SOUND ADVICE: Why hearing may be a ‘hub’ for overall health

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Sep 5, 2019 2:46:18 PM

When you think about hearing loss, do you also think about diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity, oral health issues, smoking, prescription drugs, social isolation, dementia, depression, injury-causing falls and accidents?

You should, because all of these health-related issues are connected, in one way or another, to hearing. Some health conditions or health-related decisions increase the risk of hearing loss, while others may be caused, at least in part, by hearing loss, especially when left untreated.

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Topics: hearing loss, Diabetes, Comorbidities, obesity, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Hearing Benefit, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and hearing, smoking, Oral Health and Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss and Accidents, ototoxic drugs, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, High blood pressure

50 years after Woodstock: a legacy of music, culture…and hearing loss

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Aug 29, 2019 4:27:05 PM

The more than 400,000 individuals who descended on Bethel, New York, for the Woodstock music festival in August 1969 came for “three days of peace and music.” Fifty years later, we know that the impact of Woodstock was much bigger than they or anyone anticipated, dramatically shaping rock and roll as well as American culture.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, noise-induced hearing loss, Medicare Advantage, depression, Affordable Hearing Solution, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, Cognitive Ability

Hearing aid use may help protect the brain and stave off dementia

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Aug 23, 2019 3:31:17 PM

In 2018, dementia cost U.S. society an estimated $277 billion in patient care, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. While hearing loss is a known risk factor for this costly health condition, researchers have wondered: Can the use of hearing aids help protect the brain and reduce the risk of dementia?

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

Now available: 2020 Health Plan Report, summarizing insights of health plan leaders

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Aug 20, 2019 10:25:44 AM

What are the top challenges, priorities and opportunities for improvement for U.S. health plans? Amplifon Hearing Health Care recently surveyed health plan leaders, asking them about these and other areas of concern, applicable to their current situation and to 2020 and beyond.

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Topics: hearing aids, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Social Isolation, Social Determinates of Health

Get to know the Amplifon team: Sandy Hill, our new Vice President of Operations

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Aug 1, 2019 12:15:25 PM

Please join us in welcoming Sandy Hill to the newly established position of Vice President of Operations. She will lead the 2019 implementation of a new benefits administration platform and oversee our claims processing operations, as well as our  provider network and customer service functions.

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Topics: hearing aids, Amplifon Team, hearing aid coverage, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Healthcare Partner

Lessons learned from an explosive introduction to the world of workers' compensation

Posted by Ellen Jordan on Jul 26, 2019 11:55:01 AM

I had an explosive introduction to the world of workers’ compensation. Literally. While on the job, one of my family members suffered a severe leg injury when a pneumatic tank exploded. Shrapnel tore open their right leg, causing permanent nerve damage and a gaping wound that required reconstructive surgery.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, occupational hearing loss, Workers' Comp, Hearing Loss and Accidents, Workers' Comp Costs, Social Isolation

SOUND ADVICE: Know and share the ‘3 pillars’ of hearing loss prevention

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jul 19, 2019 12:45:30 PM

Note: Following is the second installment in our 3-part “Sound Advice” series, designed to help health insurance carriers and employers promote good hearing health.

Are your members or employees doing everything possible to protect themselves from hearing loss? At Amplifon Hearing Health Care, we invite you to learn — and spread the word — about the “three pillars” of hearing loss prevention. After all, people who take care of their hearing health increase their odds of enjoying good overall health and lower medical costs.

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Topics: hearing loss, hearing health, Diabetes, noise-induced hearing loss, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, Diabetes and hearing, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, High blood pressure

How is hearing connected to AHIP’s Project Link and social determinants of health?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jul 11, 2019 3:18:25 PM

If you attended America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute & Expo in June 2019, you probably heard a lot of discussion about social determinants of health (SDOH). Leveraging the health insurance industry’s keen focus on this topic to inspire change, AHIP announced a new initiative at the Nashville meeting: Project Link, devoted to bringing “together the best thinking on how to effectively address social barriers to health and long-term well-being.”

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Topics: hearing aids, Amplifon Team, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss and Depression, Social Isolation, Social Determinates of Health, America's Health Insurance Plans, AHIP Institute & Expo, AHIP Project Link

SOUND ADVICE: Be aware of noise — a dual threat to good hearing health

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jun 27, 2019 10:44:16 AM

Note: Following is the first installment in our 3-part “Sound Advice” series designed to help health insurance carriers and employers promote good hearing health.

The world has become an increasingly noisy place, and at no time of the year is this truer than in the summer. From enjoying fireworks and motorsports, to mowing lawns and working at construction sites, millions of Americans are exposed to noise that can permanently damage their hearing.

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Topics: hearing loss, hearing health, noise-induced hearing loss, depression, Affordable Hearing Solution, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, dementia, Noisy Summer Activities, Social Isolation

Conversation with Brent Myers, an Amplifon Hearing Health Care ‘original’

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jun 24, 2019 10:11:40 AM

Brent Myers was one of four original partners of HearPO, the predecessor of Amplifon Hearing Health Care. He continued his involvement with the group after its acquisition by Amplifon in 1998. In January 2019, Brent became Director of Claims and Provider Networks. In this role, he oversees three teams within the organization: Provider Relations, Provider Credentialing and Claims.

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Topics: hearing aids, Amplifon Team, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, Affordable Hearing Solution, Hearing Benefit, Affordable Hearing Aids, Hearing Healthcare Partner

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