Audiology Today March/April 2018
The American Academy of Audiology promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research. Dive into the March/April 2018 Audiology Today issue below!
- Patient Expectation Worksheet
Every Tuesday around 2:15 pm, a clamor of voices can be heard outside of my office.
- Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
As the landscape of hearing health care shifts and adjusts to the disruption that over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids may bring to the hearing technology market, the Academy remains committed to the best interests of our members and patients.
This article is a review of the shift toward mergers in health care, and its potential effects on audiology as a profession and the independent audiology practice. The challenge of the profession should be to remain autonomous within this structure.
Audiology and optometry are somewhat parallel professions. Optometry has been successful in securing their scope of practice. How will audiology compare?
- Hearing Loss
Given the strong relationship between genetics and hearing loss in audiological practice, the Academy continues its commitment to providing audiologists the latest on genetics research as it relates to hearing impairment in clinical practice through the annual Academy Research Conference (ARC).
- Conductive Hearing Loss
- Meniere’s disease
Welcome back to an ongoing series that challenges the audiologist to identify a diagnosis for a case study based on a listing and explanation of the nonaudiology and audiology test battery. It is important to recognize that a hearing loss or a vestibular issue may be a manifestation of a systemic illness. Being part of the diagnostic and treatment “team” is a crucial role of the audiologist. Securing the definitive diagnosis is rewarding for the audiologist and enhances patient hearing and balance health care and, often, quality of life.
Understanding the correct use of the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) Form CMS-R-131 is important to ensure billing compliance for traditional Medicare (Part B). Audiologists may face challenges determining when Medicare covers a service and when an ABN is required.
As public relations professionals, we encounter mostly two types of clients—those who prefer to ignore media (“if you don’t engage, they can’t write bad information about you”); and those who are fairly lackadaisical about what they say to media, including what they post on social media.
The Foundation is excited and proud to welcome our new trustees. Drs. Kukula, Banjeree, and Brudereck will serve on the Foundation Board though September 30, 2020.
- Hearing Loss
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, at AudiologyNOW! (now AAA Annual Conference) in Indianapolis, Indiana, the annual Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Audiologists Meeting sparked connections and a desire to change perspectives.
When I was a child, I was fascinated with Helen Keller’s story and her lifelong challenges living with deafness and blindness. She stated in her autobiography that her blindness separated her from things and that her deafness separated her from people. That passage stuck with me over the years. Add to that the fact that my father is an audiologist and a brilliant pianist, and you can see my path was pretty much written in the stars! Growing up as a witness to his love of music and passion for the profession really ingrained in me the possibilities the field holds in terms of helping people connect with the world through sound.
This article is the second of a two-part series on evidence-based audiology and the education of audiologists. In the first article (Hall, 2018), the concept of evidence-based audiology was reviewed.