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Lyme Disease Awareness: More Americans at Home...Exposure Is Greater

May is National Lyme disease Awareness Month and, with more Americans at home, infection exposure is greater.

Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not receive reports on everyone contracting Lyme disease, the CDC estimates that there are approximately 329,000 cases per year. The American Academy of Audiology, working closely with the CDC, warns the public to be vigilant in preventing tick interactions.

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COVID-19: Considerations for Treatments Using Quinine Derivatives and Other Ototoxic Compounds

Hydroxychloroquine was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use to treat adults and adolescents with COVID-19.

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Managing Stress and Anxiety in an Uncertain Time

How are you feeling since the COVID-19 outbreak? Really…how are you coping in this time of uncertainty? If you are losing sleep, feeling stressed and anxious, and having difficulty concentrating, you are not alone

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Caring for and Comforting Our Patients Through Infection Control

Depending on your setting you may already be seeing patients on a reduced or emergency-based schedule. Some are venturing into tele-health practices to handle day-to-day issues focused on patient education, troubleshooting, and perhaps even aural rehabilitation.

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COVID-19 Telehealth Update and Guidance

Audiologists are beginning to employ creative solutions to assist their patients while mitigating the risk of further transmission of the virus. Some former face-to-face visits are now being handled via telephone, video, and/or remote connection to hearing aid devices. Many audiologists are wondering if these remote services can be billed and reimbursed. This guide will help you understand options that are available to audiologists at the present time.

Academy Launches Music and Hearing Research Grant and Consensus Document

In April 2020, the American Academy of Audiology launches its newest grant program to support research relative to the prevention and treatment of hearing loss in musicians. The Music and Hearing Research Grant program will support research studies to add to the body of knowledge that will shape best practices in this area of audiology practice.

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Marijuana and Tinnitus

Medicinal applications of marijuana and marijuana-derived products is an emerging topic of interest for many chronic conditions.

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Yes Hearing Aids, No Dementia, Depression, and Falls

We have heard the concerning connections between untreated hearing loss and a host of other health conditions. There is always debate around these conversations about whether the link between hearing loss and say accelerated dementia is causal or otherwise.


One of the tried and true methods to ask this question more deliberately is to reintroduce function, hearing in this case, and observe the effects on the secondary conditions.


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Audiology Today Sept/Oct 2019…What’s Inside This Issue?

Take a look at the table of contents and delve into these online articles, which you can now easily search by topic, title, or author. 

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | When and Why to Modify

Billing modifiers were created to provide additional information to the payer about the performed procedure(s) and help describe and/or qualify the services provided. There are common modifiers used by commercial payers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), that indicate to the payer that the services provided have been altered in a way that is different than the ascribed definition of the billing code. For example, a modifier should be used when all of the tests in a bundled code were not performed or when only one ear was tested.

Topic(s): Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare, Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN), CPT - Current Procedural Terminology, Coding, Reimbursement, Practice Management, Patient care, Treatment