Cochlear Implants (CI)

Cochlear Implants (CI)

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Potential Pitfalls in Cochlear-Implant Billing and Reimbursement

As cochlear implant awareness increases and more individuals receive cochlear implants, the demand for related audiological services is growing across the country. To meet this need, many audiologists have begun to add, or are considering adding, cochlear implant services to their practices. 

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare, Medicaid, Cochlear Implants (CI)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION | Influence of Provider Remarks on Efforts to Maximize Residual Hearing in a Deaf Client

The case report described here draws attention to a powerful variable, namely offhanded provider remarks, which can negatively influence rehabilitation outcomes, specifically for prelingually deaf adults. This group is known to be highly variable in their audiologic/hearing characteristics (Neuman et al, 2017) such that blanket statements are not likely to apply to a given individual.

Topic(s): Bilateral Hearing Loss, hearing aid, Cochlear Implants (CI), bimodal, audiological rehabilitation services, decision-making, Hearing Aids, speech-language pathology

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Eyes, Ears, & Teeth

In the March/April 2018 issue of Audiology Today, I compared the professions of audiology and optometry and examined some of the successes of optometry in establishing autonomy and an expanded scope of practice. You may want to stop here and give it a read. I’ll wait.

Glad you came back.

Topic(s): Bone-Conduction Implant (BCI), Cochlear Implants (CI), Medicaid, Medicare, Middle Ear, Coding

A Proposed Protocol: Assessment for Patients with Single-Sided Deafness or Asymmetric Hearing Loss

Do you fit bone-conduction hearing aids, contralateral routing of signals (CROS) hearing aids, and/or cochlear implants to your adult patients with single-sided deafness or asymmetric hearing loss (with the four-frequency pure-tone average in the poorer ear being greater than or equal to 70 dB HL)? Curious which one is the best treatment? If so, you may be interested in a consensus paper by Van de Heyning et al (2016). 


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Academy Research Conference 2017: Interview with Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe

Pediatrics: Advancements in Assessment and Rehabilitation


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NPR Interviews Gifford About Her Work with Cochlear Implant Patients

National Public Radio's "Science Friday" launched a six-part series highlighting women in science with a 10-minute video documentary featuring Academy member Dr. Rene Gifford and her work with cochlear implant patients at Vanderbilt University.

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Children with ANSD Fitted with Hearing Aids

Intervention for children with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) represents a significant challenge in pediatric audiology. A critical tool for the fitting of amplification in young pediatric patients, the auditory brainstem response (ABR), is compromised in this population for estimation of behavioral thresholds. Despite compromised ABR responses, cortical auditory evoked potentials (CAEP) can often be recorded from ANSD patients, and there is emerging research in the application of CAEP for estimation of behavioral thresholds in this population (He et al. 2013).

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Study Finds Support for Classroom Acoustics Standards (ANSI/ASA, 2010)

A recently-published study by Frank Ingelhart evaluated the speech perception performance of 23 children with cochlear implants and 23 children with normal hearing through the speech frequencies (500-4000 Hz). Speech perception testing was completed in a classroom environment at three different reverberation times—0.9 seconds, 0.6 seconds, and 0.3 seconds.


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Parents of Deaf Children, Stuck in the Middle of an Argument

Thoughtful piece on the dilemma faced by parents of “deaf” children. One thing that many audiologists might take issue with is the statement that “hearing aid use in children, which requires years of visits with doctors, audiologists, and speech therapists, remains controversial.”  Studies show that early diagnosis, ongoing intervention with hearing aids, and aural (re)habilitation is beneficial for children with adequate residual hearing.

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A Blog to Follow

Opinion Editorial by Sumit Dhar, PhD


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