Evidence-Based Audiology A recent review of survey data on the practice patterns of audiologists revealed that many audiologists use assessment tests and procedures that are not supported by the available evidence (Wiley, Stoppenbach, Feldhake, Moss, & Thordardottir, 1995). The practice procedures used by audiologists to select and evaluate amplification devices in children ... Viewpoint
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Evidence-Based Audiology
 
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  • Fred H. Bess, PhD
    Vanderbilt School of Medicine and the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center, 1114 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212
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Hearing Disorders / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Viewpoint
Viewpoint   |   July 01, 1995
Evidence-Based Audiology
American Journal of Audiology, July 1995, Vol. 4, 5. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0402.05
 
American Journal of Audiology, July 1995, Vol. 4, 5. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0402.05
A recent review of survey data on the practice patterns of audiologists revealed that many audiologists use assessment tests and procedures that are not supported by the available evidence (Wiley, Stoppenbach, Feldhake, Moss, & Thordardottir, 1995). The practice procedures used by audiologists to select and evaluate amplification devices in children are also contrary to contemporary clinical evidence. No systematic procedure exists for determining and fitting the appropriate type of hearing aid for the pediatric population (Hedley-Williams, Tharpe, & Bess, in press).
In the past, few would question the clinical procedures and decisions made by audiologists. In the future, however, as we strive to reduce the overall costs in health care without compromising quality, audiologists will need to place greater emphasis on scientific evidence to support a given procedure or management strategy.
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