Survey of Audiologists and Cerumen Management PurposeCerumen management (CM) is within the scope of practice of audiology, and the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) is now the entry-level degree for persons practicing the profession. However, little recent information is available about whether and how CM is presently being taught in AuD programs or even if and how ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   June 01, 2013
Survey of Audiologists and Cerumen Management
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carole E. Johnson
    Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Jeffrey L. Danhauer
    University of California Santa Barbara
  • Emma N. Rice
    Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Sarah Kate Fisher
    Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Correspondence to Carole E. Johnson: carole-johnson@ouhsc.edu
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Practice Management / Professional Issues & Training / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   June 01, 2013
Survey of Audiologists and Cerumen Management
American Journal of Audiology, June 2013, Vol. 22, 2-13. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/12-0032)
History: Received June 17, 2012 , Accepted September 19, 2012
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2013, Vol. 22, 2-13. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/12-0032)
History: Received June 17, 2012; Accepted September 19, 2012
Web of Science® Times Cited: 3

PurposeCerumen management (CM) is within the scope of practice of audiology, and the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) is now the entry-level degree for persons practicing the profession. However, little recent information is available about whether and how CM is presently being taught in AuD programs or even if and how audiologists are currently practicing CM. This study surveyed audiologists about their training for, experience with, opinions about, and practices involving CM.

MethodA questionnaire was designed for this study and was e-mailed with a link to Surveymonkey.com in April and May 2011 to 1,575 audiologists with AuD degrees, randomly sampled from the American Academy of Audiology's membership directory.

ResultsThe return rate was 29% (447 returned). Overall, 69% of these audiologists performed CM compared to only 29% reported in earlier studies. More audiologists in private practice (87%) performed CM than those in medical settings (65%). Almost half (48%) of the audiologists who had completed residential AuD programs believed that their training programs inadequately prepared them to perform CM.

ConclusionMore audiologists are performing CM than in the past. The respondents reported that they were inadequately trained in CM and believed that educational programs need to improve their coverage of CM.

Acknowledgments
The authors acknowledge Christy Lynch Bell, Martha Wilson, Jeffrey Tatum Danhauer, Kimberly J. Danhauer, Rachel A. Smith, and Claire Umeda for their comments on early drafts of the questionnaire and this manuscript.
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