Survey of Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Training in Outer and Middle Ear Screening Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine the national training practices of speech-language pathology graduate programs in outer and middle ear screening. Method Directors of all American Speech-Language-Hearing Association–accredited speech-language pathology graduate programs (N = 254; Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, 2013) ... Research Note
Research Note  |   August 01, 2015
Survey of Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Training in Outer and Middle Ear Screening
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Yula C. Serpanos
    Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
    Long Island Doctor of Audiology Consortium (Adelphi, Hofstra, and St. John's Universities)
  • Deborah Senzer
    Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
    Long Island Doctor of Audiology Consortium (Adelphi, Hofstra, and St. John's Universities)
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Yula C. Serpanos: serpanos@adelphi.edu
  • Editor: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Associate Editor: Rebecca McCauley
    Associate Editor: Rebecca McCauley×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Research Notes
Research Note   |   August 01, 2015
Survey of Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Training in Outer and Middle Ear Screening
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2015, Vol. 24, 561-565. doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0216
History: Received December 30, 2014 , Revised March 26, 2015 , Accepted May 25, 2015
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2015, Vol. 24, 561-565. doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0216
History: Received December 30, 2014; Revised March 26, 2015; Accepted May 25, 2015

Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine the national training practices of speech-language pathology graduate programs in outer and middle ear screening.

Method Directors of all American Speech-Language-Hearing Association–accredited speech-language pathology graduate programs (N = 254; Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, 2013) were surveyed on instructional formats in outer and middle ear screening.

Results The graduate speech-language pathology program survey yielded 84 (33.1%) responses. Results indicated that some programs do not provide any training in the areas of conventional screening otoscopy using a handheld otoscope (15.5%; n = 13) or screening tympanometry (11.9%; n = 10), whereas close to one half (46.4%; n = 39) reported no training in screening video otoscopy. Outcomes revealed that approximately one third or more of speech-language pathology graduate programs do not provide experiential opportunities in screening handheld otoscopy (36.9%) or tympanometry (32.1%), and most (78.6%) do not provide experiential opportunities in video otoscopy.

Conclusions The implication from the graduate speech-language pathology program survey findings is that some speech-language pathologists will graduate from academic programs without the acquired knowledge or experiential learning required to establish skill in 1 or more areas of screening otoscopy and tympanometry. Graduate speech-language pathology programs should consider appropriate training opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate skill in outer and middle ear screening.

Acknowledgment
The authors thank Kimberly Zurla, a student of the Long Island Doctor of Audiology program, for her assistance with the distribution of the graduate program survey.
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