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What is Advanced Bionics New ClearVoice™ Sound Processing Strategy?

Tracey Kruger

January 14, 2013

I have heard that Advanced Bionics (AB) has released a new sound-processing strategy. Can you please tell me what differentiates it from the previous technology and what evidence there is to support...   Read More

How Can I Determine Amplification Readiness?

Donald J. Schum, PhD

January 7, 2013

I have patients that come in every day, some seemingly more interested in hearing aids than others, even though the majority of them are self-referred. How can I impact their decision to move forward...   Read More


Can You Attach Files to a Noah 4 Journal Entry?

Ann Monnens

January 7, 2013

Can You Attach Files to a Noah 4 Journal Entry?   Read More

What is the Candidacy Rate for ReSound Verso?

Jennifer Carlson

December 31, 2012

Since the ReSound Verso Invisible-In-the-Canal (IIC) is obviously very small, how many typical patients are candidates? In other words, what is the fit rate or candidacy rate?   Read More

Can I Merge My NOAH Data into a Patient Management System?

Kevin Lindemann

December 3, 2012

Is there a way to merge my NOAH data into a patient management system so I do not have to use two computers or switch back and forth between workstations?   Read More


What are Recommendations for Performing ENG/VNG on Patients with Acute Vertigo?

Kamran Barin, PhD

November 19, 2012

Would you do a VNG if the patient cannot go off their Antivert/Meclizine? Specifically, would you do a VNG if the patient were admitted to the hospital for vertigo, treated in the emergency room with...   Read More


What BC Thresholds are Recommended for Optimal Results with Bone Anchored Hearing Systems?

Ravi Sockalingam, PhD, FAAA

November 19, 2012

With single sided deafness, the guidelines indicate bone conduction thresholds in the good ear to be within 20 dB average between 500 and 3000 Hz. There has been advice saying that closer to 0-10 dB i...   Read More

Will Phonak’s Technology be Incorporated in Advanced Bionics’ CIs?

Tracey Kruger

November 12, 2012

Sonova is a big name in the hearing aid world, but I recently heard that Phonak’s parent company also acquired Advanced Bionics. Does this mean the cochlear implant manufacturer will start to u...   Read More

Status of the VEMP: Is it Ethical and Can We Get Paid?

Robert C. Fifer, PhD

November 12, 2012

In regard to vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP), what's the current status with the the FDA? If VEMP has not yet been authorized by the FDA, is it ethical to do VEMP and to bill for it...   Read More


How does DFS Ultra Feedback Cancellation Affect Telephone Use?

Robin C. Donham, AuD, FAAA, CCC-A

November 5, 2012

When a patient is using the telephone and DFS Ultra reduces gain to avoid feedback, will it degrade the patient’s ability to understand?   Read More

How Can I Assess Patient State-of-Mind for Hearing Aids?

Donald J. Schum, PhD

November 5, 2012

How can I tell which patients are really “ready” for hearing aids? Some patients who seem ready end up returning instruments, and some patients who don’t seem ready end up as succes...   Read More


Why Does Amplification Sometimes Exacerbate Tinnitus?

Casie Keaton, AuD, CCC-A

October 29, 2012

Occasionally I get a patient whose tinnitus worsens with the use of amplification. Why is this? How should I manage these patients?   Read More


SCAN 3: Screening or Diagnostic Test?

Robert Keith, PhD

October 29, 2012

Is the SCAN 3 a screening or diagnostic test?   Read More

High VOR Gain in Rotary Chair Testing

Gary Jacobson, PhD

October 22, 2012

What is the significance of high VOR gain with rotary chair testing? I've seen this finding numerous times & I'm not sure what to do with it.   Read More


Getting the Most out of LACE

Kevin Lindemann

October 22, 2012

Is there any way to better incorporate the LACE (Listening and Communication Enhancement) rehabilitation program into my office, or do I have to refer patients directly online to purchase it?   Read More


Billable Time: Same as Relative Value Units?

Robert C. Fifer, PhD

October 15, 2012

Can you explain billable time units (BTU) and how they are calculated? Our hospital is moving toward BTU use, but I understand these are not available for audiology at this time.   Read More

Are Larger Hearing Aid Receivers Really Noisier?

Earl Johnson, PhD, AuD

October 8, 2012

I've been fitting a lot of receiver-in-canal (RIC) products, and when I have a patient with good low-frequency hearing, I like to use the smaller gain receiver option because I worry about the lar...   Read More

What is the Best Way to Bill for VEMP?

Kim Cavitt, AuD

October 1, 2012

What is the best way to bill for VEMP? Colleagues have told me that they use a code for a similar procedure such as ABR.   Read More


ReSound Fitting Tip: Adjusting the Directional Mix

Robin C. Donham, AuD, FAAA, CCC-A

September 30, 2012

For directional programs in Aventa, clinicians have the option of adjusting the Directional Mix (or crossover frequency) between omnidirectional and directional processing. Why and when would they wan...   Read More

Do Middle Ear Prosthetics Affect Caloric Tests?

Alan L. Desmond, AuD

September 24, 2012

Would a middle ear prosthetic device alter caloric test results?   Read More


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