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Giant Retailers are Teaming Up to Change Medical Care, Will Hearing Healthcare Have a Similar Fate?

As Costco continues to gain market share in the hearing aid private market, CVS Health and Lucid Hearing are expanding their presence by opening more retail locations. In addition to this nationwide growth of corporate retail hearing aid centers, Walgreens is testing the waters with a Starkey partnership, and Sivantos announced last week the acquisition…

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Legislation Introduced to Improve Access to Hearing Health Care Services

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced the Audiology Patient Choice Act, a bipartisan bill that ensures seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have access to a full range of hearing and balance health care services provided by licensed audiologists. A June 2016 report by the…

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New Study Examines Why Americans Pay More for Healthcare

The blanket term used to describe hearing instrument specialists, audiologists and even otolaryngologists is hearing healthcare professional.  As the term implies, each of these professions is part of the greater healthcare sector of the economy. Hence, a recent study examining the drivers of cost in the American healthcare system should be of interest to everyone…

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As Cochlear Implant Technology Improves, Better Outreach is Needed

As over-the-counter hearing aids and their intended users – adults with mild to moderate hearing loss — continue to generate headlines, the under-utilization of cochlear implants remains largely overlooked. Reports indicate that just under 8% of adults with severe-to-profound hearing loss have received a cochlear implant (CI), a technology with proven outcomes for those who…

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Audiology Ranked Among Top Least Stressful Jobs for 2018

Audiology continues to find itself ranking among the “Least Stressful” jobs for another year. Audiology moved up one spot, to be listed as the 3rd least stressful job in 2018. Out of more than 200 jobs, CareerCast.com ranks audiology with a job stress score of 7.22, out of a scale of 1 to 85–just slightly more stressful…

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Rethinking the Hearing Aid User Guide to Improve Outcomes

Grit, guts, determination, fortitude, perseverance, tenacity. Those are a few of the words used to describe an individual’s ability to overcome obstacles and challenges in their life. No doubt, hearing care professionals, in their daily encounters with patients, are all-too familiar with these characteristics and how they affect treatment outcomes. Clinicians intuitively know that patients…

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Study Indicates Individuals with Hearing Difficulties are Underserved, Under-referred

Hearing difficulty remains one of the most prevalent medical conditions in the United States, according to a recent epidemiological study. Furthermore, and perhaps more troubling to professionals, the majority of individuals with hearing difficulties are not referred to either otolaryngology or audiology for advanced care by their primary care specialist. Researchers used the National Health…

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Remote Programming via Telemedicine Approved for Cochlear Implants

Telemedicine appears to be gaining some traction within audiology circles, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a remote feature for follow-up programming sessions for the Nucleus Cochlear Implant System on November 17. The remote programming feature is indicated for patients who have had six months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processor…

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Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Health Insurers Discriminate by Not Covering Hearing Aids; Outcome Could Set National Precedent

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — According to a report in the Yakima Herald, a Seattle law firm has filed suit against two health insurance companies due to the companies not covering treatment for hearing loss. The suit alleges that the exclusion of hearing loss treatment constitutes illegal discrimination under federal law. The outcome of the case could…

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Audiology Listed Among Highest Paying Jobs for People Who Want to Work Less Than 40 Hours Per Week

According to Business Insider, audiology was rated among the top careers in 2017 that provide good pay and also offer a good work-life balance. The top 16 careers in this year’s list were chosen from among 478 occupations in the US, using the Minnesota Population Center’s 2015 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.…

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