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Top 5 Audiology Posts for 2017

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Here are the most popular audiology posts from the past year—we’ll bring you the top five speech-language pathology posts next week!

Does Auditory Processing Disorder Meet the Criteria for a Legitimate Clinical Entity?

You wanted to know more about both side of the auditory processing disorder controversy. We ran a series of articles, and this installment from audiologist Andrew Vermiglio, director of the Speech Perception Lab at East Carolina University, garnered the most views.

In the post, he states that the “concept of the clinical entity is important when addressing controversial conditions such as auditory processing disorder (APD). Although the ASHA Working Group on APD concluded sufficient evidence exists to support APD as a diagnostic entity, others—me included—remain skeptical.”


Now That President Trump Signed It Into Law, 5 Steps to OTC Hearing Aid Implementation

“So what’s next for OTC hearing aids under this legislation? Here’s a step-by-step look.”

Following the legislative process around over-the-counter hearing aids interested many of our readers. Once President Trump signed this legislation into law, Michelle Mannebach, ASHA director of advocacy communications and administration, shared what will happen now.


Helping Patients Select the Right Hearing-Assistive Technology

Audiologist Melissa Wilson and SLP Jody Vaynshtok run a private practice together in San Francisco. Older woman holding smartphoneMany of their blogs on how they collaborate to give their patients comprehensive services enjoy widespread popularity among Leader blog readers. This post sharing insights on helping people with hearing loss find the right solution for their communication and their pocketbooks intrigued many of you.

“Our goal as audiologists involves balancing the patient’s concerns and wants with their actual communication needs,” Wilson states in the article. “So how do we get to the core concern(s) and where do we get the time to do so if co-consult with an SLP isn’t available?”


Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Prevention During Better Hearing and Speech Month

In this post on the toll of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), Melissa Wilson wrote: “As an audiologist and a human being nearing age 40, I know the lifetime cumulative effects of noise blunt my ears—and those of my patients: an increase in saying “huh?,” tinnitus and sound sensitivity, coupled with a decrease in tolerance for once-cool bars and restaurants.”

As part of a series of posts for Better Hearing and Speech Month, Wilson shared how she and her partner raise awareness of NIHL through fellow providers, patients, family, friends and their local community.


Newborn Hearing Screening Bill Passes With Bipartisan Support and Is Signed Into Law

Readers wanted to learn details on a variety of legislative and advocacy issues this year. Understandably, newborn hearing screening piqued many people’s interest. ASHA’s advocacy team worked hard to make sure that “the U.S. Congress passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2017, which allows newborns and young children to continue to receive hearing screenings.” President Trump signed the reauthorization of this federal program, which will fund hearing screenings for newborns through 3-year-olds—a new age-limit specification—until 2022.


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