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Chronic candidiasis (yeast infection) in the ears

Max Stanley Chartrand, PhD, BC-HIS

August 4, 2003

For many years I've suffered from yeast infections in my ears. No matter what my doctor does, including antibiotics and other eardrops - it still itches. It also interferes with wearing a hearing aid...   Read More


Medicare Referral Specifics

Steven C. White, PhD, CCC-A

July 28, 2003

Medicare stipulates that a physician's referral is required for audiologic testing in order for payment to be made to audiologist. What does that ''referral'' need to say? Can the...   Read More

Halmaygi Head Thrust Test

Henry Trahan, MCD

July 21, 2003

What is the head thrust? Is it the same as head shake?   Read More

Hearing Aids EXCLUDED from coverage

Charles Stone, AuD

July 14, 2003

Which hearing aids cannot be covered by ESCO's extended coverage plans?   Read More

Productivity Stats

Kyle C. Dennis, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA

July 7, 2003

How do you determine an audiologist's productivity? Should you use time based units and how much time should be assigned to each task?   Read More

APD and Dyslexia

Deborah Moncrieff, PhD

June 30, 2003

My son was just recently tested for APD. He will be 7 in May so his age for the test was 6.5. My question does a child with APD also have Dyslexia? He has had a history of cronic ear infection since h...   Read More

Weight loss/gain and hearing aid fit

Kevin Kavanagh, MD

June 23, 2003

Does weight loss/gain cause the ear to change so much that the hearing aid will not fit properly? (Am only talking about a kilo or 2 of weight loss/gain. Have been told by an audiologist that the ear...   Read More


Dry aid kits and hearing aid batteries

Denis Carpenter

June 16, 2003

Can I put my hearing aid in the dry aid kit with the battery inside?   Read More


CPT coding for OAE testing

Steven C. White, PhD, CCC-A

June 9, 2003

I work at an ENT clinic and we see adults as well as children (not newborns). Is 92588 the appropriate code to use for billing (for OAE testing) for both groups of patients? If not, what would the app...   Read More


Selling Extended Coverage

Charles Stone, AuD

June 2, 2003

What is the best time to speak with patients about extended coverage plans?   Read More

Extending Hearing Aid Battery Life

Denis Carpenter

May 26, 2003

What can I do to make my hearing aid battery last as long as possible?   Read More

Cell Phones and Hearing Aids

Linda Kozma-Spytek, MA, CCC-A, CED

May 19, 2003

Do you have any recommendations for the best cell phones for use with hearing aids? Is this different for every style of hearing aid (i.e. BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC)?   Read More


Hearing Aids and the VA

Kyle C. Dennis, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA

May 12, 2003

Is the VA still covering/dispensing hearing aids to ''eligible'' vets?   Read More

The Gold Standard for Measuring Hearing Aid Success

Kenneth Smith, AuD

May 5, 2003

What is considerd to be the gold standard for measuring the success of hearing aid fittings?   Read More

Billing for Medicaid/Medicare

Steven C. White, PhD, CCC-A

April 28, 2003

Can an independant audiologist whose practice is located in the same building as a physician bill for medicaid and medicare without any physician referral(for all services, please)?   Read More

Extended Warranty

Charles Stone, AuD

April 21, 2003

Please describe extended warranty programs for hearing aids?   Read More

Choosing an Au.D. Program

Neil J. DiSarno, PhD

April 14, 2003

What features should I look for when choosing an Au.D. program?   Read More

Pre-kindergarten Hearing Screening

Cheryl DeConde Johnson, EdD

April 7, 2003

What do you suggest for prekindergarten hearing screening? We presently do pure tone testing on all students, but also do tympanometry measures on all pre kindergarten students as well. We are wonderi...   Read More


Written Referrals and Medicare

Robert C. Fifer, PhD

March 31, 2003

Is it necesary to have a WRITEN referral for a hearing test to be covered under medicare?   Read More

Transtympanic vs. Extratympanic Electrocochleography

John A. Ferraro, PhD, MS, ASHA Fellow, FAAA

March 24, 2003

Can you please explain the advantages and disadvantages of transtympanic versus extratympanic electrocochleography testing?   Read More

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