Can you bill insurance for verifying ear protection such as musicians' earplugs?
You can bill for verifying ear protection including musician's earplugs using the code 92596 "Ear Protector Evaluation" from the CPT code manual. Verification of hearing protection (including musician's earplugs) is important to ensure the expected attenuation is being achieved across the frequency range. I also use this code when fitting musicians' in-ear monitors, when I conduct verification to show how much sound isolation is being provided.
This Ask the Expert was based on Dr. Fligor's course, Music-Induced Hearing Loss: Risk and Prevention for Musicians and Music Consumers that can be viewed in the AudiologyOnline library: www.audiologyonline.com/ceus/recordedcoursedetails.asp?class_id=13989 Brian Fligor, ScD, is the Director of Diagnostic Audiology at Children's Hospital Boston and Instructor in the Department of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. His primary research interests are investigating causes of acquired hearing loss from ototoxicity and noise, particularly in the pediatric population. Dr. Fligor's work on potential for noise-induced hearing loss from using portable media players with headphones has received considerable popular media attention, including being spoofed on David Letterman's show in 2005.
Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A
Director of Diagnostic Audiology, Childrens Hospital Boston
Brian Fligor, ScD, is Director of Diagnostic Audiology at Children’s Hospital Boston and Instructor in Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. His primary research interests are investigating causes of acquired hearing loss from ototoxicity and noise. Dr. Fligor’s work on potential for noise-induced hearing loss from using portable media players with headphones has received considerable popular media attention, including being spoofed on David Letterman’s show in 2005. He is principle audiologist in the Children's Hospital Boston Musicians’ Hearing Program (www.childrenshospital.org/MusiciansHearingProgram), a clinical service geared toward enrolling musicians and music enthusiasts in hearing loss prevention programs.
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The science of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the regulations for minimizing NIHL will be reviewed and applied specifically to musicians and consumers of music who may be at risk for Music Induced Hearing Loss (MIHL), based on the latest research findings. The elements of a hearing loss prevention program will be outlined, and guidelines for adaptions for music exposure will be discussed.
This presentation will introduce the attendee to the elements of a hearing loss prevention program for musicians and music consumers, including the detailed audiologic work-up, fitting with hearing protection and tinnitus management for musicians. This course is intended to be a foundation for the other 3 presentations in the Expert Seminar Series on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss for 2010.
This course begins a month long series of seminars on current topics in noise induced hearing loss. Join us each Wednesday in July for a leading expert presenting the latest info on various aspects of noise induced hearing loss! This presentation will provide a summary of the topics that will be covered by the other three speakers as well as an update on Dr. Fligor's studies of music-induced hearing loss.
This is the first in the 2013 AudiologyOnline Noise Induced Hearing Loss Webinar Series, organized by Guest Editor Dr. Brian Fligor. Join us for the whole series!
Please note: You may earn ABA Tier 1 credits for this course if you complete it as part of course 22950, "Current Topics in Noise Induced Hearing Loss." course 22950 contains recordings of all four events from our 2013 NIHL Series. ABA Tier 1 CEUs can be earned only when all modules are completed as part of course 22950.
Join Guest Editor Dr. Brian Fligor and other leading experts to explore the latest research in NIHL and its clinical application to audiology practice. Topics included: strategies for prevention of noise and music-induced hearing loss, tinnitus assessment in musicians, nutrition and noise, and emerging research on otoprotective agents.