tinnitus management patterns

Current Tinnitus Management Patterns Represent Big Opportunities for Audiology Community

The disability caused by tinnitus is believed to be one of the most common chronic medical conditions in adults – on par with diabetes, lower back & neck pain and knee problems. And, hearing care professionals encounter patients with tinnitus on an almost daily basis.   In fact, according to South Korean researchers, tinnitus, like…

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hearing aid affordability report

National Academies of Sciences Issues Groundbreaking Report on Hearing Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) issued a potentially groundbreaking report on improving access and affordability of hearing health care for adults. The committee has been working well over a year, compiling a range evidence and opinion to support their recommendations to…

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Free e-course from Ida Institute teaches fundamentals of patient-centered care

NAERUM, DENMARK—Hearing care professionals and students can now take a free online course and gain a practical introduction to the fundamentals of patient-centered Developed by the Ida Institute, a non-profit organization funded by the Oticon Foundation, the Ida Basics Course is designed to encourage reflection on the clinician’s approach to patient care and suggest concepts…

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New study finds that when hearing loss goes untreated, the cost is astronomical

By David H. Kirkwood LONDON–A report issued July 9 by the British Commission on Hearing Loss further confirms the enormous economic toll that untreated hearing loss takes on those with the condition–as well as the rest of society. It also explores why in the United Kingdom, where hearing aids are free, only 20% of the…

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Audiologists wage grassroots campaign against direct-to-consumer hearing aid sales

  By David H. Kirkwood When hi HealthInnovations announced two years ago that it would start selling “high-tech, lower cost hearing devices” directly to consumers, hearing healthcare organizations immediately denounced the plan. They contended that in bypassing the hearing professional, hi’s distribution model would provide inferior hearing solutions and would also endanger patients whose hearing…

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Top ten ideas selected for promoting public awareness of hearing health

NAERUM, DENMARK–A mnemonic device featuring three wise monkeys, a campaign to make hairdressers more mindful of their clients’ hearing loss, and a “hearing loss” flavor of ice cream are among the ten finalists in the Ida Institute’s worldwide competition “Ideas, Speak up – Action and Awareness for Hearing Loss.” Since April 2012 when the Oticon…

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Ida asks: Is patient-centered care fact or fiction?

SKODSBORG, DENMARK—Patient-centered care is a popular concept these days, and certainly sounds like a good idea for any area of health care, including hearing care. However, the Ida Institute notes, during its various seminars and workshops and in conversations at professional meetings, audiologists have sometimes expressed skepticism about it. They wonder if patient-centered care is…

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