Progress Report: 2018 and Beyond
Since September 28, 2016 when the three Audiology professional organizations (ASHA, AAA and ADA) met to discuss the need for clinical guidelines, The Audiology Project has been hard at work discussing and creating these guidelines. The focus is to work with the Centers for Disease Control, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Pharmacy, Optometry and expert Audiologists to determine best practices and recommendations. We are following the process provided by the CDC that other allied health organizations took to create educational materials for use by primary care physicians, diabetes educators and allied health professionals.
The Audiology Project design impact includes:
White paper implications for audiology diagnosis, treatment and management (publication underway)
One page directive to CDC on diabetic ear disease (CDC approval TBA)
Recruit audiologists from each state to spearhead a state advocacy cohort (more joining everyday)
Contact state plan coordinators of healthy people 2020 plans (the new 2030 plans will begin development in 2018, happening now)
State level Institute of Medicine offices, integral for PCP and IM and endocrinology collaboration
State level meetings with AOA, AADE, DHHS, pharmacy, podiatry, dentistry to partner on PPOD collaboration.
Local educational forums on diabetic ear disease with medical societies
Proposed time table from 2017:
Year 1 - Develop structure of state cohorts and local plan: who, what, when, where, how
Year 2 - Begin collaboration and partnerships with medical and allied healthcare providers
Year 3 - Mentor state audiology cohorts just beginning to start programs