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January 11, 2009

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Bundle up, new CPT codes are here
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 Audiology (AAA).

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Celebrity Ear Contest: Whose ear is it?
Win a $50 American Express gift card!

Celebrity EarHint: While he may not be a household name, this banker was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2009.
Send your guess here

A winner will be chosen at random from among all correct answers received by January 18.

For the correct answer and the name of the winner, see next month's installment of The Ear Hears.

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Kathleen Peterson of Scottsdale, AZ, who correctly identified Sarah Palin’s celebrity ear.

Read it 'ear first!


Resilient 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 hearing aids.

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.

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Twenty years later: A NEW Count-The-Dots method
By Mead C. Killion and H. Gustav Mueller

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. Read More

'Ear's the news

Tactile Input Affects What We Hear: UBC Study
New White Paper Details Best Practices of an Occupational Hearing Conservation Program: US Airways
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Announces National Science Fair for Students with Hearing Loss
Sonova Acquires InSound Medical Inc. and Adds a Revolutionary New Hearing System to its Portfolio
Alarming Facts About Smoke Detectors and Hearing Loss
Nashville Live! Vanderbilt Audiology's Journal Club Unplugged
AO NEWS:AudiologyOnline Takes You Around the Web in 60 Seconds! - Vol. 6, No. 1

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Is Feedback Optimization Always Necessary?
August Hernandez, Au.D., Senior Training Manager, Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc.
Scoring the SSW Using Number of Errors
Jack Katz, Ph.D.
Test-retest of Stored Equalization with Open Fittings
H. Gustav Mueller, Ph.D, Vanderbilt University

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