Audiologists from Maryland and Ohio Earn Prestigious Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification

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Two audiologists join growing group of professionals who hold the Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification credential from the American Board of Audiology

The CISC is a mark of professional distinction that will help potential patients to quickly and easily identify a specialty audiologist who can provide quality care.

The American Board of Audiology® (ABA) is pleased to announce that Nicole Kristen Nguyen, AuD, Beltsville, MD, and Sarah Ann Sydlowski, AuD, PhD, Cleveland, OH, recently earned the Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC®) credential.

Nguyen and Sydlowski join an exclusive group of 40 audiologists who hold the CISC, which testifies to their expertise in all areas of cochlear implant knowledge, including expectations, surgical considerations, device operation, and rehabilitation. The CISC was developed to standardize training and knowledge of CI audiologists, elevate professional standards in audiology, and recognize those professionals who have acquired specialized knowledge in the field of cochlear implants.

“The exclusive group of board certified audiologists who hold the CISC is growing, and we are thrilled to have Nguyen and Sydlowski join this elite group of specialists,” said Angela Pond, AuD, chair of the ABA Board of Governors. “The CISC is a mark of professional distinction that will help potential patients to quickly and easily identify a specialty audiologist who can provide quality care.”

To earn the CISC, a candidate must first submit an application verifying professional experience and education requirements. The successful applicant then must pass a challenging examination that covers eight cochlear implant knowledge domains: Candidacy Considerations, Counseling/Expectations, Surgical Considerations, Programming Principles/Speech Coding, Device Operation, Troubleshooting, Rehabilitation, and Outcomes. Only those who are able to achieve the designated examination score earn the CI credential. Once earned, the certification must be renewed every three years through 60 hours of continuing education, 30 of which must be specific to cochlear implants.

The ABA will offer another chance for audiologists to earn the CISC in October. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Ohio Academy of Audiology are hosting the CISC exam on October 5, 2013, in Cincinnati, OH. To apply for ABA board certification or a specialty certification, visit http://www.americanboardofaudiology.org or contact Keri Murphy, senior manager of credentialing and compliance, at 703-226-1057 or kmurphy(at)audiology(dot)org.

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About the American Board of Audiology®
An autonomous organization, the American Board of Audiology® (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. To help meet that goal, the ABA administers the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC®) and the Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC®), both of which are voluntary certification programs. These specialty certifications were created by and are administered by ABA certified audiologists.

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