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Its mission accomplished, the Audiology
Foundation of America decides to disband
David H. Kirkwood
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
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STORYWeb 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.
By Earl E.
How do hearing aid dispensers pick their
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.
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
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!
By Gyl A.
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 .
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Awards 39 Research Grants, Scholarships, Clinical
Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; HearUSA Centers to
Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
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Brian Fligor, ScD
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Max Chartrand, Ph.D.
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Jack Katz, Ph.D.