World Hearing Day: a practical guide for health insurers and employers

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Feb 26, 2019 10:45:00 AM

World Hearing Day, March 3, may be the biggest day devoted to hearing health on a global basis. But the real focus should be on local efforts to prevent and treat hearing loss, which affects an estimated 466 million people worldwide and 36 million right here in the U.S.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, noise-induced hearing loss, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, World Hearing Day, Hearing Loss Prevention, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls

Workplace noise and its impact on cardiovascular health

Posted by Todd McMullen on Feb 19, 2019 8:56:00 AM

It’s a beautiful spring day, and you’re driving with the windows down and sunroof open. You’re coming up to a construction zone. As you drive through, you encounter the sounds of jackhammers ripping away the old street surface and the incessant beeping of a dump truck backing up. You decide to roll up the windows and close the sunroof for a few blocks to isolate yourself from the noise.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, heart disease, noise-induced hearing loss, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, American Heart Month, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart and Hearing Health, Hearing Loss Prevention, occupational hearing loss, Workers' Comp, Workers' Comp Costs, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation

New study points to role of hearing aids in reducing cognitive decline

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Feb 6, 2019 12:26:51 PM

We’ve previously reported on research showing that hearing loss is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia. Now comes the strongest evidence yet that hearing loss is not only linked to cognitive decline and dementia, but that the use of hearing aids may help protect the brain from these conditions of advancing age.

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

Preventing ‘music-induced’ hearing loss should start at a young age

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jan 23, 2019 10:17:00 AM

Thinking about it later in life, Jim realized that his hearing loss probably started when he was a teen or young adult. It might have been the rock concerts he attended, the fireworks he set off, the motorcycle he rode or all of these (and perhaps other) high-noise activities. Jim ignored his hearing loss all these years — and now he’s paying the price through an increased risk for costly health conditions, including dementia, depression and injury-causing falls.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, noise-induced hearing loss, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention

New study: Untreated hearing loss costs health insurers $20,403 more per member

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jan 17, 2019 4:13:40 PM

Over a decade, health insurance companies paid out an extra $20,403 for older adults with untreated hearing loss, compared to those with no hearing loss, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, depression, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Aid Cost, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, Affordable Hearing Aids, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls

New research uncovers link between hearing loss and premature death

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jan 10, 2019 3:32:04 PM

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

Unraveling the mystery of genetics and hearing loss

Posted by Thomas Tedeschi, Au.D. on Dec 27, 2018 4:05:33 PM

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.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, Hearing Healthcare Program, Health Insurance, Hearing Loss Prevention, Workers' Comp, Genetics and hearing loss

Mandated hearing aid coverage for children: Are you prepared?

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Dec 18, 2018 9:37:43 AM

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.

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss in Children, Hearing Aids for Children

The holidays — joyous occasion or dark and quiet time of year?

Posted by Jesse D. Johnson on Dec 12, 2018 3:08:27 PM

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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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Hearing Healthcare Benefit, depression, Affordable Hearing Solution, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, dementia, Hearing Loss and Depression, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, Hearing Loss and the Holidays

You may be shocked to know how much hearing loss costs your organization

Posted by Angela Nettles on Dec 6, 2018 3:29:32 PM

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).

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Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, depression, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, dementia, Injury-Causing Falls, Social Isolation, Social Determinates of Health

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