Hearing loss and degenerative brain disease are two health conditions typically associated with advancing age. But younger people, along with their health insurers and employers, should be concerned about these conditions, especially in light of a recent Ohio State University study.
Keeping America’s brains healthy is a good thing, for a lot of reasons. For health insurers, it means lower payouts for treating Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. For employers, it means greater productivity and employee retention. And, of course, for the average person, it means a better quality of life for them and their loved ones.
The success of a Medicare Advantage plan depends on attracting new members. But also crucial is the health of those members — high payouts for medical care can undermine the financial viability of the plan.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Dementia and Hearing Loss, dementia, Hearing Loss and Depression, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation
The ability to hear well is vital for a lot of good reasons. It may stave off adverse health conditions, such as depression, dementia and injury-causing falls. It’s also essential for effective communication and collaboration in the workplace. Optimal hearing benefits not just the individual, but your organization as a whole, in terms of operational efficiency and profitability.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing evaluation, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Loss Prevention, Dementia and Hearing Loss, dementia, Hearing Loss and Depression, Injury-Causing Falls
Virtually all health insurance companies strive to control costs and increase revenues. Sounds simple enough, right? But these objectives have become increasingly elusive, thanks to an aging population, rising medical costs, intensifying competition and other factors. Now there’s mounting evidence that the addition of a hearing benefit can contribute to a stronger bottom line for health insurers.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Dementia and Hearing Loss, dementia, Hearing Loss and Depression, Injury-Causing Falls
August has arrived, summer vacations are winding down, and schools are ramping up for a new year of learning. Speaking of school, August is Vision & Learning Month. The sponsoring organization, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, aims for parents and educators to understand the importance of vision for a child’s success in school.
What your health plan members or company employees do at home or in their leisure activities is none of your business. Or is it? Unwise lifestyle choices can certainly lead to negative consequences, affecting both health status and on-the-job performance.
If one of your members or employees suffers a heart attack, the prospects for a full recovery are much better than they were just 10 or 20 years ago. The reason, of course, is that cardiac care is more effective than ever, thanks to advances in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and clinical protocols.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing healthcare professional, hearing healthcare provider, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, evolution of hearing aids, Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aid Features
An estimated 16.2 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one major episode of depression in 2016, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That’s roughly 6.7% of all U.S. adults.
Ah, summertime peace and quiet — well, maybe not so much. The fact is, summer has become noisier and noisier over the years, and we’re not just talking about Fourth of July fireworks. People everywhere, including your members or employees, engage in a variety of summertime activities that generate a lot of noise. And this noise can cause permanent hearing damage.