Audiology in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (0.1 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs)
Presenter(s): Kathy Dowd, AuD
CEUs: 0.1 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs
Duration: 60 minutes
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge
State and federal laws in the United States mandate hearing services for residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. The incidence of hearing loss and risk of falls is great in this population due to high numbers of chronic diseases, trauma, and medications that affect both hearing and balance. This webinar will describe the important processes to initiate hearing health-care services, and serve residents to help them communicate, socialize, and enjoy a better quality of life.
1. Discuss how to initiate hearing health-care services in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
2. Identify important processes that will help residents of these facilities communicate, socialize, and experience a better quality of life.
Kathy Dowd, AuD
Dr. Kathy Dowd, AuD received her undergraduate degree in French Education from Spalding University and a Masters in Audiology from University of Louisville and Clinical Doctorate from Salus University. Her background in Audiology over the past 42 years is in educational audiology at local and state levels, private practice, ENT and proprietary clinics. For the past ten years, Dr. Dowd has worked to raise the awareness of chronic disease and ototoxic medications causing hearing loss by instructing diabetes educators, optometrists and audiologists nationally about this silent unmet medical need. In 2021 her advocacy efforts moved the Centers for Disease Control to recommend a baseline hearing test at the time of diagnosis and annually thereafter. Dr. Dowd is heading the advocacy and collaboration with Audiology organizations on clinical guidelines for patient care in the area of chronic and infectious diseases.
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