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AudiologyNOW! 2015: The Diagnostically Valuable Yet Underutilized Acoustic Reflex: New Perspectives on an Old Test (.1 CEUs)

Recorded On: 05/07/2015

The Diagnostically Valuable Yet Underutilized Acoustic Reflex: New Perspectives on an Old Test

Recorded March 27, 2015 at AudiologyNOW 2015

Duration: 1 hour

Presenter: James W. Hall III, PhD

CEUs: .1

Who Should Attend: Clinical audiologists providing diagnostic audiology services to children or adults

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus:
Knowledge

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web seminar will be able to:

  1. Describe the acoustic reflex pathways
  2. List four clinical advantages of acoustic reflex measurement
  3. Identify the value of recording the acoustic reflex in four different patient populations

Description: The acoustic reflex is an objective test unaffected by listener variables like age, sleep, language, motivation, and cognitive status.Requiring little patient cooperation and only a few minutes to record, the acoustic reflex is a sensitive index of dysfunction involving the middle ear, cochlea, portions of the 8th and 7th cranial nerves, and pathways within the brainstem. Most audiologists have instrumentation for recording the acoustic reflex, yet few regularly apply this diagnostically powerful tool. This eAudiology Web seminar provides a practical and evidence-based review of acoustic reflex measurements and clinical applications. Billing codes for acoustic reflex measurement are also discussed.

James W. Hall III, PhD received a Bachelor's degree in biology from American International College, a Masters degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine. Since then, he has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers and also maintained a clinical practice, participated in funded research, and served as a clinical instructor and mentor to Doctor of Audiology students. He now holds an appointment as Professor at Salus University, Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Dr. Hall's major clinical and research interests are clinical electrophysiology, auditory processing disorders, tinnitus/hyperacusis, and audiology applications of tele-health. He regularly lectures internationally on these topics. Dr. Hall is the author of over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, or book chapters, and eight textbooks including Introduction to Audiology Today.

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