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Psychology

Psychology

Managing Auditory Processing Problems in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hey, audiologists! Have you ever considered offering auditory processing interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at your clinic or practice?

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Broaching Difficult Conversations: Recommendations for Audiologists

Twentieth century American psychiatrist and internist George Engle observed that, in addition to biophysical and psycho-emotional concerns, patients also exist within a social context encompassing family, friends, and community. Dr. Engel's (1977) biopsychosocial model of health-care engagement underpins what we recognize today as person-centered care. 

Topic(s): Psychology

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The Terminology of False and Exaggerated Hearing Loss

The Problem

Most audiologists probably have encountered a patient who produces within- or among-test discrepancies in audiometric results that have no medical explanation. This phenomenon goes under a multiplicity of terms. In addition to pseudohypacusis, nonorganic hearing loss, and functional hearing loss, there are malingering, dis/simulating, faking, feigning, conversion, hysterical, psychogenic, and more. 

Topic(s): false and exaggerated hearing loss (FEHL), Hearing Loss, Psychology, Audiogram, speech-in-noise, dysphonia, spastic dysphonia, spasmodic dysphonia

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

What Is the Best Approach to Tinnitus Management?

Numerous protocols and approaches are used by audiologists in the management of tinnitus, including but not limited to Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), Tinnitus Activities Treatment, and Progressive Tinnitus Management.

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Are There Mental Health Benefits to Being a Mentor?

Could being a mentor help alleviate some of your work stress? According to a study recently reviewed in the Harvard Business Review, the answer is potentially “yes.” 

Gil et al (2018) compared survey data collected from police officers paired in a mentoring relationship to that of paired officers who were not selected into the mentoring program (via random selection). A subset of the officers in the mentoring program also completed semi-structured interviews, where they were asked about their jobs and the mentoring experience.

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Hearing Loss Is Truly Depressing

Want to provide your patients with more information over the health impacts of hearing loss?

In a study by Golub and colleagues (2018), an association was found between age-related hearing loss and depression. This cross-sectional study of Hispanic adults revealed that for every 20 dB increase in hearing loss, the risk for depressive symptoms increased approximately 45 percent. The implications of these findings are discussed in this JAMA article.

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A Simple Hug

Can a simple hug help our patients’ overall health and well-being?

According to several studies, yes! Hugging has been shown to decrease the release of the hormone cortisol that is associated with stress.

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How Music and Rhythm Shape Our Brains

Golden slumbers
Fill your eyes
Smiles await you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby. –McCartney & Lennon
 

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Laurel or Yanni?

Several years ago, the Internet went crazy over the color of a dress due to a visual illusion.  This week, an auditory illusion had many people asking the simple question of whether they heard 

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Volunteering Could Equal Better Well Being

Whether you are feeling excited to get more involved, or glad that your volunteering time has concluded with this year’s convention there is mounting evidence to support that the simple act of volunteering may positively impact your well-being.  A 2016 longitudinal study found that participants who regularly partook in volunteer activities experienced greater mental well-being ratings using the General Health Questionnaire.

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