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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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National Academies of Practice and Audiology

Three members of the American Academy of Audiology, Bettie Borton, AuD; Victor Bray, PhD, and Victoria Keetay, PhD, were recently selected to serve in leadership positions in the the National Academies of Practice (NAP). Bettie Borton and Victoria Keetay are the chair and vice chair of the Audiology Academy in the NAP, respectively. Victor Bray, founding chair of the Audiology Academy, has been elected as secretary/treasurer to NAP’s Executive Council.

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Surf's Up?

Do you ever daydream about living in Hawai'i? Are you curious if there would be opportunities for audiologists in this tropical paradise? If so, you may be interested in a recent article by Shaikh et al (2017) titled "Hearing and Balance Disorders in the State of Hawai‘i: Demographics and Demand for Services."

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CareerCast Ranks Audiology as One of the Least Stressful Jobs

A new survey posted by CareerCast again ranks audiology as one of the “least stressful” jobs for 2017.  This year, audiology slotted fourth among the 200 occupations reviewed, making it the third time in five years that the profession has ranked near the top of the list.


Six of the ten “least stressful” careers were in health care, indicating that the relative importance of a discipline is not directly related to its lack of stress.


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