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March 16, 2009

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Its mission accomplished, the Audiology Foundation of America decides to disband
By David H. Kirkwood

David Goldstein and Deborah Price

Twenty-one years after the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) was created to turn the dream of the professional doctorate of audiology (AuD) into reality, its board voted February 26 to declare victory and close its doors in April. “Our mission has been accomplished,” said Deborah Price, AuD, chair of the AFA since 2006 and a member of the first graduating class of the AuD program at Arizona School of Health Sciences, now A.T. Still University. She added, “We have reached a critical mass of AuD audiologists and we are now a doctoring profession.”

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Celebrity Ear Contest: Whose ear is it?
Win a $50 American Express gift card!
 

Hint: Son of Super Bowl MVP who protected his hearing during this year’s championship.
Send your guess here

A winner will be chosen at random from among all correct answers received by March 23.

For the correct answer and the name of the winner, see next month's installment of The Ear Hears.

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Anne Seltz, of Minneapolis, MN, who correctly identified Jay Leno’s celebrity ear.

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Read it 'ear first!

COVER STORY

Web 2.0: Leveraging your hearing healthcare practice in an online world
By Brande Victorian

The belief that senior citizens aren't surfing the web has been thoroughly discredited as reports consistently show increasing rates of Internet use among that age group. For hearing healthcare providers, this is more than an interesting tidbit. Read More

PAGE TEN
By Earl E. Johnson

How do hearing aid dispensers pick their buying preferences?

Let's talk beer for a moment. Beginning back in the mid-90s, at the Sandlot microbrewery located within Coors Field in Downtown Denver, a fairly tasty Belgian-style witbier called Bellyslide (a baseball term) was available in small batches. It was a favorite of a few, but ignored by most, and even scorned by some. Read More

EDITORIAL
By David H. Kirkwood

The news from Beaver Dam: What it means and what it doesn't

If you searched the web recently under “hearing loss,” you probably read about a research study published in the January 15 American Journal of Epidemiology. The February issue of HJ's e-newsletter, The Ear Hears, ran an interesting feature about the study, including interviews with its two senior authors.  Read More

FEATURE
By Kelly C. Calkins

Seven proven tips to reach your practice's Internet potential

Last week an 85-year-old patient asked me for my Twitter name. Boy, have things changed! I remember 25 years ago when we adjusted hearing aid with screwdrivers, we thought that was advanced technology! Read More

GYL’S GUIDE
By Gyl A. Kasewurm

Improving patient retention

While reviewing a spreadsheet that detailed patients' most recent visits to my office, I was dismayed to learn how many we had lost touch with. Considering the lifetime value of a patient, this represents a significant loss of potential revenue. I had to wonder . . . Read More

'Ear's the news

2010 AFA Otoscope Program Supports 100 Au.D. Students
3/10/2010

Deafness Research Foundation Drawing Contest: 'It's a Noisy Planet: What Are You Doing to Protect Your Hearing?'
3/10/2010

New Website Connects Consumers and Hearing Professionals to More Resources
3/9/2010

ASHFoundation Awards 39 Research Grants, Scholarships, Clinical Awards
3/8/2010

Diabetics Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; HearUSA Centers to Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
3/8/2010

2010 South African ENT, Audiology & Head and Neck Oncology Congress
3/7/2010

AO NEWS:Monthly Review - Do You Love to Learn?
3/2/2010

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Ask-the-Experts

Using the SSW with Non-English Speakers
Jack Katz, Ph.D.

Non-physician Referral Source for Medicare
Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.

Billing for Services – Ear Protection & Musicians’ Earplugs
Brian Fligor, ScD

The Relationship Between Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Tinnitus
Max Chartrand, Ph.D.

Infection Control – Cleaning Probe Tips
A.U. Bankaitis, Ph.D., Vice President, Oaktree Products

Non-Fused and O/L Indicators for Phonemic Synthesis Test
Jack Katz, Ph.D.
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