Audiology Medical Management
The Audiology Project Story
The Audiology Project Story
On September 28, 2016 the three Audiology Organizations (ASHA, AAA and ADA) met to discuss the need for clinical guidelines and educational materials and resources for audiological management of chronic disease, starting with diabetes. The audiology organizations heard presentations from Centers for Disease Control, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Pharmacy, Optometry and expert Audiologists who explained the pathophysiological impact of diabetes on hearing and balance. CDC explained the process other allied health organizations took to create educational materials for use by
primary care physicians, diabetes educators and allied health professionals.
Now the work begins to create the framework of best practices and
standards of audiology medical management for patients with diabetes
and health professionals who help them navigate healthy lifestyles.
This work needs help from audiologists in every state. Join the Audiology Project as a volunteer and help raise awareness in the medical and allied healthcare professions!
The Audiology Project started with a family member's diagnosis of diabetes 5 years ago. When we tried to find information about taking care of hearing problems associated with diabetes, we realized no one knew about the research relating hearing and balance issues to chronic disease. Now Government agencies are recognizing the co morbidity of chronic disease and hearing/balance problems and the Audiology Project is committed to educating healthcare professionals about this invisible handicap. The Audiology Project is working with Audiology Organizations to develop educational materials and resources and initiate clinical guidelines for audiology medical management of hearing and balance evaluation and treatment.
Who are we talking to?
The people involved with taking care of patients with diabetes involve internal medicine, primary care, endochrinologists, certified diabetes educators, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry and dental professions. In addition, government agencies on the local, state and federal level are involved in learning more about Diabetic Ear Disease and the effects on hearing and balance. The Audiologist is the first stop for evaluating hearing and balance and to monitor effects over the long term. In addition, patients with diabetes are at higher risk for infection and pain, which leads to ototoxic and vestibulotoxic monitoring.
The Audiology Project and University training programs will ensure audiologists learn the causes of diabetes and other chronic diseases and how each disease impacts hearing differently. The Audiology Project will develop standards of audiological care and monitoring, including consideration of clinical standards for audiological care of patients with diabetes. Research on diabetes and hearing loss is international. Many new research ideas are already being proposed to extend knowledge in this critical 'invisible' field of hearing loss.