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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332410/the-parents-perspective-of-the-early-diagnostic-period-of-their-child-with-hearing-loss-information-and-support
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Nerina Scarinci, Ennur Erbasi, Emily Moore, Teresa Y C Ching, Vivienne Marnane
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the perspectives of caregivers regarding the information and support they received following diagnosis of their child's hearing loss. DESIGN: A mixed methods explanatory sequential design was conducted. STUDY SAMPLE: A total of 445 caregivers of children completed a written survey, and five parents participated in qualitative in-depth interviews. RESULTS: The most common sources of information for caregivers were discussion with an audiologist, written information, and discussion with a medical professional...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328389/tablet-based-hearing-screening-test
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Alessandra G Samelli, Camila M Rabelo, Seisse G G Sanches, Camila P Aquino, Denise Gonzaga
INTRODUCTION: Hearing loss (HL) affects people worldwide, many of whom are children. Especially in developing countries, epidemiological data on the prevalence of HL are insufficient to implement effective health promotion programs. In this preliminary study with young adults, we describe and validate a tablet-based hearing screening test developed for interactive remote hearing screening and compare the performance of an audiometry screening tablet application with conventional audiometry...
February 22, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286368/a-sound-therapy-based-intervention-to-expand-the-auditory-dynamic-range-for-loudness-among-persons-with-sensorineural-hearing-losses-case-evidence-showcasing-treatment-efficacy
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Craig Formby, LaGuinn P Sherlock, Monica L Hawley, Susan L Gold
Case evidence is presented that highlights the clinical relevance and significance of a novel sound therapy-based treatment. This intervention has been shown to be efficacious in a randomized controlled trial for promoting expansion of the dynamic range for loudness and increased sound tolerance among persons with sensorineural hearing losses. Prior to treatment, these individuals were unable to use aided sound effectively because of their limited dynamic ranges. These promising treatment effects are shown in this article to be functionally significant, giving rise to improved speech understanding and enhanced hearing aid benefit and satisfaction, and, in turn, to enhanced quality of life posttreatment...
February 2017: Seminars in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286367/structured-counseling-for-auditory-dynamic-range-expansion
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REVIEW
Susan L Gold, Craig Formby
A structured counseling protocol is described that, when combined with low-level broadband sound therapy from bilateral sound generators, offers audiologists a new tool for facilitating the expansion of the auditory dynamic range (DR) for loudness. The protocol and its content are specifically designed to address and treat problems that impact hearing-impaired persons who, due to their reduced DRs, may be limited in the use and benefit of amplified sound from hearing aids. The reduced DRs may result from elevated audiometric thresholds and/or reduced sound tolerance as documented by lower-than-normal loudness discomfort levels (LDLs)...
February 2017: Seminars in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277209/importance-of-an-interprofessional-team-approach-in-achieving-improved-management-of-the-dizzy-patient
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Amanda I Rodriguez, Steven Zupancic, Michael M Song, Joehassin Cordero, Tam Q Nguyen, Charles Seifert
BACKGROUND: Because of its multifaceted nature, dizziness is difficult for clinicians to diagnose and manage independently. Current treatment trends suggest that patients are often referred to the otolaryngologist for intervention despite having a nonotologic disorder. Additionally, many individuals with atypical presentations are often misdiagnosed and spend a significant amount of time waiting for consultation by the otolaryngologist. Few studies have alluded that implementation of an interprofessional team approach in the diagnosis and management of the dizzy patient can improve clinical decision-making...
March 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266245/audiologists-communication-behaviour-during-hearing-device-management-appointments
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Karen Mu├▒oz, Clarissa W Ong, Stephanie A Borrie, Lauri H Nelson, Michael P Twohig
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this exploratory study was to describe audiologist communication behaviours during appointments for hearing device monitoring and management before and after participation in counselling skills training. DESIGN: The study used a longitudinal design with three assessment points over 6 months. STUDY SAMPLE: The sample included 10 audiologists and audiology graduate students interacting in a professional setting with their clients...
February 26, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257528/service-delivery-to-children-with-mild-hearing-loss-current-practice-patterns-and-parent-perceptions
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Elizabeth A Walker, Meredith Spratford, Sophie E Ambrose, Lenore Holte, Jacob Oleson
Purpose: This study investigates clinical practice patterns and parent perception of intervention for children with mild hearing loss (HL). Method: Ages at and delays between service delivery steps (first diagnostic evaluation, confirmation of HL, hearing aid [HA] fitting, entry into early intervention) were investigated for 113 children with mild HL. Comparisons were made to children with moderate-to-severe HL. Parents of children with mild HL reported reasons for delays and their perceptions of intervention and amplification for their children...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252160/the-effects-of-service-delivery-model-and-purchase-price-on-hearing-aid-outcomes-in-older-adults-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Larry E Humes, Sara E Rogers, Tera M Quigley, Anna K Main, Dana L Kinney, Christine Herring
Objectives: The objectives of this study were to determine efficacy of hearing aids in older adults using audiology best practices, to evaluate the efficacy of an alternative over-the-counter (OTC) intervention, and to examine the influence of purchase price on outcomes for both service-delivery models. Design: The design of this study was a single-site, prospective, double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial with three parallel branches: (a) audiology best practices (AB), (b) consumer decides OTC model (CD), and (c) placebo devices (P)...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245295/the-impact-of-clinical-history-on-the-threshold-estimation-of-auditory-brainstem-response-results-for-infants
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Maha Zaitoun, Steven Cumming, Alison Purcell, Katie O'Brien
Purpose: This study assesses the impact of patient clinical history on audiologists' performance when interpreting auditory brainstem response (ABR) results. Method: Fourteen audiologists' accuracy in estimating hearing threshold for 16 infants through interpretation of ABR traces was compared on 2 occasions at least 5 months apart. On the 1st occasion, ABR traces were presented to the audiologists with no clinical information except for the age of the child. On the 2nd occasion, audiologists were given a full clinical history for the ABR cases...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202097/independent-prescriber-physiotherapist-led-balance-clinic-the-southport-and-ormskirk-pathway
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L Burrows, T H Lesser, A V Kasbekar, N Roland, M Billing
OBJECTIVE: To report the introduction and impact of non-medical prescribing, initiated to improve patient pathways for those presenting with dizziness and balance disorders. METHODS: The Southport and Ormskirk physiotherapy-led vestibular clinic sees and treats all patients with dizziness and balance disorders referred to the ENT department. Letters are triaged by an audiologist, who also performs an otological examination and hearing test; this is followed by an assessment with the independent prescriber physiotherapist...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169839/speech-intelligibility-as-a-cue-for-acceptable-noise-levels
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Karrie L Recker, Christophe Micheyl
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to examine whether individuals are using speech intelligibility to determine how much noise they are willing to accept while listening to running speech. Previous research has shown that the amount of background noise that an individual is willing to accept while listening to speech is predictive of his or her likelihood of success with hearing aids. If it were possible to determine the criterion by which individuals make this judgment, then it may be possible to alter this cue, especially for those who are unlikely to be successful with hearing aids, and thereby improve their chances of success with hearing aids...
February 6, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155308/ototoxicity-management-an-investigation-into-doctors-knowledge-and-practices-and-the-roles-of-audiologists-in-a-tertiary-hospital
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Anna Wium, Berna Gerber
BACKGROUND: A significant number of medications that are prescribed by doctors to treat cancers, tuberculosis and infections are ototoxic. Disclosure of ototoxic risks is ethical practice as patients have the right to be properly informed about and involved in decisions about their health care. Often, doctors fail to disclose such information. AIM: This research investigated whether a group of doctors working in a South African academic hospital inform their patients about the ototoxic risks associated with specific medications, and if not, explore the reasons for it...
December 1, 2016: South African Journal of Communication Disorders. die Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Kommunikasieafwykings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114665/exploring-the-relevance-of-items-in-the-communicative-participation-item-bank-cpib-for-individuals-with-hearing-loss
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Christi W Miller, Carolyn R Baylor, Kristen Birch, Kathryn M Yorkston
Purpose: The Communicative Participation Item Bank (CPIB) was developed to evaluate participation restrictions in communication situations for individuals with speech and language disorders. This study evaluated the potential relevance of CPIB items for individuals with hearing loss. Method: Cognitive interviews were conducted with 17 adults with a range of treated and untreated hearing loss, who responded to 46 items. Interviews were continued until saturation was reached and prevalent trends emerged...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109491/audiovisual-sentence-repetition-as-a-clinical-criterion-for-auditory-development-in-persian-language-children-with-hearing-loss
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Mohammad Majid Oryadi-Zanjani, Maryam Vahab, Zahra Rahimi, Anis Mayahi
OBJECTIVES: It is important for clinician such as speech-language pathologists and audiologists to develop more efficient procedures to assess the development of auditory, speech and language skills in children using hearing aid and/or cochlear implant compared to their peers with normal hearing. So, the aim of study was the comparison of the performance of 5-to-7-year-old Persian-language children with and without hearing loss in visual-only, auditory-only, and audiovisual presentation of sentence repetition task...
February 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072811/evaluation-of-the-ototoxicity-potential-of-once-daily-single-entity-hydrocodone-in-patients-with-chronic-pain-results-of-two-phase-3-clinical-studies
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Kathleen Campbell, J Walter Kutz, Angela Shoup, Warren Wen, Shau Yu Lynch, Ellie He, Steven R Ripa
BACKGROUND: Use/misuse of the opioid combination hydrocodone-acetaminophen has been associated with permanent hearing loss. Although reports have been rare, this potential effect can have significant detrimental effect on patients' overall quality of life. To date, the ototoxic effect of hydrocodone alone has not been systematically investigated. OBJECTIVE: In this report, we aimed to evaluate the potential ototoxicity of a novel, single-entity, once-daily, extended-release hydrocodone tablet (Hysingla® ER; HYD)...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054909/noise-exposure-questionnaire-a-tool-for-quantifying-annual-noise-exposure
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Tiffany A Johnson, Susan Cooper, Greta C Stamper, Mark Chertoff
BACKGROUND: Exposure to both occupational and nonoccupational noise is recognized as a risk factor for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Although audiologists routinely inquire regarding history of noise exposure, there are limited tools available for quantifying this history or for identifying those individuals who are at highest risk for NIHL. Identifying those at highest risk would allow hearing conservation activities to be focused on those individuals. PURPOSE: To develop a detailed, task-based questionnaire for quantifying an individual's annual noise exposure (ANE) arising from both occupational and nonoccupational sources (aim 1) and to develop a short screening tool that could be used to identify individuals at high risk of NIHL (aim 2)...
January 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028326/practice-management-the-game-changer
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REVIEW
Paul Pessis
The reimbursement landscape is undergoing significant changes. Practice management, which encompasses reimbursement, is becoming increasingly more important in securing business success. Each practitioner within a facility is responsible for fortifying the practice through thoughtful business protocols. Knowing legislation that impacts health care along with understanding the foundational components of reimbursement is key for keeping a practice financially healthy. Change is good, but making the changes is what counts! Legislation such as the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act defines the new payment models...
November 2016: Seminars in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028325/can-you-hear-me-now-marketing-essentials-for-audiologists-in-a-noisy-health-care-world
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REVIEW
DAnne Rudden
Audiologists, even those with a strong acumen for business, are not traditionally taught the basics of creating a robust practice identity and dynamic marketing plan. This activity will teach learners how to create a distinct brand that separates them from others in a competitive and distracted marketplace. Additionally, learners will gain an understanding for how to blend traditional marketing tools with more modern online options and social media. Upon completion, learners will be familiar with the skills necessary to actively create, implement, and track the effectiveness of their marketing strategy using proven methodologies...
November 2016: Seminars in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028324/patient-satisfaction-by-design
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REVIEW
Karen Jacobs
The concept of the patient experience as it relates to patient satisfaction is a complex dynamic. It is a dynamic that is becoming increasingly more important as patients are faced with multiple choices for their hearing and balance care. As reimbursement and performance policies have become more normative within health care, patient satisfaction has become a metric to measure quality. Patient satisfaction is no longer contained to just the interaction with the audiologist. It extends to the entire experience-the staff, the service, the product, and other factors...
November 2016: Seminars in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028323/using-key-performance-indicators-to-do-more-with-less-in-your-practice
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REVIEW
Brian Taylor
Key performance indicators (KPIs) are important to managing any sustainable business. This tutorial provides audiologists, especially those with little formal business education, with a working definition of KPIs. A major theme of this article is that a relatively small group of about a dozen KPIs are an essential part of managing a successful audiology practice. The most useful KPIs for managing retail-oriented and medically oriented practices will be provided. Best practice benchmarks and how to use them to hire, coach, and train your staff also is covered...
November 2016: Seminars in Hearing
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