Wise advice, totally ignored

By David H. Kirkwood Recently, audiologist friends shared with me a letter that the executive director of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Cheryl Kreider Carey, e-mailed last month to some of her group’s members. It included an excerpt from James Jerger’s April 1989 keynote address to the first convention of the academy that he…

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Brenda Battat: A great act to follow

By David H. Kirkwood Last year, following Brenda Battat’s announcement that she would be retiring in 2013 as executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), that organization sent out a press release about its search for her successor. It stated that applicants for the job should be “visionary, dynamic, diplomatic, highly competent,…

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Nationwide insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids is overdue

By Kevin Liebe, Brenna Carroll, and Heather Segars Only 20 states mandate some form of health insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids. So, if you reside in any of the other 30, it is likely that you are among the millions of American families who have no such coverage on your plan. The financial implications…

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The Affordable Care Act will change the landscape in audiology

By George Lyons Jr. Upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year and the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s first term, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is on track to trigger change in the U.S. health care system that will have an impact on how audiologists practice. It is important, therefore, for…

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