A few blog posts back, I mentioned how I found myself more of an educator than a CEO in my new role at Neuromonics. Now several months later, it remains the same. We take a lot of pride in our products, and are very happy to share our findings and treatments with audiologists and the hearing community at large.
With an ever-growing patient base, and the deluge of military service members reporting this affliction, a tinnitus specialty makes sense.
It makes a lot of fiscal sense to add tinnitus treatment to your roster of services. I’ve been saying this for some time now. And with many sensible treatment options available now for the audiologist to consider, treating tinnitus is no longer a shot in the dark.
In the last blog post, I talked about why adding a tinnitus specialty to your audiology practice is a practical and smart addition.
The Baby-Boomer generation reached retirement age relatively recently. Now, those who were part of the “Summer of Love, Vietnam and Woodstock” are beginning to feel the effects of their age. It’s a big slice of the American people. It’s also a big challenge (and big potential market) for audiologists called upon to solve the problems that a lifetime of exposure to loud noises has created.
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.
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.