- Establishing a Group Educational Session for Hyperacusis Patients. [Journal Article]
- AJAm J Audiol 2019 Jun 10; 28(2):245-250
- Purpose Audiologists should be treating hyperacusis patients. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin because treatment protocols and evidence-based treatment studies are lacking. A good …
Purpose Audiologists should be treating hyperacusis patients. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin because treatment protocols and evidence-based treatment studies are lacking. A good place to start in any tinnitus and hyperacusis clinic is to incorporate a group educational session. Method Here, we outline our approach to establishing a hyperacusis group educational session that includes specific aspects of getting to know each patient to best meet their needs, understanding the problems associated with hyperacusis, explaining the auditory system and the relationship of hyperacusis to hearing loss and tinnitus, describing the influence of hyperacusis on daily life, and introducing treatment options. Subjective responses from 11 adults with hyperacusis, who participated in a recent clinical group education session, were discussed to illustrate examples from actual patients. Conclusions Due to the devastating nature of hyperacusis, patients need to be reassured that they are not alone and that they can rely on audiologists to provide support and guidance. A group approach can facilitate the therapeutic process by connecting patients with others who are also affected by hyperacusis, and by educating patients and significant others on hyperacusis and its treatment options. Supplemental Material https://doi.org/10.23641/asha.8121197.
- Clinician, student and faculty perspectives on the audiology-industry interface: implications for ethics education. [Journal Article]
- IJInt J Audiol 2019 May 14; :1-11
- CONCLUSIONS: In direct response to our findings, the authors suggest a move to include virtues-based practice, an explicit curriculum for learning ethical industry relations, theoretically-aligned ethics education approaches and systemic and structural change.
- Collaborative Educational Experiences of Dental Hygiene and Audiology Students. [Journal Article]
- JDJ Dent Hyg 2019; 93(2):6-12
- CONCLUSIONS: The educational objectives of this initial interprofessional collaborative experience were met. Participants reported that the didactic and experiential education was a valuable learning experience and it increased their knowledge about the audiology profession and hearing health for themselves and their patients.
- Remote microphone systems for preschool-age children who are hard of hearing: access and utilization. [Journal Article]
- IJInt J Audiol 2019; 58(4):200-207
- CONCLUSIONS: Results indicated that the majority of the CHH in the current study did not receive RM systems for home use in early childhood, but half had access to RM technology in the educational setting. High-quality research studies are needed to determine ways in which RM systems benefit pre-school-age CHH.
- Face and Content Validity of a Probe Tube Placement Training Simulator. [Journal Article]
- JAJ Am Acad Audiol 2019; 30(3):227-234
- CONCLUSIONS: Results were generally very positive for the simulator, and future iterations will look to improve the flexibility and texture of the ear, as well as the otoscopic view of the ear canal and TM.
- [Hearing aid provision in children]. [Journal Article]
- HNOHNO 2018; 66(10):783-796
- Achieving high-quality hearing aid fitting in children is an interdisciplinary task and a challenge for all involved specialist disciplines. According to quality agreements (standards), comparative h…
Achieving high-quality hearing aid fitting in children is an interdisciplinary task and a challenge for all involved specialist disciplines. According to quality agreements (standards), comparative hearing aid fitting is mandatory prior to prescription. Furthermore, RECD measurements and, in older children, in-situ measurements should be applied on a regular basis for finetuning and adjustment of the hearing aid fitting. ENT physicians, phoniatricians and pediatric audiologists, pediatric acousticians, teachers of the hearing impaired, and special educational needs teachers should work together in an interdisciplinary approach.
- GeneReviews®: Perrault Syndrome [BOOK]
- BOOKUniversity of Washington, Seattle: Seattle (WA)
- Perrault syndrome is characterized by sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in males and females and ovarian dysfunction in females. SNHL is bilateral and ranges from profound with prelingual (congenital…
Perrault syndrome is characterized by sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in males and females and ovarian dysfunction in females. SNHL is bilateral and ranges from profound with prelingual (congenital) onset to moderate with early-childhood onset. When onset is in early childhood, hearing loss can be progressive. Ovarian dysfunction ranges from gonadal dysgenesis (absent or streak gonads) manifesting as primary amenorrhea to primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) defined as cessation of menses before age 40 years. Fertility in affected males is reported as normal (although the number of reported males is limited). Neurologic features described in some individuals with Perrault syndrome include learning difficulties and developmental delay, cerebellar ataxia, and motor and sensory peripheral neuropathy.
- Mixed-methods research: A tutorial for speech-language therapists and audiologists in South Africa. [Journal Article]
- SAS Afr J Commun Disord 2018 Jul 12; 65(1):e1-e13
- Mixed-methods research (MMR) offers much to healthcare professions on clinical and research levels. Speech-language therapists and audiologists work in both educational and health settings where the…
Mixed-methods research (MMR) offers much to healthcare professions on clinical and research levels. Speech-language therapists and audiologists work in both educational and health settings where they deal with real-world problems. Through the nature of their work, they are confronted with multifaceted questions arising from their efforts to provide evidence-based services to individuals of all ages with communication disorders. MMR methods research is eminently suited to addressing such questions. Objective: The aim of this tutorial is to increase awareness of the value of MMR, especially for readers less familiar with this research approach. Method: A literature review was conducted to provide an overview of the key issues in MMR. The tutorial discusses the various issues to be considered in the critical appraisal of MMR, followed by an explanation of the process of conducting MMR. A critical review describes the strengths and challenges in MMR. Results: MMR is less commonly used or published in the fields of speech-language therapy and audiology. Conclusion: Researchers working in teams can draw on the strengths of different disciples and their research approaches. Such collaborative enterprises will contribute to capacity building. Researchers, SLTs and audiologists are encouraged to make use of MMR to address the complex research issues in the multicultural, multifaceted South African context. MMR makes an important contribution to the understanding of individuals with communication disorders, and in turn, researchers in the two disciplinary fields of speech-language therapy and audiology can contribute to the development of this research approach. MMR is well suited to the complexity of South African contexts and its populations, as it can provide multiple perspectives of a topic.
- Adjusting Expectations: Hearing Abilities in a Population-Based Sample Using an SSQ Short Form. [Journal Article]
- THTrends Hear 2018 Jan-Dec; 22:2331216518784837
- The German short form of the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ) was administered in a cross-sectional study based on stratified random samples complemented by audiometric tests and…
The German short form of the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ) was administered in a cross-sectional study based on stratified random samples complemented by audiometric tests and a general interview. Data from 1,711 unaided adults aged 18 to 97 years were analyzed in order to determine a distribution of hearing abilities considered as normal and the main factors that impact self-assessments. An innovative mathematical approach was used to overcome the constraints of statistics based on the mean. Quantile regression analysis yielded a benchmark distribution of SSQ scores that might support audiologists in setting realistic SSQ score targets and estimated how the effect of auditory and nonauditory factors changes across the distribution of SSQ scores. Regression models showed significant effects for nonauditory factors on SSQ ratings when controlled for pure-tone hearing and interaural asymmetry. Self-reporting of hearing difficulties, when asked in general terms, was substantially related to SSQ ratings. This effect was observed in both high and low scoring participants and led to a considerable score decrease in all SSQ subscales. Gender, educational level, and self-reporting of health issues also were significantly related to SSQ ratings, but the corresponding effects were regularly unbalanced across the score distribution and particularly large at lower quantiles. The estimated effects of age, however, were mostly small in size, inconsistent regarding the direction, and failed significance for all SSQ items. Overall, the results suggest that nonauditory factors and cumulative effects must be considered when evaluating rehabilitative interventions against an ideal outcome.
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- Practice patterns of South African audiologists in cerumen management: a pilot study. [Journal Article]
- IJInt J Audiol 2018; 57(9):703-706
- CONCLUSIONS: Findings from this study indicate that South African audiologists feel that they are adequately trained and competent to perform CM.