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CMS Issues Final 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule

Tables 1-6 see below for APC assignments, status indicators, and reimbursement amounts for audiology codes.  An “S” status indicator denotes a “Separate APC Payment” where regardless of services performed on the same date of service, the CPT code is paid at the APC rate.

New Israeli Study Suggests COVID-19 Does Not Damage Auditory System

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reports in the professional literature on possible hearing loss caused by the disease. A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU), in collaboration with the Galilee Medical Center, finds no evidence of damage to the auditory system as a result of COVID-19 infection.  


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Practice Aural Hygiene: iPhone OS

So you just finished updating the OS on your iPhone to 14.2. You are not quite done yet. Follow along to activate a very useful new feature that will allow you to seamlessly practice your aural hygiene. Nope, neither oral hygiene nor aural hi jinx, just plain old safe listening habits. Activate your Settings and tap on Control Center. Now scroll down, find, and tap on the Hearing option. Done!

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Age-Related Hearing Loss: Fruit Flies and Humans

Did you know that fruit fly antennal ears share many similarities with human ears?

Keder and colleagues (2020) report on the hearing sensitivity of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) across its lifespan of approximately 70 days.

Similar to human hearing, with age, hearing of the fruit files declines, with the hearing loss occurring after 50 days of life in the fruit fly.

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JAAA Editorial: The Effect of Loss of Speech Audibility on a Measure of Cognitive Function

It has been estimated that, in the United States, approximately 75 percent of adults over the age of 70 years have hearing impairment ranging from mild to profound (Goman and Lin, 2016). As the population of the world ages, we will have to contend with a larger number of patients who experience ear-related disorders of aging (e.g., presbycusis and presbystasis) and an assortment of diseases that affect older individuals. Dementia is one of those diseases/disorders.

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New Genetic Study May Be the Key to Alternative Treatment to Hearing Loss

Is science getting closer to identifying ways to reverse hearing loss from damaged hair cells?

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Surfer’s Ear—External Auditory Exostoses

External auditory exostoses (EAE) are dense bony growths protruding into the external auditory canal. These benign bony growths are often referred to as surfer’s ear due to observations of these growths in the ears of individuals exposed to a combination of cold water and air. 

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The Rooster’s Closing Canal

Birds, with the exception of the Barn Owl, do not hear well at high frequencies. Chicken (hen or rooster), for example, have very sensitive hearing in the low frequencies but are limited to hearing sounds below 10 kHz. Given their sensitivity to low-frequency sound, one might wonder how a rooster that wakes up entire villages every morning with its crowing, keeps from losing its own hearing.

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