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Do Patients Have An Obligation to Disclose an Active Disease?

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

September 19, 2016

Do patients have an obligation to disclose an active disease (e.g., HIV) that they may have?   Read More


Practical Tips for Cerumen Removal

Cindy Beyer, AuD

August 8, 2011

I am beginning to perform cerumen removal for my patients on a more regular basis. What are some common mistakes that are made, and what precautions should I take to prevent or minimize those risks?   Read More

 


Infection Control - Hepatitis B

A. U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

May 24, 2010

What kind of infection control should an audiologist implement when working with patients who have Hepatitis B?   Read More

 


Infection Control - Immittance Testing

A. U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

April 26, 2010

What type of infection control is needed for immittance testing?   Read More

  


Infection Control - Sanitizing Via Ultraviolet?

A. U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

March 15, 2010

What are your thoughts on sanitizing hearing aids via the ultraviolet light of the Dry and Store® box?   Read More

  


Infection Control - Cleaning Probe Tips

A. U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

February 1, 2010

When cleaning probe tips, how often do you need to change the Sporox after the six-hour soak?   Read More

 


Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing

A. U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

August 24, 2009

Clarify "disinfect" versus "clean." What products clean/disinfect equipment, and what products sterilize equipment?   Read More

 


Infection Control for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA)

A. U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

February 11, 2008

I recently read about a case of Staphylococcus at my child's school. Upon further research on the internet, I have seen news reports that there are "resistant" forms of this bacterium that are causing...   Read More

 


Relationship Between Cerumen and Cholesterol

Max Stanley Chartrand, PhD, BC-HIS

May 21, 2007

I work in cardiac rehabilitation and am wondering if there is a relationship between excessive cerumen and high cholesterol levels.   Read More

 


Infection Control for Earmold Impressions

A. U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

August 7, 2006

I have a question about earmolds and infection control. What precautions do I need to take when the impression is taken from a patient with Cytomegalovirus (CMV) or Healthcare-Associated Methicillin R...   Read More

 


What Is That Foul Odor On My Hearing Aid?

Brad Ingrao, AuD, MS, CCC-A, FAAA

November 28, 2005

How can you prevent or keep the hearing aids and ears from having a very awful smell?   Read More

     


Sporox v. Glutaraldehyde

A. U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA, Robert J. Kemp, MBA

December 27, 2004

AAA guidelines suggest possibly using Sporox instead of a glutaraldehyde solution. Who manufactures Sporox, and does it have the appropriate government approval to use as a disinfectant?   Read More

  


Causes of Fungal Infection in the EAC

John P. Leonetti, MD

March 29, 2004

I have a client who has worn an ITE for many years. He recently obtained a new one and shortly after developed a fungal infection in his ear which he attributes to the device. What are the common caus...   Read More

 


Itchy Ears

Noel Cohen, MD

November 3, 2003

What contributes to itching ears, not just for those who wear hearing aids, but also for those who do not?   Read More

 


Chronic candidiasis (yeast infection) in the ears

Max Stanley Chartrand, PhD, BC-HIS

August 4, 2003

For many years I've suffered from yeast infections in my ears. No matter what my doctor does, including antibiotics and other eardrops - it still itches. It also interferes with wearing a hearing aid...   Read More

 


Cerumen Production and Earmold Use

Randy Morgan

January 7, 2002

Is there any evidence that cerumen production is increased when using earmolds? Or, is it that earmolds block the ear from natural drainage so it just appears that there is more cerumen? Also, is ther...   Read More

 


ECoG Electrodes

Robert J. Kemp, MBA

December 3, 2001

Is it safe to re-use extra-tympanic ECoG electrodes?   Read More

 


Infection Control

Robert J. Kemp, MBA

April 26, 2001

What are the most common organisms found in the ear canal and what cautions should audiologists take when removing cerumen, taking ear impressions, and using equipment placed in the ear canal?   Read More

 


Cerumen Removal

Bryan Liang, MD, JD, PhD

March 12, 2001

For clinical audiologists performing cerumen removal, what is the level of informed consent recommended to best comply with ethical standards, statutory regulations, and liability concerns?   Read More

 


Infection Control

Robert J. Kemp, MBA

February 20, 2001

What options are available to the audiologist for sterilizing equipment? What equipment needs to be sterilized?   Read More

 


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