Mrs. Stromberg, Where Are You When I Need You?

I had a wonderful English teacher at Scranton Central High School. Her name was Muriel Stromberg and she had a Mamie Eisenhower haircut. I realized as I was writing this that probably no one reading this column would have any idea what a Mamie Eisenhower haircut was, so I’ve provided a photo. I don’t remember a…

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The Audiology Elephant

In my last entry, I examined the mythical elephant PCAST created in its examination of the hearing healthcare system. The creature seemed to be purely product – no professional services needed – and closely resembled the vision of the Consumer Electronics Association and PSAP manufacturers. In many ways, the PCAST report is the epitome of…

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That Great PR Agency in the Sky…..

The Report… I finally forced myself to read the PCAST report on assistive hearing devices that was released last week.  Given how grumpy I was about the video summary of the study which I discussed in my last column, I knew it was going to be a difficult read – and I was right.  It’s hard…

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With Friends Like These – A Strange Saga of “Teamwork”

By Angela Loavenbruck, Ed.D. Crabby audiologists had a field day in 2001 during the presidency of Dave Fabry. Early in his term, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) was approached by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) to join its America’s Hearing Healthcare Team Initiative (AHHTI). The “team members” envisioned by AAO-HNS…

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