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Spotlight on Special Interest Group 8, Audiology and Public Health

by Amy Boudin-George
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Looking for a group that explores the relationship between audiological services and public health issues? Let Amy Boudin-George explain why this SIG is for you.

When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?

I joined after I began working in the Department of Defense (DoD), where hearing loss and prevention are seen as being in the public health domain, in addition to being a medical issue. SIG 8 hits that exact mark and goes beyond, showing how hearing loss and tinnitus are public health issues on a global scale.

How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?

I am much more acutely aware of my role as an audiologist in providing services beyond the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. We have to evolve as a profession to help the public see that we are more than “button-pushers,” and SIG 8 is helping to address this. We’ve had online discussions and conference sessions that provided insight into how to maximize your time using technology, and how to address hearing loss and tinnitus prevention and rehabilitation in meaningful ways to patients.

How do you carve out time to volunteer with the SIG while working in your full-time job and balancing other commitments? What advice would you give to someone who’d like to get more involved in the SIG, including how you get support from your supervisor/institution?

Being a part of SIG 8 goes beyond the volunteer activities: You can get insights into the inner workings of ASHA that you might miss as a regular member. Relevant issues like coding and reimbursement activities, advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and potential/upcoming changes to our profession are just a few examples. I am lucky enough to have a job that allows me to have time for activities like these. My supervisors understand that involvement in SIG 8 directly relates to my work as an audiologist. Your involvement can start small and grow: Start by posting or responding to a question in our online forum. Just reach out to the SIG 8 Coordinator, Vickie Tuten (vickie.tuten@yahoo.com), for more information!

What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?

We are sponsoring a one-hour talk at the 2019 ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida, on the intersection of health care policy and aural rehabilitation in aging adults, presented by audiologist Michelle Arnold, assistant professor at the University of South Florida.

What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?

Hearing Loss and the Achievement Gap among Minority Youth” by Lori A. Pakulski, Jennifer Glassman and Monica Williams. I really like this article because it highlights a disparity within our school systems and, more important, outlines an achievable multidisciplinary approach to solving the problems.

Amy Boudin-George, AuD, CCC-A, SIG 8 coordinator, is a clinical audiologist for the Hearing Center of Excellence in the Clinical Care, Rehabilitation, and Restoration Branch of the DoD Hearing Center of Excellence, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas. amy.n.boudin.civ@mail.mil

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