Thanks for the wonderful cover story, “A Surge in Hearing Loops Gives Hearing-Impaired Front Row Seats.” (HJ 2012;64:14; http://bit.ly/HJseptCover.) We, too, are advocating for hearing loops in Lafayette, IN, and two worship facilities were recently looped. The responses have been amazing, even though we are only in our first few weeks of getting the word out. We have several patients’ testimonials, which include sentiments such as, “This was the first time I have heard a sermon in years! I am amazed at the sound quality! I was a teenager when I last heard this well.”
Looping America will take a team effort. Manufacturers provide the product; audiologists evaluate the t-coil performance, demonstrate how the product works, dispense the product, and educate the consumer. The consumer then becomes the torchbearer and we ALL benefit! The efforts of the Let's Loop America campaign would best be served by audiologists distinguishing themselves as those who provide patients with total hearing management versus just dispensing hearing aids. With this increase in knowledge, each practitioner can answer with a resounding “yes” to the question put to us from the joint statement from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists about changes in hearing health delivery: Do you provide treatment for hearing loss that reflects the full scope of practice for audiology?
Mary Caccavo, PhD, & Susan Lopez, AuD
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The recent article, “Quality Improvement Efforts Target Gaps in Newborn Hearing Screening Programs” (HJ 2012;64:14; http://bit.ly/NewbornHear), contained an error concerning the CDC data cited. The article indicated that the data were based on infants not passing their initial hearing screening, but the CDC screening and diagnostic data are based on infants not passing the final or most recent hearing screening. The Hearing Journal apologizes for the error.