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Advancing Access to Hearing Healthcare: Yes, You Can Advocate for Positive Change!

Course: #35605Level: Intermediate 1 Hour 95 Reviews
Recorded Webinar

Anyone can be an advocate for positive change. ACI Alliance staff will share a tool kit of approaches and key current concerns based upon our own programs that engage and involve hearing health professionals, educators, scientists, consumers and parents in advocacy to expand access to hearing healthcare. This course is presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with American Cochlear Implant Alliance.

Course created on January 6, 2021

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AAA/0.1 Intermediate; ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; BAA/1.0; CAA/1.0; IACET/0.1; IHS/1.0; Kansas, LTS-S0035/1.0; NZAS/1.0; SAC/1.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify mechanisms for becoming involved in legislative or regulatory processes that impact patient access and delivery of hearing care services.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe ways in which they can assist patients to self-advocate in activities that may improve insurance coverage, educational support for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, workplace access, awareness about cochlear implant benefits, and other issues.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe current and near-term public policy issues in hearing care, especially cochlear implantation.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-10 Minutes What is advocacy and who can be an effective advocate?
10-20 Minutes Advocacy Process and Tools in Hearing Healthcare
20-30 Minutes Federal and State Laws and Regulations of Interest to Hearing Health
30-45 Minutes 2021 ACI Alliance Advocacy Issues
45-55 Minutes Case Studies
55-60 Minutes Summary, Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Donna Sorkin: Financial: Donna Sorkin is employed by the American Cochlear implant Alliance. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Donna Sorkin has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Nichole Westin: Financial: Nichole Westin is employed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Nichole Westin has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance in partnership with AudiologyOnline.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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American Academy of Audiology

American Academy of Audiology

AudiologyOnline is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.1 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

Intermediate Level

British Academy of Audiology

British Academy of Audiology

This course has been accredited with 1 CPD point/s by the British Academy of Audiology.

Canadian Academy of Audiology

Canadian Academy of Audiology

The Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) supports and assists its members in the attainment of continuing education towards an individual professional development plan as required by their Provincial Regulatory Colleges and Provincial Associations. Audiology Online is an approved provider of educational activities for CAA members. Each hour of activity may be counted as one Continuous Learning Activity Credit (or equivalent) as allowed by the applicable regulatory college or association.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

continued, LLC, DBA AudiologyOnline, is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). continued complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, continued is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. continued, LLC, is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

International Hearing Society

International Hearing Society

This program is approved by the International Hearing Society and its educational committee, the International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies. To learn more about earning IHS CE Credit, click here.

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Approved for 1 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Audiologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number LTS-S0035.

New Zealand Audiological Society

New Zealand Audiological Society

This course is offered for 1.0 Continuing Education points through the New Zealand Audiological Society.

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with AudiologyOnline. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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