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The Affordable Care Act and Tinnitus

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in effect for the past several months, many people are wondering how it applies to their tinnitus treatment. It’s a good question, and one that deserves some attention – from policy holders as well as politicians on the national scale.
Historically, devices to treat tinnitus have received spotty coverage. Some networks and providers cover some or all of the testing, but not the actual purchase of the equipment. It’s a disappointment given the number of Americans – more than 50 million – who suffer from the affliction. But with the ACA in its infancy, changes on coverage of devices and treatments for tinnitus could happen.

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We All Serve

As you have already read in several of my previous posts, I consider working with the military to be one of Neuromonics’ most important missions. So many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to the United States with many issues. One of those is tinnitus, which is, of course a major focus for us.

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Sophia’s Story

I was told that nothing could be done for my tinnitus by my ENT and that I needed to live with it for the rest of my life. I am a “non-standard” tinnitus patient in that I developed tinnitus as the result of an acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma). The tinnitus became worse after surgery and I also developed a sympathetic tinnitus in my good ear. I used to feel tortured by the non-stop loud sound. I had difficulty relaxing and falling asleep because of the tinnitus.

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Simon’s Story

The tinnitus came first. I was in my last year of high school when I first noticed it – just a high pitched noise that came and went. I didn’t know what caused it, as I didn’t go to rock concerts or night clubs and I was never near any kind of noisy machinery as a child. At first, I didn’t go to the doctor because it wasn’t so bad at that time.

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Janet’s Story

I love my job as a first-grade teacher. In 30 seconds, my life changed when I had a headache that was unbelievable. Two days later, I found out that I had a sudden hearing loss in the right ear and then the ringing. That loud, annoying ringing in my ears was so hard to take. The doctor put me on steroids and then told me to live with the ringing. I couldn’t stand it. I saw a tinnitus specialist and she suggested Neuromonics. I had to do something.

After nine months of using the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment, I got my life back and I am loving my job even more. I find it easier to concentrate at my job and can sleep through the night.

I have control of tinnitus and it does not have control of me!

Chris’ Story

When landscape gardener Chris Booth went out to meet up with friends for a drink one night 20 years ago, he didn’t realize that it was a journey that would change his life. On the way there, a drunk driver ran into him head-on. Chris was thrown into the windshield, bashing his head on the steering wheel on the way through. While he recovered quickly from the physical injuries, he believes the accident was the start of a lifetime of tinnitus.

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