Hearing Care Access?
Professional issues in audiology were spotlighted in a recent JAMA opinion piece. The authors of the article highlight the importance of services provided by audiologists being covered by Medicare. They posit that while the OTC legislation may result in greater access to devices, the inability to bill insurances for the requisite rehabilitative services that were typically bundled into traditional hearing aid fittings and purchases may still remain a barrier to those in need.
Reed NS, Lin FR, Willink A. (2018) Hearing Care Access? Focus on Clinical Services, Not Devices.JAMA. September 13.