Patient Resources

Welcome to the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. We are a professional member organization, founded in 1977, serving audiology practitioners, students of audiology and consumers throughout the United States as well as internationally.

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology website offers consumers a variety of resources for learning about hearing loss, understanding the qualifications of audiologists, and understanding the services audiologists provide. If you are unable to find answers to your questions or if you need additional information, contact the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.

If you think you have a hearing loss and would like to discuss your concerns with an audiologist, use Audiologist Directory to locate a professional in your area.

Contact Your Congressional Representative Today and Urge Support for the Audiology Patient Choice Act

The Audiology Patient Choice Act is bi-partisan, common-sense legislation that, if enacted, will allow audiology patients with Medicare coverage to have the same access to audiology care that most Americans and all of Congress already have through private insurers.


Resources and Information for Patients and Audiologists

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults
Frank R. Lin, Kristine Yaffe, Jin Xia, Qian-Li Xue, Tamara B. Harris, Elizabeth Purchase-Helzner, Suzanne Satterfield, Hilsa N. Ayonayon, Luigi Ferrucci, Eleanor M. Simonsick
JAMA Internal Medicine Jan 21, 2013; doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1868.

Hearing Loss and Falls Among Older Adults in the United States
Frank R. Lin, MD, PhD; Luigi Ferrucci, MD, PhD, 2012

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Accessed May 31, 2013

Trends in the Otolaryngology Workforce in the U.S.
by Simon Neuwahl; Erin Fraher, MPP, PhD; Harold Pillsbury III, MD, FACS; Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS; Thomas Ricketts, MPH, PhD; and Katie Gaul
Volume 97, Number 3, Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons

Screening for Vestibular Disorders: A Study of Clinicians’ Compliance with Recommended Practices
Sharon Polensek, Claire Sterk, Ronald Tusa, 2008

Institute of Medicine: Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging
Highlights


Additional Resources

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology offers the following resources to consumers who wish to learn more about hearing loss. For questions specific to your hearing loss, contact your audiologist or use the "Find an Audiologist" tool to locate an audiologist in your area.

Hearing Loss: Awareness, Prevention, Research & Disease Deafness-Related Links Noise Protection National Support Groups/Non-Profit Assistance
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association
    International membership organization and resource center on hearing loss and spoken language approaches and related issues. Publishes and distributes books, brochures, instructional materials, videos, CDs, and audiocassettes related to hearing loss.
  • American Society for Deaf Children
    A non-profit organization whose purpose is providing support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing, also supporting full communication access, particularly through the competent use of sign language, in family homes, schools, and communities.
  • American Tinnitus Association
    A non-profit organization founded in 1971 whose mission is to promote relief, prevention, and the eventual cure of tinnitus for the benefit of present and future generations.
  • Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
    Non-profit organization providing emotional support and access to information to families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21.
  • Cued Speech Foundation
    Non-profit national membership organization providing support for the effective use of Cued Speech. Provides educational services, assists local affiliate chapters, establishes standards for Cued Speech and certifies Cued Speech instructors and transliterators. .
  • DeafZone
    A culmination of deafness-related resources, including American Sign Language, closed captioning, educational facilities, publications, etc.
  • Hearing Exchange
    An open forum of discussion of ideas and information related to hearing loss. Emphasis is placed on respecting all methods of communication.
  • Hearing Health Foundation
    Hearing Health Foundation is the largest private funder of hearing research, with a mission to prevent and cure hearing loss through groundbreaking research. Since 1958 Hearing Health Foundation has given over $27.8 million to hearing and balance research, including work that led to cochlear implant technology. In 2011 Hearing Health Foundation launched the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP), a consortium of scientists working on cell regeneration in the ear. HRP's goal is a biologic cure for most types of acquired hearing loss within the next ten years. Hearing Health Foundation also publishes Hearing Health magazine, a free consumer resource on hearing loss and related technology, research, and products. To learn more, to subscribe to our magazine, or support this work, visit www.hhf.org.
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
    A National association for individuals with hearing loss and their families, helping them learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life. HLAA bring consumers and policy makers together to learn about communication access at the national, state and local levels. HLAA's network includes a national office in Washington DC, 14 state organizations, and 200 local chapters.
  • Hip Magazine
    An award-winning magazine for deaf and hard-of-hearing kids (ages 9 - 14).
  • Hyperacusis Network
    Support group for individuals who have a collapsed tolerance to sound, providing information to the medical community about hyperacusis, recruitment and hyperacute hearing.
  • League for the Hard of Hearing
    Human services agency founded in 1910 serving infants, children, adults and seniors who are hard of hearing, deaf and deaf-blind, and their families. Facility locations: New York and Florida.
  • Little Baby Face Foundation
    A non-profit organization whose mission is to provide corrective surgery to children born with facial deformities, including microtia and atresia. Based in NYC, surgeons and medical providers volunteer their time to provide services and medical care to children who are in financial need worldwide.
Search Engines & Link Lists
  • Audiology Net
    An informational web site dedicated to providing annotated web site links in audiology for patients, family members, students, and healthcare providers.
  • Medline Plus
    Health information on diseases and conditions provided by the National Library of Medicine. Includes lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Libraries
    An extensive, up-to-date resource for deafness-related links, including information about sign language resources, audiology and hearing aids, cochlear implants, deaf-blindness, deaf culture, history and heritage, and so much more.
  • Healthy Hearing Library
    Search the library for hearing-related topics.
  • Audiology.com
    Audiology.com is the information gateway of the audiology community for consumers and the professionals that serve them. Come visit our online store, talk to experts, and research the latest technologies and products.
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