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Cerumen Management - Methods, Techniques, and Regulations (.2 CEUs)

Recorded On: 12/17/2015

Cerumen Management - Methods, Techniques, and Regulations

Recorded Thursday, December 17, 2015

Duration: Two hours

Presenter: Samuel N. Bittel, AuD

CEUs: .2

Who Should Attend: Practicing audiologists, audiology students

Instructional Level: Introductory
Program Focus: Knowledge and Skills

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

  1. Define their state regulations related to cerumen removal
  2. Describe appropriate infection control related to cerumen removal
  3. Demonstrate proper technique for removing cerumen
  4. Identify the needed tools for cerumen removal

Description: Cerumen removal is a needed skill set in the modern audiology clinic. It is a necessary step prior to otoscopic examination of the tympanic membrane, diagnostic testing, ear mold impression taking, and hearing aid fitting. As the entry point for hearing and vestibular healthcare, audiologists should be well versed and comfortable with this procedure. This eAudiology Web seminar will cover the basics of cerumen removal. We will discuss state regulations related to cerumen removal, infection control, needed tools, proper technique, billing/reimbursement, documentation, and managing potential complications. Participants will gain the groundwork and insight that is needed prior to being competent with cerumen removal.

Bittel picture 2.jpgSamuel N. Bittel, AuD specialized in vestibular anatomy, physiology, diagnostics and treatment during his two-year residential training at the American Institute of Balance and the National Balance Centers. He earned his doctorate of audiology degree from Nova Southeastern University and is involved with the University of Kansas Medical Center as an adjunct assistant professor in the neurology and audiology departments. He teaches the doctoral audiology vestibular course, and lectures to neurology residents and fellows on electrophysiology and vestibular evaluation/treatment. He also serves in leadership roles with national and regional professional audiology societies.

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