The passage of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act in 2017, led to a recommendation of unbundling of professional services in the pricing of hearing aids. What will these changes mean for hearing healthcare professionals? How will it impact our current services? How will reimbursement be affected? What about the impact on patient satisfaction and outcomes? Ricketts will help answers these questions and share the latest data regarding a patient’s ability to self-diagnose, self-fit, and self-orient to amplification. Additionally, he will suggest a multi-layer service model that includes an individualized application of hearing aid technology.
1.0 Continuing Education Credit
ABOUT TODD A. RICKETTS, PHD
Todd Ricketts is a Professor and Vice Chair of Graduate Studies and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and provided over 300 presentations both nationally and internationally. He continues to pursue a very active federally and industry funded research program studying the interaction between hearing aids and other hearing assistive technologies, listening environment, and individual differences as they impact the listening and communication experience. In addition, current work also focuses on enhancing cost-effectiveness and efficiency in hearing health care while maintaining high quality. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), past Editor of Trends in Amplification and the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, and a past member of the American Academy of Audiology board of directors. He is currently vice-chair of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) S3 (Bioacoustics) committee. He is also a current member of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiologists (ICRA). In addition to his research and service, Todd teaches and mentors students at Vanderbilt.