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Are the terms 'AS' and 'AD' Considered Jargon in Report Writing?

Suzanne Younker, AuD

March 3, 2014

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Question

We know that the use of nonstandard terminology or jargon in report writing can cause confusion, and even lead to medical errors.  Are the terms AD (referring to right ear) and AS (referring to left ear) ok to use in a report, or would you consider these nonstandard terminology?

Answer

I think the terms AD and AS are standard terminology, but it always important to keep in mind with whom you are communicating.  For example, a physician may understand those terms, but what about support staff - will they understand them?  If you are dealing with a third party for an authorization for a hearing aid, like vocational rehab, for example, will they understand those terms? Regardless of whether we as audiologists determine certain terminology is standard or nonstandard, it is always important to keep your audience in mind, and to be sensitive about using acronyms and other audiology jargon communicating your results to others.

This Ask the Expert was taken from the AudiologyOnline recorded course, Preventing Medical Errors.


suzanne younker

Suzanne Younker, AuD

Audiology Services Manager, HearUSA

Suzanne Younker, Au.D is the Audiology Services Manager for HearUSA where she manages the Customer Service department.  She is also a major contributor to the professional education and quality programs.  Dr. Younker obtained her Doctorate degree from A.T Stills University in 2004 and is a past president of the Florida Academy of Audiology.


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