From the Journals: More Audiologists Performing Cerumen Management Cerumen management is on the rise among audiologists, according to survey results published in the June 2013 issue of the American Journal of Audiology. But respondents also reported that they were not trained adequately enough in cerumen management, and believe that educational programs need to improve ... From the Journals
From the Journals  |   October 01, 2013
From the Journals: More Audiologists Performing Cerumen Management
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From the Journals   |   October 01, 2013
From the Journals: More Audiologists Performing Cerumen Management
The ASHA Leader, October 2013, Vol. 18, 34. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ1.18102013.34
The ASHA Leader, October 2013, Vol. 18, 34. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ1.18102013.34
Cerumen management is on the rise among audiologists, according to survey results published in the June 2013 issue of the American Journal of Audiology. But respondents also reported that they were not trained adequately enough in cerumen management, and believe that educational programs need to improve their coverage of the subject.
Cerumen management is within the scope of practice of audiology, and the audiology doctorate is now the entry-level clinical degree. However, there is little recent information about whether and how cerumen management is being taught in AuD programs—or even if and how audiologists are currently practicing cerumen management. This study surveyed audiologists about their training for, experience with, opinions about and practices involving cerumen management.
Researchers designed and e-mailed a questionnaire to 1,575 audiologists with AuD degrees, randomly sampled from the American Academy of Audiology's membership directory. The return rate was 29 percent (447 returned). Overall, 69 percent of audiologists performed cerumen management, compared to only 29 percent reported in earlier studies. More audiologists in private practice (87 percent) performed cerumen management than those in medical settings (65 percent). Almost half (48 percent) of the audiologists who had completed residential AuD programs believed that their training programs inadequately prepared them to perform cerumen management.
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