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The challenge of disrupting the hearing care market in the USA

Barry Freeman, an Audiology Consultant of extensive global experience, examines the business model of hearing care service delivery in America. He discusses the challenges the profession has faced, and proposes some food for thought on learning from other health care...

Pathways for becoming an audiologist in the USA: Part 2. Academic and licensure requirements today

Part 1 of this topic is available here. Professor Hall reviews current requirements for practising audiology in the USA; audiologists must have a Doctor of Audiology degree from an accredited university programme and a licence in the state where they...

Pathways for becoming an audiologist in the USA Part 1: the early years

Part 2 of this topic is available here. The Doctor of Audiology degree is required for clinical practice in the USA. In part one of a two-part series, Professor Hall reviews the evolution of academic credentialing for American audiologists, beginning...

The big ask – maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit in academic facial plastic surgery in the USA

en·tre·pre·neur, noun a person who organises and operates a business and who has qualities of leadership, initiative and innovation. In the United States, facial plastic surgery (FPS) services are divided among private and academic practices. The vast majority of academic...

Seeking medical attention with tonsillectomy complications depends on who you are. Lessons from the USA

In the current UK model, NHS care is free at point of access so there are no perceived economic barriers to seeking attention with postoperative complications. This study from the US examines surgical and emergency room databases from across California,...

Matthew Yung and Chris Raine Travelling Scholarship to Little Rock, USA

Report by: Emma Stapleton, Consultant Otolaryngologist and Skull Base Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Royal Hospital, UK I was delighted to be awarded one of the 2019 Matthew Yung and Chris Raine Travelling Scholarships, to visit John Dornhoffer in...

Hearing Aid Dispensing Training Manual

The Hearing Aid Dispensing Training Manual is primarily designed to support those sitting their State Hearing Aid Dispensing practical exams in the US. The book is easy to read, comprehensive and logical in its approach to supporting those sitting their...

Neuromod establishes US subsidiary and appoints Eric Timm as US Chief Executive Officer

Neuromod Devices Ltd, the Irish medical device company which specialises in neuromodulation technologies, has announced the establishment of Neuromod USA Inc., a subsidiary headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Botulinum toxin and drooling – how much, how often and where?

This was an incredibly useful article covering all aspects of the use of botulinum toxin as a treatment modality in sialorrhoea. The article starts by outlining why treating sialorrhoea is important and describes the non-pharmacological and pharmacological options, highlighting that...

Clinical assessment in OSA

This paper divides the assessment up into anatomical (nasal and oropharyngeal), endoscopic and imaging. It points out the salient features to look out for in OSA patients with regards the nasal valve and also oropharyngeal anatomy, with tonsil hypertrophy grading...

Hypoglossal stimulation for OSA

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a highly effective treatment for moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), but suffers significantly from poor patient adherence. This paper reports the three-year outcomes of a prospective multicentre cohort study examining the effect of hypoglossal...

Audiology training in South Africa

There are many different ways to become an audiologist throughout the world and it is interesting to see how different some of the training routes can be. Dr Cherilee Rutherford, a lecturer in audiology at the University of Cape Town,...