September 25: Federal, State and Local Advocacy for Audiology Management of Diabetes (0.1 CEUs)
Federal, State and Local Advocacy for Audiology Management of Diabetes
September 25, 2018, 12:30 -1:30 pm ET
Presenter: Kathryn Dowd, AuD
CEUs: 0.1 CEUs
Duration: 60 Minutes
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge
Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web Seminar will be able to:
- Describe 2 reasons for diabetes related hearing loss
- List 3 issues in diabetes related risk of falls
- Discuss the targets and processes for federal, state and local advocacy
The issue of audiology management of diabetes related hearing loss and balance problems was unknown to the Centers for Disease Control in 2011 when they were first contacted. Although CDC acknowledged the comorbidity within months of being contacted and receiving research confirming the link, it was not until 2016 that they would recommend persons with diabetes receive a hearing test. Even then, CDC was concerned about using the word ‘audiology’ due to it being ‘foreign’ to many patients and providers. With these issues now behind us, The Audiology Project (TAP) has been instructed to provide educational materials for use by CDC and National Diabetes Education Program for professional and patient care. Audiologists must understand the issue in order to reach out to federal, state and local medical professionals and educate them on the critical need for a baseline audiology evaluation at the time of diabetes diagnosis and ongoing monitoring and treatment as necessary.
Dr. Kathy Dowd, AuD received her undergraduate BA in French Education from Spalding University, MEd in Audiology from University of Louisville and AuD from Salus University. In the last few years Dr. Kathy Dowd has worked to raise the awareness of chronic disease and ototoxic medications and the comorbid impact on hearing loss and risk of falls. Her work on this emerging issue in Audiology has focused on diabetes educators, state agencies for chronic disease, hearing loss and fall prevention, as well as federal agencies such as Centers for Disease Control and Healthy People. Dr. Dowd is presently the executive director of The Audiology Project, a nonprofit organization working with national audiology professional organizations to define a medical management model of audiological care for diabetes and other chronic and infectious diseases.