1 out of 5 people walking into your office have an un-diagnosed hearing loss. What is your office doing to identify hearing loss and how are you approaching your patients on it?
Hearing loss is directly correlated to other health issues such as Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and Ototoxicity. Baseline screenings are essential for these patients (and other patients as well) for monitoring purposes as well as quality of life.
- Smokers have a 70% higher risk of hearing loss than non-smokers.
- Diabetics are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss.
- Over 200 medications are known to be ototoxic, including aspirin, some antibiotics, and some chemotherapy medications.
- 90% of people with Tinnitus also have hearing loss.
Asking your patients one simple question could dramatically improve their lives…How is your hearing?
Over 48 million Americans have hearing loss – with numbers rising among Baby Boomers. Though hearing loss has doubled in the past thirty years, awareness of this sometimes-subtle condition has not kept pace. Underlying issues like depression, isolation, anxiety, and paranoia aren’t always associated with hearing loss. Asking patients a few simple questions can determine how hearing loss impacts their day-to-day lives.
By becoming an advocate for hearing awareness and providing your patients with effective solutions, you will assist them in obtaining a better quality of life and enhance their trust in you as a total health care provider.
At Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, we will work with you and your patients to achieve these goals. Let us show you how to establish a simple hearing program that is fast, accurate and billable.
When to Refer Patients
Patients you should consider referring include:
- Patients age 55 and over, at risk of or with a history of falling
- Patients receiving cancer treatments
- Patients of all ages with traumatically induced dizziness or balance disorders
- Patients between the ages 19-54 with an associated diagnosis of dizziness or balance disorders
- Patients age 18 or younger with congenital dizziness or a balance disorder
Our protocols are designed to help your patients who present with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Unsteady gait
- Blurred vision
- History of or fear of falling
- Lack of coordination or imbalance
- Facial weakness or numbness
- Tinnitus or loss of hearing
Our comprehensive evaluation will provide both the doctor and the audiologist with important information about the patient’s inner ear balance system as well as the potential for rehabilitation.
Our recommendations will take into account your patient’s medical condition, lifestyle, and other individual needs. If a vestibular disorder is present, vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) will be recommended. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), one of the most common peripheral vestibular disorders, is particularly responsive to particle repositioning maneuvers as evidenced by a 98% treatment efficacy. Physical therapy will be recommended when appropriate.
Note: After the testing is completed, patients and all reports will be referred back to their physician.