On Capitol Hill it’s officially known as H.R. 4056/S. 2446 – but the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 (MAASA) is more widely referred to as an empowering piece of legislation that puts patients first. Specifically, senior patients who use Medicare Part B for their hearing and balance health needs.
By now you’ve heard plenty of buzz about over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. The countdown is on, with FDA regulations due to be released in August 2020.
Yes, a rising tide lifts all boats. But let’s face it – the audiology industry is swamped with competition, and it’s about to get a lot more crowded very soon. Big box stores like Costco and Wal-Mart are entering the hearing health arena.
Your audiology patients have arrived at your office. Maybe they’re alone, maybe they’re with a family member, friend or caregiver. In the few minutes it takes to check in, sit down and grab a magazine they could also be learning more about a helpful (and no-cost) tool for staying connected with or without hearing aids.
Many factors can arise when certifying a patient for a captioned telephone service. The patient-first ideology focuses on trust, respect for patients, shared decision making, sensitivity to patient needs, and always looking out for their best interest. In order to have a positive patient outcome, expectations must be met or exceeded.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away—so how about an audiologist? While no single food can definitively directly impact your hearing health, studies suggest there are plenty of nutritious eating options that may play a role in keeping hearing loss at bay.
The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that around 20% of Americans (around 48 million people) experience some form of hearing loss. In fact, it’s so common that one in three people will experience hearing loss by age 65. No matter how old you are, hearing loss is definitely nothing to feel bad about – and it shouldn’t keep you from living your life, either.
It’s no secret that talking on the phone with friends and family can be a great source of happiness – and even the most mundane, task-oriented calls give us a sense of connection and control over our lives. Without this daily social connection, people with hearing loss can be at risk for chronic sadness or depression. Here are three ways talking on the phone can help people with hearing loss live happier, more connected lives.
From theaters and restaurants to busy office environments and even relaxing in your own living room, background noise can make it tough to hear what’s being said. If you have hearing loss, it can make it nearly impossible.
FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE BUT REGISTERED USERS WITH HEARING LOSS FROM USING INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONES WITH THE CAPTIONS TURNED ON. IP Captioned Telephone Service may use a live operator. The operator generates captions of what the other party to the call says. These captions are then sent to your phone. There is a cost for each minute of captions generated, paid from a federally administered fund. No cost is passed on to the CapTel user for using the service.