This position statement discusses the provision of high-quality audiological services in the elderly population.
The Academy advocates the use of screening procedures for identifying persons with hearing impairments. Screening should be coupled with efforts to maximize compliance with referral recommendations for audiological or medical evaluation. The Academy promotes the provision of high-quality audiological services for aged people. State-of-the-art knowledge and technology should be applied in the evaluation of hearing impairment in older adults as well as in the selection of aural rehabilitative procedures, including hearing aids.
The Academy supports public education about hearing impairment and promotes funding for research on hearing impairment and aging by government agencies and private foundations. It also promotes equitable third-party payment from insurance companies, retirement health plans, state agencies, and federal agencies for hearing-related services and devices for older adults.
Whether serving on a clinical document development panel or participating as peer reviewers, volunteers have regular chances to deepen their engagement with the Academy and make important contributions benefiting the field of audiology. If you are interested in clinical document development, please volunteer to express interest and submit a CV to the Academy’s guidelines staff by email.
To view the list of guidelines and strategic documents in development and to learn more about the Academy’s clinical document development process, visit the Academy’s Practice Resources website. Information from interested members is accepted on an ongoing basis, and members will be contacted as clinical document volunteer openings occur.