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  • 05 Dec 2013 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Map credit:  http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage

    Source:  Purdue SLHA Newsletter, Volume 13

     

    Zambia is a big country with only one audiologist. Purdue Alum Alfred Mwamba went back to his homeland to practice audiology, and this May, Professors Lata Krishnan and Jennifer Simpson took our first class of 12 students to Zambia. The Zambia experience was the most exciting time of their lives during the inaugural SLHS Study Abroad program called simply “SLHS in Zambia”! After more than 18 months of planning and preparation including an exploratory trip to Zambia in June 2012, Clinical Professors Krishnan and Simpson provided classes and hands-on labs at Purdue to orient and prepare students for the clinical activities planned. Finally, the group which included 8 undergraduate students and 4 graduate students departed the USA on May 17, 2013.

     

    While in Zambia, the team worked with multiple community partner organizations including Beit Cure Hospital, Special Hope Network, a non-profit organization that provides much-needed therapy services to children with intellectual disabilities, and Cheshire Homes, a non-profit organization that provides therapy and educational services to children with physical disabilities.  Undergraduate students who have never participated in clinical activities had the opportunity to provide hearing screenings and to assess hearing of children.  Graduate students appreciated their opportunity to see a large number of children (~450) with a variety of ear disorders in a short duration of time and also enjoyed mentoring the undergraduate students.  All students also had a great time meeting the group of students in Special Education from the University of Zambia and sharing a wonderful cultural exchange. Of course, all this service learning was interspersed with relaxing activities such as the weekend trip to see the mighty Victoria Falls and enjoy a safari as well as shorter half day trips to nearby parks.

     

    Overall, all 12 students said they learned more than they ever expected or imagined in the two weeks that we were in Zambia. For more information read our blog at http://slhsinzambia.wordpress.com/ which includes details of our daily activities and for updates like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/PurdueUniversitySlhsStudyAbroad
      

  • 04 Dec 2013 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    Photo credit:  jkozik at www.flickr.com/photos/8405842@N02

    Judith Page has been elected President-Elect of ASHA. She tells us “I‟m excited – and honored to have been elected. Thanks to Purdue for giving me a great start!!” Dr. Page received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, her master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and her Ph.D. from Purdue University.  She is an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky, served as program Director for Communication Sciences and Disorders for 17 years and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences for 10 years.  Prior to accepting an academic position, Dr. Page provided evaluations and intervention in a public school setting.  Her clinical, teaching, and research areas include research methods, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and language intervention strategies for individuals with complex communication needs.
     

    Source:  This is a repost from the Purdue SLHS Fall Newsletter, Volume 13

    SPECIAL NOTE:  Great News!  Dr. Page is a scheduled speaker at the 2014 ISHA Annual Convention!

  • 03 Dec 2013 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    Contact Congress Today!

    On November 13, 2013 Senators Harkin (D-IA) and Heller (R-NV) introduced the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act, S. 1694, in the Senate. This legislation provides a non-refundable $500 tax credit for the purchase of a hearing aid, or $1,000 if two are needed, once every five years. The legislation is not intended to cover the full cost of hearing aids, but to provide some measure of financial assistance to those who have the greatest need for these devices but are unable to afford them.

    This legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1317) on March 31st, 2013 by Representative Tom Latham (R-IA-3).

    For additional information, view ASHA’s Issue Brief on the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit or contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at ilusis@asha.org.

    To send a message to your US Senators and Representatives or to read the entire article, please click the following link: Contact Congress Today!

  • 02 Dec 2013 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    Ruth Ann Morrell with all the NSSLHA officers

    This week, Purdue’s Chapter of NSSLHA was honored to have Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s President Ruth Ann Morrell speak to us about what ISHA has to offer for students.  This was the first time our chapter had the opportunity to host Ms. Morrell; and although it has been free to join ISHA; students didn’t have a clear idea of what that entailed.  As a Purdue graduate, Ms. Morrell’s enthusiasm toward our students was through the roof and will inspire many of our members to join ISHA.  It was exciting to learn more about resources available through ISHA such as volunteering at the annual ISHA conference to weekly newsletters, and these resources are ever-growing.  Ms. Morrell was ecstatic to hear what needs the students have, such as education about passing the GRE and Praxis exam, and how students like us can become more involved.  She also translated well why it’s important to remain involved in ISHA beyond graduation. Personally, a big takeaway from her presentation was how we as Speech-Pathologists and Audiologist can be advocates for ourselves through government legislation. We all strive to be advocates for those with communication disorders, and it is just as important to take action and become advocates for the profession itself, so our scope of practice keeps its dignity and the community is well served. Overall, Ms. Morrell also inspired us to continue to work as a team of students and professionals, but as Speech-Pathologists and Audiologists as well; providing the needs, the community as well as the profession, needs to strive brightly into the future.

    This blog was written and submitted by Rachel Platt, Purdue University NSSLHA Corresponding Secretary. 

  • 26 Nov 2013 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    Published on Monday, 18 November 2013 16:44

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released on November 7 a draft Guidance Document that, when finalized, is designed to further clarify the regulatory distinctions between hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). The original language defining PSAPs by the Agency was issued in its February 2009 Guidance for the Industry and FDA Staff.

    The latest Guidance document on hearing aids and PSAPs does not depart significantly from the definitions previously set forth by the FDA in 2009. The Agency regulates hearing aids as medical devices, while PSAPs are designed to enhance normal hearing rather than to address hearing loss and are therefore not subject to FDA regulation. However, the Agency in its original 2009 Guidance banned the marketing of PSAPs as hearing aids, with the intent to prohibit PSAP manufacturers from targeting hearing-impaired individuals.

    It would appear that the latest Guidance Document takes a tougher stance on those PSAP manufacturers that market their products to hearing-impaired consumers and use subtle (and not so subtle) references to their hearing loss. The Draft Guidance emphasizes that “FDA relies on the intended use of each product to determine whether it is a medical device or an electronic product.” The Agency lists a variety of potential claims and language that would establish an intended use as a medical device such as:

    · A description of the types and severity of hearing loss;

    · A description of listening situations that are typically associated with and indicative of hearing loss; and

    · Wording to suggest that the product is an alternative to a hearing aid.

    Specifically, the Guidance document defines hearing aids and PSAPs as:

    Hearing aids.Hearing aids are still defined by FDA as wearable sound amplification devices intended to compensate for a hearing loss, covering both air and bone conduction and essentially all styles of hearing aids (eg, BTEs, RICs, ITEs, CICs, etc). The Draft Guidance document describes the current three categories of Class I and Class II devices relative to premarket review and clearance prior to marketing the products:

    1) Class I devices which are all exempt from FDA premarket review and clearance;

    2) Class II devices that are exempt from premarket review and clearance;

    and

    3) Class II devices that require premarket review and clearance.

    The regulatory definition for generic hearing aids (air and bone conduction devices) falls under #1 above; wireless air-conduction hearing aids fall under #2 above, and have various special controls for items such as electromagnetic compatibility, design, labeling, etc; and systems like transcutaneous air conduction hearing aid systems fall into #3 above.

    The document describes how all hearing aids are subject to various FDA requirements, such as the currently established patient and professional labeling requirements (eg, provision of the User Instructional Brochure), the physicians’ statement of medical evaluation or waiver, and standard conditions of sale for dispensing professionals (eg, retaining records of medical evaluation statements and waivers for a 3-year period following the dispensing of an aid).

    PSAPs.The Draft Guidance document states that “PSAPs are intended to amplify environmental sound for non-hearing impaired consumers” and are not subject to FDA regulation. However, the document also goes on to say:

    “Examples of listening situations that are typically associated with and indicative of hearing loss include: difficulty listening to another person nearby, difficulty understanding conversations in crowded rooms, difficulty understanding movie dialogue in a theater, difficulty listening to lectures in an otherwise quiet room, difficulty hearing the phone or doorbell ring, or difficulty listening in situations in which environmental noise might interfere with speech intelligibility. Products making these or similar claims should not be considered PSAPs. In addition, products that are sold as an “over the counter” alternative or substitute for a hearing aid should not be considered PSAPs. Because PSAPs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate disease and do not alter the structure or function of the body, they are not devices as defined in the FD&C Act. As such, there is no regulatory classification, product code, or definition for these products. Furthermore, there are no requirements for registration of manufacturers or listing of these products with FDA.”

    PSAPs are not subject to the same regulations as hearing aids. However, PSAPs are subject to provisions in the 1968 Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act, and must report defects and adverse events and take other measures prescribed. They must also comply with requirements for repurchase, repair, or replacement of electronic products as set forth by 21 CFR Parts 1000, 1003, and 1004.

    Comment period.The document states that the Draft Guidance contains non-binding recommendations, but, when finalized, will represent its current thinking on the topic. Written comments and suggestions may be submitted to the Agency within 90 days of the announcement of the document in the Federal Registry (published November 7).

    FDA also publishes new Consumer Update. On November 6, the day before issuing the above described Draft Guidance document, FDA issued a Consumer Update titled “Hearing Loss Signals Need for Diagnosis” about the perils of delaying the diagnosis of a treatable or serious ear condition. The document covers why some hearing losses could be life threatening, the difference between hearing aids and PSAPs, and facts that consumers should be aware of before purchasing a hearing aid, including the difference between an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser, and other advice for seeking hearing help.

    Source:  http://www.hearingreview.com/all-news/22105-fda-issues-draft-document-for-clarifying-psap-descriptions-consumer-update-on-hearing-loss

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  • 22 Nov 2013 11:12 AM | Anonymous

     

    The Medicare outpatient therapy cap exceptions process expires on December 31, 2013. Without Congressional action, patients will be faced with a hard cap on outpatient therapy services in 2014. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Therapy Cap Coalitionundefineda group of almost 50 associations, organizations, and patient and consumer groupsundefinedare working together to prevent the therapy cap from going into effect, but we need your help!

     

    Congress has introduced a proposal to reform the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which does not include repealing the Medicare therapy cap. If Congress passes legislation addressing the SGR formula, but does not include a repeal of the Medicare therapy cap, it is likely that patients will face a hard cap on outpatient therapy services in 2014. Contact your members of Congress TODAY and ask them to include a full repeal of the Medicare therapy cap in the SGR reform legislation orundefinedat the very leastundefinedextend the exceptions process. Don’t let them forget about the beneficiaries and the harm that the Medicare therapy cap will cause!

     

    For more information on this issue, please visit ASHA’s Therapy Cap Advocacy Center or view ASHA’s issue brief on the Medicare Outpatient Therapy Cap. Please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at ilusis@asha.org with questions.

     

    Take Action Here

     

  • 05 Nov 2013 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    For the past fifteen years, the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department at Purdue University has been organizing the fall Crossroads Conference for students, Professors, Researchers, vendors, Speech-Pathologists and Audiologists to form a community of networking.  Anyone interested in the pressing issues and most recent research in the field of Speech-Pathology and Audiology may attend, and is a great opportunity for all attending to learn from one another.  Professors and Researchers from across the nation counsel one another; vendors are able to promote their products such as Varibar, and employment companies such as Theracare collect contact information from eager graduate students.

     

    Networking in between lectures

    The Crossroads Committee and Undergraduate students play a big role in the planning and success this conference.  “The hardest part was coordinating all the volunteers, but we got a big response from our undergraduates and volunteer spots filled up in one day” Purdue Undergraduate NSSLHA President Courtney Wisher noted, who played a big role in planning the conference. 

     

     

    NSSLHA officers from left to right:

    Recording Secretary Hillary Greeson, President Courtney Wisher, Webmaster Erin Boyle,

    Corresponding Secretary Rachel Platt (myself), Vice President Rebecca Henaghan

     

    NSSLHA officers from left to right:

    Historian Jessica Tolle and Treasurer Rachel Morrow

    The conference is a great opportunity for all undergraduates in the major to get their foot in the door and interact with professionals in the field.  Vice president Rebecca Henaghan said that “the cool thing about crossroads is that people from all over the United States attend; you realize how large and influential our field is.”

     

    As an undergraduate student, it is easy to get caught up in GPA and GRE scores and applying to graduate school.  The Crossroads Conference is a reminder of what we are working so hard for: a rewarding and growing field and the ability to brighten the lives of those with hearing and language disorders.  It is also an affirmation of what we are learning in our academic classes.   For me it was satisfying listening to Dr. Sumitrajit Dhar lecture on Otoacoustic Emissions theory and practice when I had just learned how to use this technology in my Introduction to Assessment Audiology class.

     

    The Crossroads Conference is a forum of not only shared information and opportunities, but of passion for the field.  The inspiration from the students, faculty, and presenters alike is why this conference has been such a success and why it should be continued for years to come.

     

    This blog was written and submitted by Rachel Platt, Purdue University NSSLHA Corresponding Secretary. 

     

  • 04 Nov 2013 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    The EHDI E-mail Express, which is a monthly eNewsletter developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), is now available at www.islha.org under the resources tab. The EHDI Express contains information about EHDI resources, upcoming events, and current clinical research.

    Dr. Luis F. Escobar is the American Academy of Pediatrics Indiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Chapter Champion. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Escobar with any questions. He can be reached by e-mail to lfescoba@stvincent.org.

  • 01 Nov 2013 1:58 PM | Anonymous

                   Michael R. Pence
                                       Governor

    Nicholas W. Rhoad
       Executive Director

     

    Current Speech Pathologist and Audiologist licenses expire December 31, 2013

     Renew Online Now!

    Online Renewal

    • Our online renewal service is quick and available 24/7 with a credit or debit card (we accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover). 
    • Your license number is the login ID and your;password is the last 4 digits of your social security number.
    • The renewal fee is $105.57 per license ($100 renewal fee plus $5.57 in processing fees).
    • Please update your address, e-mail address, and phone number while you're there.
    • Name changes require submission of a copy of the legal name change document (marriage certificate, divorce decree, social security card) to this office via fax at (317)233-4236 or email at: renewal6@pla.in.gov.
    • The renewal will be processed and available for verification the next business day.

    License/Pocket Cards

     

    The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency no longer prints and mails license/pocket cards. After your license renewal has been processed, you may log back into our website at www.pla.in.gov , click on "License Express" on the top left bar, then click on "Order License Card" to order a license/pocket card.  You may print it for free, or you can order one to be mailed to you for a charge of $13.77.  Available online only.

    Late Fees

    If your online renewal or paper renewal is postmarked after December 31, 2013, a late fee of $50.00 will be assessed along with the online processing fees.  Please add to the payment making the total $156.57 (online) or $150.00 (by mail) after December 31, 2013.

    Renew by Mail

    Allow 4 weeks for mailing and processing.  To renew your license by mail please print the renewal form from our webpage http://www.in.gov/pla/speech.htm by selecting Renewals.  Please return the completed form with your check or money order in the amount of $100.00 payble to "Indiana Professional Licensing Agency".  If postmarked after 12/31/2013 the total will be $150.00.  The mailing address is on the paper form.

    Email Address

    Make sure yours is up-to-date.  Email is our preferred method of communication and you'll receive notifications quickly.

    Questions

    How can we help?  Contact us by email at renewal6@pla.in.gov or visit us at www.pla.in.gov. 

     


     

    "We're striving to cut red tape and remove barriers to practice to make Indiana a state that works!; Have ideas?; Please give us your suggestions at www.in.gov/cutredtape."

      -Nicholas W. Rhoad, Executive Director

     

  • 31 Oct 2013 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Photo credit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/domino4k/3048483633

     

    The latest proposed rule to reduce Medicaid reimbursement for this biennium, which runs through 6-30-15, is now posted at www.islha.org under the resources tab.  ISHA requests your thoughts and input.  Some of the provisions of LSA Document #13-422 that might apply to members are as follows:

    1.         Home health reimbursement is being reduced by 3%.

    2.         Outpatient hospital services are being reduced by 3%.

    3.         Various provisions regarding hearing aids are being
            modified as highlighted in the LSA Document #13-422

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