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COVID-19 Weekly Updates

COVID-19 Weekly Updates

COVID-19 Updates—Week of April 3, 2020

Academy Telehealth Update and Guide

Audiologists are beginning to employ creative solutions to assist their patients while mitigating the risk of further transmission of the virus.

Some former face-to-face visits are now being handled via telephone, video, and/or remote connection to hearing aid devices. Many audiologists are wondering if these remote services can be billed and reimbursed. This guide will help you understand options that are available to audiologists at the present time.

Treasury Department Releases Application Form and Fact Sheet for Forgivable Small Businesses Loans

Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply starting on April, 3, 2020. The application form can be found here.  

For more details about the program, access the accompanying fact sheet from the Treasury Department.

 

Advocacy Updates

Statements from Academy Leadership

CEU-Eligible Online Education

The Academy is committed to ensuring audiologists have access to virtual CEU-eligible educational resources during this challenging time. 

On-demand seminars and live webinars are now available on eAudiology.org, and live webinars are scheduled throughout April. New webinars will be added each month. 

Brought to you by the AAA Foundation’s Educational Fund. Thank you to those who donated their AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo Conference refunds toward this educational fund.

Academy Supports Audiology Students

In the unprecedented times of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the American Academy of Audiology recognizes that audiology students preparing to graduate or planning soon to start externship experiences are particularly vulnerable as they face uncertainties about the impact of the situation on their own circumstances.

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STUDENT SPEAK | The Extern’s Tuition Load

Across the country, the rising cost of tuition for audiology programs continues to permeate every decision a student and professional makes. This conversation is nothing new to us. Depending on whether the students attend a private or public university and have in-state or out-of-state residency, they take on an average of $10,000 a year for in-state tuition at a public university and up to $50,000 a year for tuition at a private university. 

Topic(s): Students, externships, tuition, loan

Audiology Today Sept/Oct 2019…What’s Inside This Issue?

Take a look at the table of contents and delve into these online articles, which you can now easily search by topic, title, or author. 

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ACAE CORNER | A Stroll Down Different Undergraduate Pathways Leading to Doctor of Audiology Programs

I received the above e-mail message while preparing the manuscript for this article. A colleague at the University of Hawaii referred this undergraduate student to me after she had initially inquired about audiology from a family medicine physician at the university. As a permanent part-time professor at the University of Hawaii (living in Maine and Florida), I teach three online prerequisite courses for academically, geographically, and culturally diverse cohorts of undergraduates interested in applying to a graduate program in audiology or speech pathology. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Students, Academia, Education

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Say the Word ‘Survey’: Part 2 of 2—A Second Look at the Data on Audiology Education

Introduction and Methods

In September 2018, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) conducted a national survey of current graduate students, externs, and recent graduates in order to evaluate the state of audiology education. With more than 1,000 responses, the results from the SAA 2018 Education and Externship Survey provide a good look at a number of the strengths and the potential areas for improvement in audiology training.

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Students, Education, Academia

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FOCUS ON FOUNDATION | Student Scholarship Winners

The Foundation is committed to supporting students as they continue their academic careers, learning exceptional clinical skills, and exploring many different avenues through research in hearing and balance. The Foundation currently offers a number of scholarships for audiology students. We want to congratulate the 2019 winners of the Empowering Students Scholarships, Sadanand Singh Memorial Scholarship, Judith Blumsack Scholarship, and the Continued Achievement Scholarships. 

Topic(s): American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), Research, Students, Education, Academia

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Get to Know a New Class of Audiologists

It is estimated that two to three of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with some degree of hearing loss and that more will acquire hearing loss later in childhood, according to the National Institutes of Health. The passage of the Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening Act of 1999 and the adoption of universal newborn hearing screenings in many states, in conjunction with early-intervention services, changed lives and outcomes for many children.

Topic(s): Students, Hearing Loss, Bilateral Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, mastoidectomy, Acoustic, Psychology, cochlear phone clip, cochlear mini-microphone, Academia, Education

SAA Mural Donated to Ohio State University

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) teamed up with the Foundation for Hospital Art to create a custom audiology-themed mural that, when complete, was donated to the Ohio State University’s Department of Otolaryngology through the Ohio State University Foundation.

Hundreds of attendees at AAA 2019 took a short break in the exhibit hall and contributed to the painting for the “Paint for the Profession” event.

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Say the Word “Survey”: Inspiring Data-Driven Change for Audiology Externships

Since the creation of the AuD, many conversations have taken place to evaluate audiology education and the externship, but few of those have included large perspectives from significant stakeholders—students and recent graduates. To address this, the Student Academy of Audiology Education and Externship Survey was disseminated in September 2018 to current graduate students, externs, and new professionals to further investigate areas of strengths and weaknesses in the current education model and the externship process. 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Students, Professional, Professional Development