Audiology Service Models in a Family Physician Practice Setting This article illustrates the potential of placing audiology services in a family physician’s practice setting to increase referrals of geriatric and pediatric patients to audiologists. The primary focus of family practice physicians is the diagnosis/intervention of critical systemic disorders (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer). Hence concurrent hearing/balance disorders are likely ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2010
Audiology Service Models in a Family Physician Practice Setting
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  • Sridhar Krishnamurti
    Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
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Hearing Disorders / Balance & Balance Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2010
Audiology Service Models in a Family Physician Practice Setting
Perspectives on Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 6, 24-32. doi:10.1044/poa6.1.24
Perspectives on Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 6, 24-32. doi:10.1044/poa6.1.24

This article illustrates the potential of placing audiology services in a family physician’s practice setting to increase referrals of geriatric and pediatric patients to audiologists. The primary focus of family practice physicians is the diagnosis/intervention of critical systemic disorders (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer). Hence concurrent hearing/balance disorders are likely to be overshadowed in such patients. If audiologists get referrals from these physicians and have direct access to diagnose and manage concurrent hearing/balance problems in these patients, successful audiology practice patterns will emerge, and there will be increased visibility and profitability of audiological services. As a direct consequence, audiological services will move into the mainstream of healthcare delivery, and the profession of audiology will move further towards its goals of early detection and intervention for hearing and balance problems in geriatric and pediatric populations.

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