Washington Post Article on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
Last Sunday’s (8/14/2016) Washington Post article on hearing loss and hearing aids cites the NIDCD, HLAA, AARP, and PCAST, but none of the professional associations (including the Academy) were asked to comment on the topic. Dr. Frank Lin is quoted regarding the high cost of hearing aids, but the importance of the audiology doesn't come up anywhere (except in the comments section). Collectively, we need to ensure that we stop allowing others to speak on behalf of audiologists and audiology by speaking for ourselves. Our responsibility, however, is to ensure that we provide evidence-based support (beyond our degrees and credentials) that supports the differentiating role of the Audiologist in the process of diagnosis, fitting, and follow-up of patients with hearing loss. This is perhaps more critical than ever, given the potential looming disruptions to the market provided by the PCAST, PSAPS, and the FDA. A continued focus on the needs of the patient, rather than our own self-interests, will place the Academy and audiology on the right side of this issue.