Minnesota Academy of Audiology
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PO Box 13732, St. Paul, MN, 55113-0732
Distance: 1114 Miles
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TN-5000.6500Physician/Surgeon Associations Definition
Organizations whose members are physicians who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in professional seminars and conferences, networking with their peers, subscribing to medical journals and other publications, and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development. Many physician associations set standards regarding the qualifications and performance of members, accept and investigate complaints from the public regarding the practices of members and maintain referral services through which residents who require the assistance of a medical doctor are referred to members.
YF-3200Hearing Loss Definition
A disruption in the normal hearing process that may occur in the outer, middle, or inner ear, which prevents sound waves from being converted to electrical signals and nerve impulses from being transmitted to the brain to be interpreted. Included are conductive hearing loss that results from abnormalities of the external ear and/or the ossicles of the middle ear; sensorineural hearing loss that results from malfunction of inner ear structures (i.e., cochlea); and central auditory dysfunction that results from damage or dysfunction at the level of the eighth cranial nerve, auditory brain stem, or cerebral cortex. Hearing loss may be present at birth (congenital) or become evident later in life (acquired); and may or may not preclude the normal development of language. The severity of hearing loss is measured in decibles (dB). The threshold or 0 dB mark for each frequency refers to the level at which typical young adults perceive a tone burst 50% of the time. Hearing is considered normal if an individual's thresholds are within 15 dB of normal thresholds. Severity of hearing loss is graded as mild (26-40 dB), moderate (41-55 dB), moderately severe (56-70 dB), severe (71-90 dB) and profound (90 dB).
Individuals who work with people who have hearing, balance and related ear problems. They examine individuals of all ages and identify those with the symptoms of hearing loss and other auditory, balance and related neural problems; assess the nature and extent of the problems; and help the individuals manage them. Using audiometers, computers and other testing devices, they measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, their ability to distinguish between sounds and the impact of hearing loss or balance problems on an individual's daily life. Audiologists interpret these results and may coordinate them with medical, educational and psychological information to make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment.