American Board of Audiology Appoints Steering Group to Define Contemporary Audiology Practice

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Steering Group to lead development of a Practice Analysis in Audiology (PA-AuD) that will provide an understanding of current professional practice that is clear, comprehensive, and meets the needs of today’s audiology profession.

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The ABA focuses on ensuring that audiologists have the depth of knowledge needed to provide quality hearing care services.

The American Board of Audiology® (ABA) has appointed a select group of practitioners in the field of audiology to lead the development of a Practice Analysis in Audiology (PA-AuD) that will provide an understanding of current professional practice that is clear, comprehensive, and meets the needs of today’s audiology profession. Members of the PA-AuD Steering Group are charged with appointing the PA-AuD Task Force of thought leaders, educators, employers, academicians and other stakeholders who will create the description of today’s audiology practice. To work with the steering group and task force, the ABA recently chose PES as its partner in developing the job-task analysis for the profession to provide a solid framework for audiology programs.

“We continue to focus on ensuring that audiologists have the depth of knowledge needed to provide quality hearing care services, and this practice analysis will help us define the requirements that a highly skilled audiologist must hold to be an effective practitioner,” said Torryn P. Brazell, ABA managing director. “This steering group will lead our practice analysis as we move toward providing a foundational base from which audiology programs can design and build effective educational and credentialing programs.”

The steering committee includes the following members:

E. Kimberly Barry, AuD, is chief of audiology and speech pathology service at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. She has been in the field of audiology for over 30 years and is a member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology. Barry holds the ABA board certified in audiology credential.

Melanie Herzfeld, AuD, PASC, is a private practitioner based in Michigan and has served on the ABA Board of Governors as well as on committees for the American Academy of Audiology. She also has served as a subject matter expert for the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC®) program. Herzfeld holds the ABA board certified in audiology and pediatric audiology specialty certification credentials.

Gail M. Whitelaw, PhD, PASC, is the director of the Ohio State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She has served in leadership positions on behalf of the profession on both the state and national levels, including as chair of the ABA Board of Governors and president of both the Ohio Academy of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology. She holds the ABA board certified in audiology and pediatric audiology specialty certification credentials.

Torryn P. Brazell, MS, CAE, is the managing director of the ABA. As a credentialing practitioner, she manages the development, launch, and maintenance of certification programs from concept to body of knowledge creation, implementation, practice, and re-certification.

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About the American Board of Audiology® (ABA)
An autonomous credentialing organization, the ABA is dedicated to enhancing audiological services to the public by promulgating universally recognized standards in professional practice. The ABA encourages audiologists to exceed these prescribed standards, thereby promoting a high level of professional development and ethical practice.

In addition to the board certified in audiology designation, the ABA offers two opportunities for audiologists to earn specialty credentials that showcase their knowledge and expertise in the field. The Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC®) credential testifies to audiologists’ expertise in pediatric audiology and demonstrates to colleagues, other healthcare providers, patients, and employers that they have acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of pediatric audiology and are the best option for treating children with audio-vestibular disorders and hearing loss. The Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC®) testifies to audiologists’ expertise in all areas of cochlear implant knowledge, including expectations, surgical considerations, device operation, and rehabilitation.

This year, the ABA is offering examinations in pediatric audiology, as well as cochlear implants, on April 7 in Anaheim, CA, and October 5 at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH. To apply for ABA board certification or a specialty certification, visit http://www.americanboardofaudiology.org or contact Keri Murphy, Senior Manager, Credentialing and Compliance, at 703-226-1057, kmurphy(at)audiology(dot)org.

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