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NEW WEBINAR: Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids

Victor Bray, PhD, reviews the research on depression and hearing loss, treatment effects, risk factors, and how you can screen for depression in this free webinar sponsored by Hamilton CapTel®. He also postulates a future in which hearing healthcare professionals will be called on to assist mental health specialists in the treatment of depressed individuals.

Letter: Concerns on “Competing in a New Era of Hearing Healthcare” from Dr Kim Cavitt

Dr Kim Cavitt voices concerns about ideas in a November Hearing Review article that she says could be problematic for hearing care professionals relative to insurers, scope of practice, and medical costs. The authors, Drs Robert Traynor and Jay Hall, respond.

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Asymptotic Hearing Loss: When Is a Metaphor Just a Metaphor?

Like all healthcare fields where the clinician needs to explain complex concepts to the lay public, metaphors are used. In the optical field, “nearsighted” and “farsighted” are actually good metaphors despite their simplicity and academic inaccuracy. In the field of audiology, we have the description of the audiogram with the piano keyboard across the top; a good explanation, but limited in that it’s only the right hand side of the keyboard and musical notes are not pure-tones.

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Benefit of Using Telecare for Dementia Patients with Hearing Loss and Their Caregivers

A large portion of individuals with dementia also have hearing loss. When these patients are fitted with hearing aids for the first time, the use and operation of the instruments can be a struggle, and the struggle often carries over to their caregivers. This research found that the use of teleaudiology via Signia TeleCare for these new hearing aid users increased awareness, improved benefit for several different communication settings, and reduced associated stress for the caregivers.

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'CNBC' Reports Apple in Talks with Private Medicare Plans to Subsidize Cost of Apple Watch

According to the report, the newest version of the Apple Watch—which retails for $399—includes features like fall detection and an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor which can help detect irregular heart rhythm. Insurers are looking to subsidize the cost—which may be unaffordable for some senior Medicare patients—as a preventative strategy to detect potentially expensive health problems before they worsen.

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Evidence that Hearing Aids Could Slow Cognitive Decline in Later Life

A recent study from the SENSE-Cog Project found a reduction in rate of cognitive decline following hearing aid use, suggesting that effective identification and treatment of age-related hearing impairment may have a significant impact on age-associated cognitive trajectories and possibly reduce the incidence of dementia. Researcher Piers Dawes and colleagues explain why this study is uniquely important to hearing healthcare.

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Evaluating Select Personal Sound Amplifiers and a Consumer-Decision Model for OTC Amplification

OTC hearing devices are coming, but how should they function and for whom should they be recommended? Drs Ron Leavitt, Ruth Bentler, and Carol Flexer present six case studies showing that people with true moderate hearing loss may not be well served by what has been characterized as a “consumer-decides” model of care.

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Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss May Incur Higher Total Health Care Costs

Compared to the patients without hearing loss, patients with the condition generated nearly 26% more in total health care costs within two years, a gap that widened to 46% by 10 years, amounting to $22,434 per individual ($20,403 incurred by the health plan, $2,030 by the individual in out-of-pocket costs).

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