly checking it throughout the day? Does it keep you from getting other more important tasks done? If so, you may want to read Paul Argenti's Harvard Business Review's article titled Stop Letting Email Control Your Work Day. Professor Argenti first suggests taking a look at all your work tasks and dividing them up into four categories.

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Does Standing at Work Help Performance?

How much time do you spend sitting every day? Between commuting, working, eating, watching tv, etc., the sedentary hours add up. The negative health effects of long hours of sit time are fairly well known and include chronic disease, and psychological concerns. Seeing a potential market, several companies designed standing workstations, even desks with treadmills attached. While these sit-to-stand desks are trending, is there any evidence to support their use?

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Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 Would Expand Role of Audiology

Much of the focus of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017 (S.670 and H.R.1652) has been on improving accessibility and affordability to hearing aids by providing a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) distribution channel for patients who are comfortable with self-assessment and fitting of hearing aids.

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Let’s Take This Outside: Is There a Place for Outdoor Walking Meetings in Your Work Environment?

Do you wish your work meetings were more productive? Maybe it is time to leave the confines of the traditional conference room behind and take the meeting outdoors? 

Angel Chelick's article on the American Council of Exercise's website suggests that outdoor walking meetings improve creativity and facilitate conversation between co-workers. As an added bonus, we all know walking has cardiovascular health benefits (not to mention the added steps you will get on your fitness tracker).  

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Is It the Offer You Have Been Waiting For?

You’ve been on the hunt for a new job. You’ve gone on the interview and have been offered the job. Now what? Should you accept?

If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to check out Rebecca Knight's article, “How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer,” in Harvard Business Review. This article provides the reader with job-offer consideration, potential negotiation strategies, and, if appropriate, how to turn down the job offer. She even provides two case study examples.

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Is Cost the Primary Factor for Hearing Aid Adoption?

In 2015, the President’s Council on Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued recommendations intended to improve hearing health- care delivery. Subsequently, the FDA and other federal agencies and consumer advocacy groups sponsored a study published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in June 2016. Further considerations have been discussed in an FDA (April 2016) and FTC (April 2017) workshops. A common issue discussed in each of these reports and workshops is the high cost of hearing aids as a primary factor in adoption rates.

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