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How I Became Unethical



How I Became Unethical

James Curran looks back at a time when, if an audiologist dispensed (sold) a hearing aid, it was considered unethical behavior by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and resulted in membership expulsion and loss of professional certification.

Dispensing Audiologists—They Once Walked a Lonely Road

Fifty years ago, audiologists who heeded an inner call to help people with hearing loss through personal hands-on marketing of hearing aids were labeled as “unethical.” Thanks to our friends at Hearing Review, we’re pleased to reprint the stories of four masters degree audiologists who were among the very first to venture into dispensing hearing aids: Jim Curran, John Schuneman, Mel Sorkowitz, and Otis Whitcomb.

Changes in the prevalence and characteristics of hearing loss in a noise-exposed population between 1980 and 2015

Originally published in Canadian Acoustics, we’re pleased to share the study by Brown et al examining that the prevalence of hearing loss decreased, and hearing thresholds generally improved in an occupationally noise exposed population between 1980 and 2015 in British Columbia

Striking the Right Balance

Striking the Right Balance, Janine Verge, AuD, Michael Vekasi, AuD, Sue Ehler, Shannon Phillips, Ben Kuai, and Josh Creppin, MSc, write about the use of fall risk screening tools in an Audiology practice, paying tribute to November being Fall Prevention month!


Audiology in the Classrooms

Pam Millett takes a trip down memory lane with Carolyne Edwards to talk about the early days of educational audiology in Ontario and answer some of questions about the evolution of educational audiology over the years.

From the Labs to the Clinics

Bob Harrison is “frustrated, fed up, and completely saddened” by the lack of attention to cochlear amplification in clinical audiology.

Issues in Accessibility

Janine Verge writes about how we must remember that quality customer service includes reducing physical barriers at reception and counter service areas for people living with hearing loss to make them feel valued, and help create accessible communities.

The Way I Hear It

Gael Hannan reminds practitioners that understanding the importance of self-care to the quality of life for people with hearing loss should be a critical component of your practice.

Noisy Notes

Alberto Behar reminds us, when choosing hearing protection, we need to remember the sage saying of Aram Glorig: “the best protector is the one that is worn” and adding…and properly worn.

CAA News

CAA News: November 2021
1. President’s Award Winner 2021
2. Student Award Winners 2021

Industry News

Industry News: November 2021
David Shipp’s Retirement, FDA Proposed Rules for OTC Hearing Aids Extend Beyond OTC, President’s Award Winner 2021, Ida launches new Learning Hall course on Child-Centered Care, & more
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