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Behind The Ear (BTE)

Behind The Ear (BTE)

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Coding Update: Contralateral Routing Device

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) and others recently requested revisions for codes and code descriptors in the CROS/BiCROS family and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved many of the proposed changes. The groups requested the changes to reflect changes in CROS/BiCROS technology. 

Topic(s): Audiologist, Binaural, Behind The Ear (BTE), Bilateral microphones with contralateral routing of signal (BiCROS), Contralateral Routing of Signal (CROS), In The Ear (ITE), Hearing Aids, Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Medicaid, Medicare, Fitting, Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

Do Modern Hearing Aids Meet ANSI Standards?

Quality control operating specifications have been around for a long time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has used the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifications to govern hearing aid quality since 1976. Manufacturers are required to test and report the results of specific standards before device shipment. However, standardized testing is not needed by the dispensing professional.

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When to Fit Hearing Aids for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?

Sereda et al (2015) report the results of their three-round Dephi Review, which explored “clinical consensus” (agreement of 70 percent or greater) of 28 hearing professional panelists in the United Kingdom. One hundred and fifteen (115) statements were evaluated and 58 statements achieved consensus.

Sample of factors that achieved consensus for fitting hearing aids with mild loss and without bothersome tinnitus:

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Maximal Audible Frequency and Audible Bandwidth

McCreery (2015) reported that  “…bandwidth will be limited by a number of factors, not the least of which is the patient's degree of hearing loss.

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