Get to know the Amplifon team: Q&A with Jessie Thielbar, Provider Network Manager

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Nov 6, 2019 11:29:07 AM

Jessie Thielbar brings more than 20 years of hearing health care experience to her role as Provider Network Manager for Amplifon Hearing Health Care. Prior to joining Amplifon in November 2016, she worked for a hearing aid manufacturer. As the following Q&A reveals, Jessie and her team have a profound impact on our providers, the audiologists and hearing aid dispensers that take care of our members.

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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, sheds light on the consumer experience with a provider

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Nov 1, 2019 11:09:11 AM

Note: This is the second installment in our 4-part “Ask the Expert” series. We encourage health insurance carriers and employers to share this information, including the accompanying video, with their members or employees. Did you miss part 1? Click here to get caught up.

In part two of our special “Ask the Expert” series, an Amplifon Hearing Health Care audiologist, Carrie Meyer, Au.D., answers a frequently-asked question related to hearing loss and hearing aids.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, hearing healthcare provider, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Benefit, Ask the Expert

‘Ask the Expert’ series launches with question about when to get treatment

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Oct 9, 2019 9:40:59 AM

Note: Following is the first installment in our 4-part “Ask the Expert” series. In the interest of good hearing health, we encourage health insurance carriers and employers to share this information with their members or employees

Every day at Amplifon Hearing Health Care, we get questions from consumers about hearing loss and hearing aids. In this series of special blog posts, one of our resident hearing health care experts, Carrie Meyer, Au.D., Director of Clinical Programs, answers some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, FSA/HSA Flex Spend Dollars, FSA, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, Ask the Expert

A month devoted to hearing protection and audiology awareness — and why you should care

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Oct 1, 2019 11:45:13 AM

Hearing health care professionals across the country are mobilizing resources for National Protect Your Hearing Month and National Audiology Awareness Month, both observed in October.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, National Audiology Awareness Month, National Protect Your Hearing Month, Audiologists, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Healthcare Partner

Get to know the Amplifon team: Q&A with Carrie Meyer, Au.D., Director of Clinical Programs

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Sep 26, 2019 7:23:26 AM

Possessing more than 30 years of clinical audiology experience, Carrie Meyer, Au.D., fills a new position with Amplifon Hearing Health Care — Director of Clinical Programs. Previously, she was lead audiologist at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN, for 10 years. In addition to her role at Amplifon, Carrie serves on the Board of Regents at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.

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

Falls Prevention Awareness Day: Tackling a $68 billion health care crisis

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Sep 18, 2019 11:59:07 AM

If ever there was justification for a “day,” it’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) held on September 23, 2019, and sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Citing statistics from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NCOA lays out these shocking facts:

  • 25% of Americans age 65-plus fall each year
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall
  • Every 19 seconds, an older adult dies from a fall
  • Falls result in more than 3 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually
  • The financial toll associated with fall injuries: $50 billion in 2015 and a projected $67.7 billion in 2020
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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Dementia and Hearing Loss, dementia, Hearing Loss and Depression, Injury-Causing Falls

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

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