Editorial  |   December 2006
Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Prevention Initiatives: Partnerships for Success
 
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  • Anthony T. Cacace
    American Journal of Audiology
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Hearing Disorders
Editorial   |   December 2006
Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Prevention Initiatives: Partnerships for Success
American Journal of Audiology, December 2006, Vol. 15, 99-100. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2006/011)
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2006, Vol. 15, 99-100. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2006/011)
Current trends in health care policy have emphasized the need to minimize disability and optimize overall health and fitness of individuals. Based on labor statistics and shifts in job demographics since the early 1900s, evidence that the fitness of an individual be defined in terms of one’s communication skills is an undeniable and distinct reality in today’s job market. As a consequence, disorders that adversely affect communication abilities represent a potential economic liability as well as a public health concern. When viewed together, the ability to hear, use language, and communicate with others assails all boundaries of race, culture, geography, and nation status and represents one of the primary vehicles for success in the 21st century (Olusanya, Ruben, & Parving, 2006; Ruben, 2000).
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