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Bundle up, new CPT codes are
By Brande Victorian
Audiologists rang in the new year with three new
bundled Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes to
report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) for reimbursement. But these are no reason to
celebrate, since the new bundles will mean a decrease in
reimbursement to audiologists.
“When services are bundled, the overall value
decreases significantly,” says Debbie Abel, AuD,
director of reimbursement for the American Academy of
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STORYResilient hearing aid industry records
rising sales despite a troubled economy
By David H. Kirkwood
Nearly all hearing aid users in America wear digital
hearing aids. In 1990, when we first started reporting
on the hearing health industry (MarkeTrak I),1 100% of
hearing aids were analog. It is our contention that
customer satisfaction with hearing aids is critical to
increasing hearing aid adoption or usage;thus in 1991,
we first started measuring customer satisfaction with
In the first installment in the MarkeTrak VIII
series, we demonstrated that the hearing loss population
is now 34.25 million and hearing aid adoption rates are
approximately one in four. We also showed that binaural
rates are continuing to increase and the average age of
hearing aids has dropped.
Twenty years later: A NEW Count-The-Dots
By Mead C. Killion and H. Gustav
1. So the two of you are the
“dots guys”! I’ve used that audiogram quite a bit, but I
never really knew where it came from.
The dots guys we are, and we’re here to party, as our
audiogram is celebrating its 20th birthday! Over the
years, we’ve been pleased to see widespread clinical use
of the Mueller and Killion Count-The-Dots “Easy Method”
for calculating the Articulation Index, which was first
published here in The Hearing Journal (See Figure 1 on
the next page). In our original article we specifically
stated that the form was not copyrighted, as we wanted
to encourage people to try it out. That seemed to work.
Surprisingly, we’ve observed that our 100 dots have even
found their way into several research studies and
peer-reviewed publications, although that wasn’t really
the intended use.
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