This presentation enables audiologists to better serve their patients by promoting a transition from (a) thinking of the ear as an isolated sensory organ and hearing / hearing loss as an isolated sensory impairment to (b) understanding that what happens in the ear just does not happen only in the ear, but can be indicative of other disease processes underway in the body and that (c) untreated hearing impairment is associated with poorer treatment outcomes in health care, adverse brain health in the patient, deterioration in emotional health, and impairment in quality of life for the patient and family.
As a result of this course, participants will be able to …
- Recall the criteria for a chronic disease and the most significant comorbid diseases in the population.
- Comprehend ‘odds ratio’ and apply odds ratio data in evaluating the significance of chronic diseases with respect to hearing loss.
- Analyze the patient’s health records (case history) for the presence of comorbid chronic diseases that are of importance in the treatment of the audiology patient.
- Recognize symptoms of cognitive impairment and utilize information on cognitive status in treatment plans for auditory rehabilitation.
- Recognize symptoms of depressive disorders in the audiology patient, screen for depressive disorders, and as appropriate, refer for depressive disorders.
Comorbidities and Collaborative Care in the Audiology Patient
Dr. Bray is employed as an Assistant Professor at Salus University Osborne College of Audiology, teaching Au.D. courses in Hearing Technologies, Geriatrics, Ethics, Professional Issues, and Personal & Professional Development. His prior jobs include Dean of the Osborne College of Audiology, Vice President and Chief Audiology Officer for Sonic Innovations, Director of Clinical Research for ReSound Corporation, and Director of Audiology for the Austin (Texas) Ear Clinic.
Dr. Bray’s research interests include technologies for persons with hearing loss, comorbidities associated with hearing loss, and the audiology professional transformation process and his most recent publications have been on diabetes, on comorbidities, and on depression. Dr. Bray is active in professional service, including holding leadership positions in the National Academies of Practice and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.