The World Health Organization has designated today, March 3rd, as International Ear Care Day. According to the WHO, approximately 50% of cases of hearing loss worldwide could be avoided through primary prevention techniques.
When parents find out that their child has hearing loss, one of the first questions they ask is often, “Why?”
Some causes of hearing loss are easy to determine: the child has outer or middle ear malformations that are apparent in a visual examination, the mother had an illness known to cause hearing loss during pregnancy, or the child suffered some trauma at birth related to hearing loss (for example, many premature babies are given ototoxic drugs that keep them alive at the cost of damaging their hearing). But other cases are not so clear-cut.
One great thing about having multiple cochlear implant manufacturers is that they are constantly innovating and producing new technology! A new processor launch is thrilling, and the first question on everybody’s mind is, “When can I get my hands on it?!?” Unfortunately, the second question is often, “Will my insurance cover it?!?” Here are some tips for how to make the case for a CI processor upgrade:
In the United States, there are significant differences in insurance coverages from state to state, and even between plans from different insurance carriers. This information is intended to be a general overview with tips that may help in your particular insurance situation.
You probably know that “literacy” refers to the ability to understand language through reading and writing. Health literacy is the ability to understand information about healthcare and use that information to make informed decisions for yourself or those in your care. Why is this important for those of us in the Listening and Spoken Language professions?
When you begin to investigate cochlear implants for your child or yourself, the amount of information, terminology, and decisions can seem overwhelming. Once you feel that you have a handle on things, someone throws another twist or curve your way. Don’t you just want someone to hold your hand and walk you through the process step-by-step? Your wish is my command…
You’ve had the pre-operative tests, filed (and/or battled) with your insurance provider, and selected the device. The big day is finally here… it’s time for CI surgery day. Here are some tips to make the big day go as smoothly as possible: