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Private Practice in a Time of Big Health

Previous articles have addressed growing concerns within the field regarding impact and changes in the practice of audiology now that big-box stores and their low-cost hearing aids are reality. There has also been much debate surrounding third-party payer plans that reimburse for hearing-aid services, but at a much lower rate than most independent audiology practices can afford to accept. 

Topic(s): Health Care, Rehabilitation, audiology, Independent Private Practice


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2018

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Informed Decision-Making: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Throughout the years, health-care service delivery models progressed from a provider-centered method of care toward a greater focus on the patient. In addition, increased prominence has been placed on the use of empirical evidence in the decision-making process to promote clinical accountability. But how can audiologists best provide patient-centered care when each patient is so unique?

Topic(s): Audiologist, Healthcare, Practice Management, Rehabilitation, Patient care


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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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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Implementing Family-Centered Care in Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation: The Hows and Whys in Clinical Practice

More specifically, this article will (1) describe the principles of family-centered practice in adult audiologic rehabilitation, (2) summarize observations of family-centered behaviors in current audiologic rehabilitation, and (3) identify opportunities to increase the family-centeredness of adult audiologic rehabilitation. To address these aims, we will outline the research evidence behind family-centered care (FCC) (the why), and from this, describe how FCC might best be implemented in audiologic rehabilitation.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Aural Rehabilitation, Practice Management, Rehabilitation, Treatment

Evaluating Rehabilitation Options: Poll Results

In August, we posted an “In the News” article that posed the question “What would/have you done in a situation where a patient has expressed significant functional hearing impairment with normal pure tone thresholds (0-25dBHL)?”  Eighty-eight (88) members responded to the query with the following results below. Please note more than one option could be chosen, hence the percentage total greater than 100%.

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Evaluating Rehabilitation Options for Individuals with Hearing Difficulties and Pure-Tone Hearing Thresholds within Normal Limits

At the end of last year, we reviewed an article by Alicea and Doherty (2017) that examined the motivation for hearing health-care intervention services by individuals with normal audiograms who present with hearing difficulties. Since then, two studies have been published that evaluated intervention approaches for these individuals.

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Falls Risk Reduction and Robotics

Understanding and reducing falls in the elderly is an important cornerstone in vestibular and balance rehabilitation, and there may be a new tool on the horizon that could change the way our patients achieve this, namely, exoskeleton technology. Previously, the use of exoskeletons assistance has been limited. Initial prototypes were cumbersome and designed for those with significant motor-control impairment, which left most of the control to the device itself. 

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Academy Research Conference 2017: Interview with Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe

Pediatrics: Advancements in Assessment and Rehabilitation

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Bringing Music to Your Ears: Interview with Justin Osmond

Douglas L. Beck, AuD, spoke with Justin about The Children's Miracle Network, The Olive Osmond Hearing Fund, The Osmond Foundation, Bringing Music to your Ears, and his 250-mile run to benefit 25 kids, May 2–9, 2015.

Academy: Good morning, Justin! It's always a joy to speak with you.

Osmond: Hi, Doug. Always great to speak and catch up with you, too.

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Combining Cochlear Implants and Normal Hearing

Since 2008 (see Van De Hetning, Vermeire and Diebl), multiple reports and studies have addressed the benefit of cochlear implants (CIs) in the worse (unilateral deafness or “unaidable”) ear, given a normal (or nearly normal, or aidable) contralateral ear (see Arndt, Aschendorff, Laszig et al 2011, Baguley 2010, Buechner, Brendel, Lesinki-schiedat et al 2010, VanZon, Peters, Stegeman et al, 2015).

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