A talent for teaching is a terrible thing to waste

By David H. Kirkwood All of us can look back to our childhood and remember teachers who made a positive and permanent difference in our lives.  I was fortunate to have quite a few, including Miss Lamb, my first grade teacher, who not only taught me to read, but also showed me how much fun…

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Muddying the Waters: the Mixed Message Dilemma

By Angela Loavenbruck, Ed.D. Here’s the issue: for 90 to 95% of the individuals with sensorineural hearing loss seen by audiologists, the only treatment for the resulting communication difficulties is the use of some type of amplification system and acquiring the skills, competencies and knowledge to understand and manage the hearing loss in their daily…

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Back to the Future – The Contentious 80’s

By Angela Loavenbruck, Ed.D. Talk about crabby – the 80’s were full of a lot of audiologists feeling very crabby about many of the issues impinging on our profession. They were crabby about the education system and the growing sense that the Master’s Degree/Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) structure was no longer adequate given the emergence…

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Back to the Beginning – Some History and a Mystery

By Angela Loavenbruck, Ed.D. The Crabby Audiologist is going to begin this week’s entry with a little mystery and then review a little history. Here’s a number that makes me very very crabby: $6,000,000. And another number that makes me even crabbier: $40,000,000. These two numbers are the answers to two questions that I will…

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