Modern Audiology for Primary Care Physicians. I: Adults


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Course Description

How does an audiologist evaluate hearing in an adult patient? This course provides a concise and practical review of current techniques used by audiologists for hearing assessment of older children and adults. The lecture begins with a brief historical overview of the profession of audiology, with an emphasis on assessment and management of hearing loss in adults. Commonly encountered etiologies for adult hearing loss, such as noise-induced and age-related auditory dysfunction, are reviewed. Then, the clinical procedures employed in the diagnostic hearing assessment of adults are explained. Typical patterns of auditory findings for a test battery of auditory procedures are associated with etiologies underlying common causes of adult hearing loss. The lecture concludes with information on how to screen for hearing loss in a physician’s office, including codes used to bill for the procedures.

This introductory course accompanied by a similar course on pediatric hearing assessment (Modern Audiology for Primary Care Physicians. II: Introduction to Hearing Assessment of Children).

The course is also is supplemented by other AIBEF courses, included those on the principles of diagnostic audiometry, non-organic hearing loss (and malingering), diagnosis of retrocochlear auditory dysfunction, electrocochleography and Meniere’s disease, and tinnitus.

Learning Objectives:

  • List procedures used for hearing assessment of adults
  • Describe typical auditory findings in common etiologies for adult hearing loss
  • Explain the economic, psychosocial, and health impact of hearing loss in adults
*This course does not include a certification exam

Course Details

Presenter: James W. Hall, III, Ph.D.

James W. Hall III, Ph.D. received a Bachelor's degree in biology from American International College, a Masters degree from Northwestern University and, in 1979, his Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine under the direction of Dr. James Jerger. Since then, he has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers, including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas Medical School-Houston, and Vanderbilt University. [more details]

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