‘Ask the Expert’ is back! New series addresses hearing loss-health connections

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Mar 25, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Note: Following is the first installment in a brand new 3-part “Ask the Expert” series, responding to questions about how hearing loss is connected to various other aspects of health. Our expert is audiologist Dr. Carrie Meyer, Director of Clinical Programs. We encourage you to share this information with your health plan members or employees.

Today’s Question:

“My audiologist asked me if I had a history of heart disease, diabetes or balance issues. I just came to get my hearing checked — what do these other conditions have to do with my ears?”

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, heart disease, hearing aid coverage, Diabetes, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Stroke Prevention, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, High blood pressure, Ask the Expert

Injury-causing falls: What’s missing from the conversation?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Mar 17, 2020 8:56:00 AM

The statistics associated with injury-causing falls should be setting off alarm bells throughout U.S. society, starting with the fact that more than one in four Americans over the age of 65 experiences a fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What causes people to fall isn’t always so clear-cut, as the following conversation between a mother and daughter illustrates…

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, Medicare Advantage, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Hearing Loss and Falls, Injury-Causing Falls

New white paper addresses state-mandated hearing health care coverage

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Mar 11, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Do you offer health plans in states that require coverage of hearing aids and hearing health care services? At least 23 states now mandate hearing benefits. While this may be good news for eligible consumers, state-mandated hearing benefits have generated significant concerns and questions for insurance carriers.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit

Cognitive health: What’s missing from the conversation?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Mar 5, 2020 11:17:17 AM

Approximately 5.7 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. People frequently associate dementia, as well as general cognitive decline, with advancing age. However, the following conversation between two sisters suggests that another risk factor may be in play…

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Dementia and Hearing Loss, alzheimer's, dementia, Alzheimer's Prevention, Social Isolation, Dementia Prevention, Cognitive Ability, Loneliness

World Hearing Day: Don’t let hearing loss limit your members or employees

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Feb 27, 2020 10:11:32 AM

World Hearing Day is March 3. So, what’s in it for a health insurance company or employer? More than you might think! This year’s theme, “Don’t let hearing loss limit you. Hearing for Life!” certainly applies to people in their daily lives. Left untreated, hearing loss limits educational opportunities, employment, earning power and the ability to lead a healthy life. The opposite is true for individuals who are proactive about their hearing.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, World Hearing Day, Hearing Loss Prevention, dementia, Social Isolation, Cognitive Ability

Mental health: What’s missing from the conversation?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Feb 18, 2020 3:14:42 PM

Millions of Americans suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Often family and friends don’t understand what the individual is experiencing or what caused these conditions, as illustrated in this conversation between two members of a card-playing group…

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Topics: hearing aids, Tinnitus, hearing loss, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Hearing Loss and Depression, Depression and Anxiety, Social Isolation, Cognitive Ability, Loneliness

Get to know the Amplifon team: Q&A with Corinne Murray, Client Services Director

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Feb 7, 2020 4:01:12 PM

Corinne Murray brings more than 10 years of experience to Amplifon Hearing Health Care with a comprehensive background in customer service, including leadership, training, and coaching, to her role as Client Services Director. She is passionate about having a positive impact on Amplifon's business partners, providers, and people affected by hearing loss.

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Topics: hearing aids, Amplifon Team, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Providers, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Healthcare Partner

Social isolation and loneliness: What’s missing from the conversation?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jan 30, 2020 8:29:00 AM

It’s a conversation that occurs every day across the country: family members discussing a parent or other loved one who has mysteriously “disappeared” from special events and other social occasions. What’s behind the growing trend toward social isolation and loneliness? For clues, let’s listen in on the conversation between a brother and sister…

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, dementia, Social Isolation, Social Determinates of Health, Loneliness

Choosing the right supplemental benefits in a crowded Medicare Advantage marketplace

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jan 23, 2020 7:15:28 PM

More Americans than ever are enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans, a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. At the same time (and it’s no mere coincidence), health insurers continue to expand the supplemental benefits in their Medicare Advantage plans. Consider these statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation and CMS:

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, Medicare Advantage, depression, Affordable Hearing Solution, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Aid Cost, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls

Revisiting our top 5 blog posts of 2019

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jan 17, 2020 5:29:34 PM

Fresh into a new year and a new decade, we thought this would be a good time to pause and ask: Did you miss any of our most popular blog posts in 2019? For your convenience and reading pleasure, we’re revisiting our five most viewed blog articles from the past year.

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Topics: hearing aids, Amplifon Team, hearing health, Hearing Benefit, Social Determinates of Health, AHIP Institute & Expo, AHIP Project Link

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