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Billing for Services - Ear Protection & Musicians' Earplugs

Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A

February 22, 2010


Question

Can you bill insurance for verifying ear protection such as musicians' earplugs?

Answer

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

Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A

Director of Diagnostic Audiology, ChildrenÂ’s 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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