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New ‘Ask the Expert’ series focuses on health plan coverage of hearing aids and services

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Nov 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Note: Our popular “Ask the Expert” series returns with a focus on health plans and hearing benefits, guiding consumers toward affordable solutions to hearing loss. In our first installment, audiologist Dr. Tom Tedeschi responds to a question about hearing aid coverage for Medicare beneficiaries.

Today’s Question:

“I need hearing aids, but I also need help paying for them. I thought Medicare would help with the cost, but I’ve been told that I should look for coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan. What’s the real story? I’m confused!”

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, Affordable Hearing Solution, Hearing Aid Cost, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Affordable Hearing Aids, Ask the Expert

‘Ask the Expert’: Why do people avoid or delay a decision to wear hearing aids?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Nov 18, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Note: This is the third installment in our new 3-part “Ask the Expert” series. We encourage health plans and employers to share this information with their members or employees. Need to get caught up? Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

In part 3 of our latest “Ask the Expert” series, Dr. Tom Tedeschi, Amplifon’s Chief of Audiology, responds to a question about the reasons people won’t accept the help that’s so readily available for hearing loss.

Today’s Question:

“One of my good friends has a hearing problem, and it’s obvious to everyone (including herself). She went in for a hearing test and seemed happy to find out she was a good candidate for hearing aids. However, when I asked her about it later, she said ‘I’m not ready yet,’ but wouldn’t tell me why. What’s holding my friend back?”

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, FSA/HSA Flex Spend Dollars, FSA, hearing evaluation, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Aid Cost, Untreated Hearing Loss, Hearing Benefit, dementia, Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aid Features, Injury-Causing Falls, Ask the Expert

For people with undiagnosed diabetes, a hearing test may be more important than ever

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Nov 11, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Diabetes is one of the country’s most devastating diseases, in large part because it can lead to cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage, skin conditions, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, hearing loss and other life-altering health conditions. Diabetes and its complications are costly, too, consuming one of every seven dollars spent on health care, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Diabetes, American Diabetes Month, hearing evaluation, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Diabetes and Hearing Loss, Diabetes and hearing, COVID-19

Americans are largely misinformed about brain health, including connection to hearing health

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Nov 5, 2020 10:00:00 AM

A failing grade went to nearly half the people who took a national online brain health IQ quiz, according to a recent Yahoo! Finance article. The quiz revealed that 80% of participants indicated a desire to reduce their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but most couldn’t identify risk factors beyond age and genetics.

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Topics: hearing aids, Amplifon Team, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Providers, Medicare Advantage, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Hearing Loss and Vision, Hearing Healthcare Partner, Dementia and Hearing Loss, alzheimer's, dementia, Alzheimer's Prevention, Dementia Prevention, Cognitive Ability

Get to know the Amplifon team: Alan Au and Scott Kosinski

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Oct 28, 2020 2:34:00 PM

At every level at Amplifon Hearing Health Care, you’ll find individuals who possess exceptional skills along with extensive experience in various aspects of health care. This includes two of our newest team members: Alan Au, Senior Director of Marketing, and Scott Kosinski, Vice President of Sales and Account Management. The following Q&A will help familiarize you with Alan and Scott.

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

‘Ask the Expert’ part 2: Should your members or employees address hearing loss amid COVID-19 concerns?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Oct 22, 2020 3:49:48 PM

Note: This is the second installment in our new 3-part “Ask the Expert” series. We encourage health plans and employers to share this information with their members or employees. Did you miss part 1? Click here to get caught up.

In part 2 of our latest “Ask the Expert” series, Audiologist Dr. Carrie Meyer responds to a question about whether to seek professional help for hearing loss at a time when COVID-19 remains a concern.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, hearing evaluation, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aid Features, Social Isolation, Ask the Expert, Loneliness, COVID-19

New eBook addresses 4 areas of health — and health care costs — affected by hearing loss

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Oct 15, 2020 1:45:00 PM

The public’s interest in attaining and maintaining good overall health has never been greater. Meanwhile, health plans and employers are pushing harder than ever to keep health care costs under control.

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Topics: Healthcare Costs, Hearing Loss and Falls, dementia, Alzheimer's Prevention, Hearing Loss and Depression, Depression and Anxiety, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, Dementia Prevention, Cognitive Ability, Loneliness

‘Ask the Experts:’ Two audiologists share timely, essential information for two special observances

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Oct 1, 2020 5:03:23 PM

October is a landmark month for hearing health care: It’s National Protect Your Hearing Month and National Audiology Awareness Month. Fittingly, we at Amplifon Hearing Health Care want to pass along some timely and essential information to health plans and employers through a Q&A session with Amplifon audiologists Dr. Carrie Meyer and Dr. Thomas Tedeschi.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, noise-induced hearing loss, cognitive decline, National Audiology Awareness Month, National Protect Your Hearing Month, Audiologists, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Healthcare Partner, Dementia and Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss and Falls, Hearing Loss and Depression, Social Isolation, Loneliness

Falls Prevention Awareness Week: Two key ways your organization can make a difference

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Sep 22, 2020 8:45:00 AM

By the end of 2020, more than 36,000 Americans will have died from accidental falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Millions more will sustain non-fatal injuries, with a large percentage of those requiring emergency room treatment. 

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

Don’t yet offer a hearing benefit? New report on dementia risks may change your mind

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Sep 16, 2020 9:02:00 AM

A new report from The Lancet Commission makes one of the strongest cases yet for the treatment of hearing loss. University College London (UCL) researchers concluded that untreated hearing loss in midlife is the largest modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, says an article in The Hearing Review.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, cognitive decline, Medicare Advantage, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Dementia and Hearing Loss, alzheimer's, dementia, Alzheimer's Prevention, Dementia Prevention, Cognitive Ability

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