AuDSTANDARD PARTNERS WITH HBS TO OFFER BILLING, CREDENTIALING SUPPORT
AuDStandard has partnered with Hear Billing Solutions (HBS) to provide their members with a wide range of services designed to help hearing practices increase revenue and decrease receivables. They include insurance billing, credentialing and contracting, onsite insurance training, business readiness, insurance verification, consulting, and more. These HBS services are available to AuDStandard members at a discount or no additional cost based on their AuDStandard point balance. The rise of third parties and insurance have greatly increased the need for billing and credentialing assistance, said Tucker Worster, the owner of AuDStandard. “This partnership with Hear Billing Solutions provides members access to simple billing solutions that will allow them to focus on what they do best—providing optimal patient care,” he said.
OTICON EXAMINES HEARING LOSS RISK AMONG WOODSTOCK GENERATION
Close to 50 percent of older adults aged 65 to 80 said they listened to loud or very loud music in their youth and now have hearing loss in an online survey conducted by Oticon. Of more than 1,000 respondents from the Woodstock Generation, 36 percent reported that their hearing loss now negatively impacts their ability to listen to music, and 70 percent of those with hearing loss wished they could still experience music the way they did when they were young. Forty-seven percent of those with hearing loss said they don't enjoy music as much as they used to, even though a majority (71%) said music was one of the most important things to them when they were younger. Many of these adults also struggle with hearing in other areas such as understanding speech in loud environments and inability to participate in social gatherings. These findings highlight the far-reaching consequences of loud music listening on hearing health, said Gary Rosenblum, the president of Oticon. “That's an important message for young people today. Fifty years ago, people thought turning up the volume and seeking out concerts with the biggest speakers made the music more enjoyable. Today, we know the long-term effects of noise on hearing health and the importance of protecting hearing to maintain the ability to enjoy music and conversation. This is vital to your overall quality of life,” he said.
ams RELEASES FIRST-TO-MARKET NOISE CANCELLATION TECHNOLOGY
ams has unveiled the new Augmented Hearing Engine, which will equip wireless earbuds with noise cancellation capabilities and better sound quality. The new platform has automatic leakage compensation (ALC) for loose-fit earbuds, which adjusts for the common problem of air leakage between the earbud and the user's ear. ALC-enabled earbuds will produce an almost-silent background to enhance the audio quality of voice calls, music, and media content, offering users a listening experience similar to that with active noise cancellation headphones. Their noise attenuation capability of as much as 40 dB exceeds that of an AS3418 device, which has a noise attenuation rating of 30 dB. The Augmented Hearing Engine also enables the automatic preset selection feature in ams's AS3460 product, which allows earbud manufacturers to develop earbuds that will automatically switch from one mode to another depending on the type of noise it detects to provide the best noise cancellation performance in all environments. The company said these new technologies will help increase the value that consumers attach to their earbuds.
EARGO AND SONGS FOR SOUND TO SPREAD HEARING LOSS AWARENESS
Eargo and the charity Songs for Sound have embarked on a joint national, year-long experiential health tour, the Hearoes Tour, to raise awareness of hearing loss and provide access to product demos and screening technology. The tour will reach those at high risk of developing hearing loss through targeted routing and events, while educating the public on the early signs, health risks, and solutions associated with hearing loss. The tour will also provide access to state-of-the-art screening technology, fittings for Eargo hearing aids, checklists to navigate the hearing loss journey, and more. From July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, Eargo will donate a pair to someone in need for every Eargo purchased after visiting a Hearoes Tour location. The goal of the Hearoes Tour is to make sure no American misses out on the wonders of hearing, said Jaime Vernon, the founder and executive director for Songs for Sound. “We are so excited to partner with Eargo who we feel are on the forefront of offering the accessible and affordable hearing health experience people deserve,” he said.