July 11, 2006 Issue


Audiology in Brief


Blast Injury Basics
A guide to the effects of blast injury and their impact on communication.

One Soldier's Story
Steve Cobb felt that the Lakeview Virginia NeuroCare intensive, community re-entry rehabilitation program was the best thing that happened to him in recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Blast-Related Ear Injury in Current U.S. Military Operations
Hazardous noise exposure is the greatest that it has been in the U.S. military in over 35 years.

A New Kind of Patient for Speech-Language Pathologists
SLPs are members of the core polytrauma team and have standing orders to assess cognitive-communication and swallowing shortly after admission and then to treat patients.

Blast Injuries

Rep. Neugebauer Helps With Screening in Texas
Rep. Randy Neugebauer was instrumental in organizing a free hearing screening at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as part of Better Hearing and Speech Month. *Audiology*

State Association Leaders Gather in Oregon for Policy Workshop, State President's Meeting
State leaders gathered in Oregon for ASHA’s annual State Policy Workshop and the Council of State Association Presidents meeting.

MedPAC Cites Need for SLP Provider Numbers, Reviews ASHA Assessment Tool
A Medicare commission has recognized the importance of a Medicare provider number for speech-language pathologists and reviewed an assessment tool developed by ASHA.

Cognitive Rehabilitation Denial Overturned
In a precedent-setting reimbursement victory, an independent review organization has overturned a BlueCross BlueShield of Montana denial for cognitive rehabilitation services.


Sniffs, Gasps, and Coughs
Speech-language pathologists are successfully applying behavioral methods to reduce or eliminate chronic coughing and paradoxical vocal fold motion.