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Prevention Important to the Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist?
Prevention has been part of the audiology and speech-language pathology scopes of practice for many years. It is becoming increasingly important with managed care, medicare changes, and the cost of crisis intervention. As Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists involved in prevention activities, we can reduce the incidence of a new disorder or disease, identify disorders at an early stage, and also decrease the severity or impact of a disability associated with an existing disorder or disease.
Effective prevention programs are those that are community-based, and can enable the audiologist and speech-language pathologist to help reduce the incidence of communication disorders as a public health problem through primary, secondary or tertiary prevention.
Transition Point: To understand how audiologists and speech-language pathologists can be involved in prevention initiatives, it is important to understand the foundations of preventionů..