Who’s at the Center of Your Practice – You or Your Patient?

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.  To date, “Peeling the Onion” has focused on a rehabilitative approach to audiologic treatment to include such concepts as the Health Belief and Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) models. The primary objective (and, many would say, the compelling advantage) of the rehabilitative approach is to…

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The Transtheoretical Model and Audiologic Care

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD “There is nothing wrong with change as long as it is in the right direction” – Winston Churchill   To date, the theme of my posts has focused on the two primary approaches to audiologic care – medical and rehabilitative. The rehabilitative approach recognizes…

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My Move from a Conventional Hearing Aid Manufacturer to a Consumer Electronics Company

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly, or sometimes monthly, column by Brian Taylor, AuD.   Selecting and fitting hearing aids is, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, the primary tool audiologists and hearing instrument specialists use to address the needs of adults with hearing loss. Today, it is the hearing aid that…

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Chronic Care Management and the Health Belief Model: Does it Apply to Hearing Health Behavior?

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD I concluded last month’s post by describing The Chronic Care Model (CCM); Wagner, 1998) which consists of six components considered critical for improving outcomes among patients with chronic health conditions: Self-Management Support Delivery System Design Decision Support Clinical Information Systems Organization of Health Care…

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Rehabilitative Audiology: Hearing Loss as a Chronic Health Condition

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. In last month’s post, I discussed the influence of our profession’s early history on our current self-perception of audiology as a medical model of care and suggested that we may want to consider reframing our profession as a rehabilitative discipline.  In fact, there are…

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