Education and Training Background of Audiologists in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hyperacusis
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Doctor of Audiology Capstone Projects. 2013
The aim of the present study was to determine the academic and clinical training background of practicing audiologists on the assessment and treatment of hyperacusis. Two hundred and sixty-one subjects selected from the American Academy of Audiology membership database responded to a 28-item research survey. Questions targeted the education and training that practicing audiologists received both during and after their graduate academic career in the areas of hyperacusis and tinnitus. Subjects were contacted two times via electronic mail asking for voluntary participation. Results showed agreement among respondents that hyperacusis was a part of the audiology scope of practice; however, few respondents were actually "confident" in addressing hyperacusis issues with their patients. The results of the present study support a need for an increase of education, research, and resultant continuing education opportunities for students and audiologists in the area of hyperacusis.