Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) has proven to be effective in improving symptoms related to vestibular and balance disorders (BPPV, Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, etc.). Specifically, VRT aims to address issues such as vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and imbalance. The ultimate goal of this type of therapy is to help patients beat these symptoms and restore their quality of life.
When a patient is tested for hearing loss, and the results indicate that they need hearing aids, the first question they will likely ask you is “how much are they going to cost?” Unfortunately, many hearing aid models aren’t cheap and most health insurance companies don’t cover them. However, there are low-cost options that can be considered, and there will be even more once OTC hearing aids arrive in 2020.
Of course, with these low-cost options comes another common question. “Will the cheaper hearing aids still effectively help me hear better?”
Consider how valuable an AEP system that offered the both cVEMP and oVEMP testing would be to your practice. Wouldn’t it be nice?
Good news! You can have that dual-capability by switching to the Interacoustics Eclipse EP25. Now is the ideal time to make a move, especially if you are operating with the Navigator® PRO. Natus/Otometrics has announced that it will discontinue production of the Nav PRO at the end of 2018. Also, replacement parts for it will become harder to find as the existing stock depletes.
Many of your patients may have travel plans to see family and friends over the holidays. Between flights, UBER rides, and time spent waiting for both they’ll have a lot of downtime. Because of this, you have an opportunity to recommend some great books on hearing loss and how to cope with it.
Can an employee claim hearing loss as a “disability?” According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are circumstances that allow a person to be eligible for disability benefits without having to meet or match a “disability rating” covered in the SSA Blue Book. To decide if someone with hearing loss can still competently perform their duties, or the duties of any other job in the workforce, The SSA considers several factors. These include the person’s age, educational background, and vocational history.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has official limits on the decibel level American workers can be exposed to during an 8-hour shift. OSHA's permissible exposure limit is 90 A-weighted decibels (dBA) over 8 hours. However, the organization also states that for every 5 dBA increased, the amount of time the worker can be exposed reduces by 50 percent.
Hearing loss can be a solitary experience. You often miss the punch line of the joke and look around in confusion while everyone else is laughing. You are embarrassed to ask your friend to repeat herself for the third time so you just nod along and pretend you heard her instead. Significant concentration is required to follow conversations, leading to hearing loss exhaustion and general fatigue. Sometimes people with hearing loss decide socializing is not worth the effort and choose to isolate themselves. They start to avoid parties and intimate time with friends and family. This was the case for me.
Speed is of the essence when performing ABR tests on infant patients. The fact of the matter is, keeping a child still and quiet for an extended period of time is difficult without sedation, which comes with its fair share of risks. When using a click stimulus, only the 3000-4000 Hz region is activated. Because of those limitations, researchers have longed for a stimulus that triggers all desired frequencies of the basilar membrane at the same time.
Good news! Advancements in technology have made it possible for your patients with hearing loss to optimize their homes for their condition. This means no more missing an important phone call, an in-home emergency, or a ringing doorbell because of their deafness. Smart home accessories can connect to Oticon Opn™ hearing aids to help your patients vastly improve their quality of life.
Natus/Otometrics will be discontinuing production of its Bio-logic® Navigator® PRO at the end of 2018. Along with that, repair parts availability will become increasingly difficult to get. And, the Navigator PRO runs on Windows 7, not the Windows 10 platform.
What better time to consider “Trade It and Upgrade It.” than now. Through December 31, 2018, your your e3 Diagnostics local representative will accept your existing Navigator PRO (Bio-Logic Navigation Pro Diagnostics Evoked Potential System 2nd Generation Silver Box) and you’ll receive the ASSR module at no additional cost when you purchase the Eclipse EP25—a $6,145 value. That’s an incredible incentive to upgrade. Need more convincing?