Asymmetrical hearing loss is not always taken seriously by healthcare professionals outside of audiology -
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Asymmetrical hearing loss is of important diagnostic interest as it has implications on the treatment, surgery and rehabilitation of the patient. Most clinicians have had a patient showing an asymmetric hearing loss on their audiogram (check out our previous blog post on How to Read an Audiogram), bringing forward questions such as: is this worth a referral? Asymmetrical hearing loss is defined as a hearing loss that is significantly worse in one ear compared to the other. But how much worse is significantly worse?
While hearing loss is defined as partial or total inability to hear sounds with one or both ears, it is much more complex than that. To that end, a lot of research has been done and an important number of standards have been written regarding the topic of hearing loss. This vast amount of information has served to better classify hearing loss, to reduce the complexity of its definition and to assist clinicians in uniform diagnosis of hearing loss.
Each person has their own method of building a puzzle. Generally, you begin with the edges because they are the quickest to identify. One should approach screening and diagnosis in the same fashion, piece by piece discovering the overall picture. As a healthcare professional, you will need your patient to be thoroughly prepared for an audiometric test. This will include a comprehensive case history and an otoscopic examination.
Customers are the lifeblood of any business whether established or new. While Audiologists and doctors will be focused on patients occupational/industrial health companies will be looking for clients (who have patients). Either way, you need more of them.
So, why don’t you own your own practice? Why can’t you see more patients every day? Can’t you find ways of better managing your time? Why do I have to go somewhere else for another hearing test? Can’t you use the results of the hearing screening?
Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the most prevalent sensory impairment in the elderly. Approximately one in three adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have some degree of hearing loss, while almost half of those older than 75 experience hearing problems.
Regulations and standards that cover the use of audiometers exist globally. While some differ, most, if not all, require that the equipment is calibrated and maintained regularly and records are kept for auditing.
“Audiology Practice Space Design’’ is a bit of an unusual topic, especially for clinical audiologists, yet it is an important one.
Times are changing, especially in healthcare. Audiologists are trained specialists in the auditory system and are well prepared for the clinical aspect of their practice. While most audiologists are trained to work IN a practice, many are not as skilled in working ON their practice.
All businesses fall prey to seasonality and audiology is no different. Some months are great and patients seem to pour through the door and it's hard to keep up. Others are dry, with only a few appointments, repairs or follow-ups. It only takes one dry spell watching your bank balance whittled away on running costs to know the panic that sets in.
So you’ve got the perfect location and you have your plan down to a T. You’ve procured all the necessary equipment and are ready to hit the ground running. But then you realize that referrals are not enough to keep business flowing. Time to get marketing. But how do you stay on the right side of ethics.
In our previous post on 6 Steps to Setting Up an Audiology Business we covered the main steps one would take when venturing out into private practice. We briefly touched on the importance of location and its significance to your practices’ success.
Starting up any kind of business is a daunting challenge for many and an audiology practice is no exception. A private practice demands attention, knowledge and stamina as its focus isn’t only for clinical purposes, but for financial too. Apart from the clinical aspect, many of the other factors were either only briefly addressed or, in some cases, not taught at all in grad school.
The main goal of ehealth and in this case, tele-audiology, is to improve access to care, especially for patients in remote areas or for patients who are unable to come to you. Successful implementation of remote audiology relies on the careful selection of your equipment.
“Success isn’t about how much money you can make, it’s about the difference you can make in people’s lives.”-Michelle Obama.
It’s National Women’s day and what better way to celebrate it than by commemorating women in the field of Audiology. Hearing healthcare professionals are often overlooked and sometimes even underappreciated. However, what many don’t realise is just as the body needs every part to function for optimal health, equally all sectors in health are vital for the success of the healthcare system as a whole.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and his colleague Watson experienced the very first telephone call in their Boston lab. The call wasn't clear or crisp, but it was the end of the telegraph and the beginning of modern day telephony.
Today, the smartphone has further revolutionised the telephone. It integrates multiple technologies to provide crisp and clear communication that reaches across the world. It even provides access to the world’s knowledge as well as incredible photography too.
Who, in the 1800’s, would have imagined that this was even possible?
If you have ever had a conference call you will likely understand the frustration of being a part of a broken conversation in which you cannot participate. This video sums it up perfectly and may give you a chuckle.
Of the many hearing tests, speech audiometry is one of the most fundamental in the test battery. Unfortunately, it has been shown to be one of the tests that audiologists conduct without using procedures that have been shown to be valid and reliable (Martin & Pennington, 1971; Martin & Forbis, 1978; Martin & Sides, 1985; Martin & Morris, 1989; Martin et al, 1994, 1998; Wiley et al,1995).
Some may think of audiologists as people who fit the elderly with hearing aids. While this may be partly true, it is a vast simplification of what audiologists actually do.
Audiology is a varied and complex profession requiring in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge. It is demanding and requires commitment to quality patient care, empathy, careful counseling and patience.
Like it or not, audiology is changing, and the challenge to stay relevant is real. But, with change comes opportunity. You need to trust that change is not only constant but necessary and that moving with the times rather than against them is the best plan of action. But how?
As a general rule of life and technology, in particular, tradition eventually takes a backseat to innovation, convenience, and mobility every single time. Examples of this are all around us, in every industry — a prime example being Landline Telephones in America. In 2005, 90% American households had a landline phone. Cut to December 2016, and the figure dropped to less than 46%, as per the estimates from the National Health Interview Survey July-Dec 2016.