Being an older hearing-impaired adult with no partner or children increases the risk of premature death, according to new research conducted at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
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Recent research has shed new light on why some people are more susceptible than others to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), one of the most common occupational illnesses in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This knowledge could prove to be valuable, not only for individuals, but for insurers, employers and workers’ compensation programs.
On August 22, 2018, Illinois became the 23rd state requiring health insurance companies to cover prescribed hearing aids for children. The new law, sponsored by State Sen. Julie Morrison and State Rep. Laura Fine, requires health insurers to cover the cost of hearing aids every 36 months for individuals younger than 18 years old. It also mandates coverage for services and repairs related to the hearing aid fitting. Click here to read the full text of the law.
For most people, the holiday season is a joyous and wonderful time of the year, especially as we come together with loved ones and count our many blessings. However, for those who struggle with untreated hearing loss, this time of year can be quite challenging. Hearing difficulties interfere with the ability to converse, which causes individuals to pull away from social settings and become isolated.
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Having served in the emergency medical services industry for more than 25 years, I’ve seen older adults arrive in the hospital ER after experiencing a catastrophic fall. Many of them required treatment for severe injuries, including broken legs, hips, arms and shoulders. In 2015, the total medical costs for falls in the U.S. reached more than $50 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Topics: hearing loss, hearing aids, Hearing Benefit, Untreated Hearing Loss, dementia, depression, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, Social Determinates of Health, Healthcare Costs, Health Insurance
Hearing loss doesn’t just interfere with a person’s ability to communicate or detect important sounds. It may, in fact, provide an indicator of other serious and costly health conditions, including diabetes.
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Injury-causing falls cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $50 billion in 2015, reports the Wiley Online Library. By 2020 the financial toll for older adult falls may reach $67.7 billion, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). These staggering costs become plausible when you consider that one out of four Americans age 65-plus experiences a fatal or non-fatal fall each year. In fact, the NCOA reports that an older adult receives emergency room treatment for a fall every 11 seconds.
There are many potential risk factors for falls, ranging from diminished eyesight and muscle weakness, to diabetes and heart disease. One risk factor that hasn’t received widespread attention is hearing loss, a health condition affecting approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 and nearly half of those older than 75.
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Sometimes the question “What does it cost to add a benefit to your health plan?” can best be answered with another question: “What does it cost not to add a benefit to your health plan?” The latter question definitely applies to the addition of a hearing benefit.
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I can still remember the sound of the overhead announcement cutting through the wailing of babies, the incessant beeps of cardiac monitors, the continuous clicking of ventilators and the many loud conversations going on in every direction. “Medevac helicopter en route…two female patients…one adult…one pediatric…MVA victims with multiple injuries. ETA: three minutes on helipad one!”
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How can you motivate your members to seek timely treatment for hearing loss, a health condition affecting an estimated 36 million Americans?
After all, good hearing makes good sense for health insurers and their members. In recent years, a number of studies have identified untreated hearing loss as a risk factor for significant — and costly — health conditions, including dementia, depression and injury-causing falls.
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