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Audiology - What is an Audiologist?

Answers to who are audiologists, where do they work, and what is their role in dispensing hearing aids, are provided by the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Audiologist Directory is available at this site under Resources - Patients. Once you have names, consumers might also check your state's licensure database

Ear Tubes - Effectiveness (2017)

Comparative Effectiveness review: Tympanostomy Tubes in Children With Otitis Media. Purpose was to assess effectiveness and harms of tympanostomy tube (TT) surgery in children with persistent middle ear fluid or recurrent ear infections. Published by AHRQ, May 2017

Ear Tubes - What is Myringotomy Surgery?

Brief, consumer-friendly explanation of Ear Tubes, by the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). Covers what ear tubes are, who needs them, outpatient surgical procedure, and what to expect after surgery. Complications are reportedly minimal. Link to find an ENT surgeon (Ear/ Nose/ Throat).

Hearing Aids (NIDCD)

Overview of different types of hearing aids, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Hearing Problems and Deafness (MedlinePlus)

Hearing loss is a major problem, estimated to affect about 1/3 of Americans ages 65 to 74, and nearly half over 75 years old). Read what the experts have to say about hearing disorders, digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, deafness, assistive listening devices, hearing & balance, earwax, audiograms, testing and hearing screening in infants, and find links to reputable organizations in this field

Sound Advice on Hearing Aids

The Federal Trade Commission has prepared this short reference post on buying a hearing aid, getting an ear examination, and having hearing evaluations done by dispensers or audiologists. State regulations may exist in your state, to protect consumers

Cochlear Implant Assistance Program - Financial Help

Financial Assistance may be available for a small supply of cochlear implant devices through the Cochlear Implant Assistance Program. linked at the nonprofit Colorado Neurological Institute. CNI states the total cost is about $65,000

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Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007

Find average prices for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon's or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price then was $2369; upper GI endoscopy $3131; cataract & lens was $4870; tonsillectomy $5286; knee cartilage $7357; hernia repair $8187; outpatient gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) $10,838; breast biopsy $3863; lumpectomy $7458; ear tube surgery (myringotomy) $3547; D&C $6366; arthroscopy $8970; incontinence procedures $9929; vericose veins $8459; bunionectomy $7699; wrist fracture $7807; $4770 for circumcision. Consumers will need to adjust the 2007 prices to estimate 2018 costs; possibly add 35-40% for a rough estimate. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief #86 published February 2010 unfortunately still has not been updated. No longer Editor's Pick

Consumer Guide to Prevention - UPSTF Recommendations  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 94 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2018. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine

Health of Veterans - National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) has assembled studies and reports of the health of our military and veterans. Topics include chemical and biological agents (including agent orange, mustard gas and sarin); deployment health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), health of former POWs, and hearing loss/ tinnitus. Special reports for Gulf War (Iraqi Freedom), exposure in Afghanistan, Viet Nam, Korean War and World War II veterans

Iowa - Average Price for Ambulatory Surgery 2017

Learn about average price for IA hospital-based ambulatory outpatient surgery, before adding surgeon fee or other professional charges. 2016-2017 prices. Check one procedure at a time. Upper GI endoscopy $5,475; Colonoscopy averages up to $7,986; simple cataract about $7000; Tonsillectomy over age 11 $8183; one ear tube $6542; shoulder surgery %19k to $21,000; laparoscopic gall bladder removal averages $16k to $20,000 in hospital charges. Individual hospitals shown if they have enough volume. From Iowa Hospital Association

MedlinePlus: Traveler's Health

Topics for consumers who travel, such as jet lag, ears and altitude, motion sickness, in-flight medicine, traveler first aid kits, Cruise ships, Zika, vaccine recommendations, pregnancy and flying can all be found at this site

MN Physician fees, office visit cost, colonoscopy, more

Find how much physicians charge for over 100 professional services in Minnesota, ND, SD, WI through Minnesota HealthScores' Cost Report feature. Compare prices over 150 participating medical groups, and hundreds of clinic locations in Minnesota, and some border communities, for doctor office visits, lab tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, minor office surgical procedures such as ear wax or wart removal; immunization, psychotherapy. Obstetric services, including inpatient delivery. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children's Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke's, St. Mary's Duluth Clinic, Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Report by MN Community Measurement. Does NOT include facility charges which are in the thousands for colonoscopy or childbirth. Interactive easy-to-use format. Costs shown are claims through BCBS, Health Partners, Medica, and Preferred One in 2016. Unclear if it's price before or after discounts

Montana Hospital Outpatient Surgery and Test Costs

Compare MT hospital charges for ambulatory surgery and diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, breast biopsy, cardiac stress tests, cardiac catheterization. All prices EXCLUDE surgeon fees and other physician costs. PricePoint system shows facility prices in the past, for common surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, cataracts, ear tubes, knee cartilage, bunions (median $5483, $2000 more for big toe), child's appendix removal, carpal tunnel, skin lesions, upper GI endoscopy; x ray, CT, MRI and other radiology imaging prices listed; 2015 costs

Oregon Hospital Guide to Costs

Compare up to 3 hospitals at a time on 2015 costs paid by commercial insurance companies or patient-paid amounts. Median amounts shown for 100 most common outpatient procedures and 50 most common inpatient procedures. Medicare and Medicaid are excluded. Includes maternity & newborn payments, heart care, stents, cardiac cath, hip and knee replacement, many surgery payments such as cataracts, hernia, hysterectomy, kidney removal, gall bladder, breast biopsy, carpal tunnel, mastectomy, tonsillectomy, endoscopy, shoulder surgery, appendectomy. Amounts paid for CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, x-ray and ultrasound; chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Site by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) to meet state requirements. Consumers can try to get an idea of 2018 prices by calling the hospital

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2017: Ear, nose, and throat

Uses 3 years of Medicare data (minimum 45 cases), to select the top 50 best hospitals for ENT. Top of the list: Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear (Mass Gen), Boston. Strong weight to Reputation scores and volume. Rankings also consider survival rates

Vermont - Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2013 (pdf)

Table 2A lets you compare average gross charge (the closest you will get to average cost) for most common outpatient surgical procedures at 14 general hospitals in VT. Prices for procedures such as carpal tunnel ($4241), cataract surgery (average $5720), endoscopy ($2671), bladder endoscopy $1419, knee cartilage surgery ($6609 average), shoulder surgery (18,580), gall bladder removal (average $11,631, range $8404 to $25,707 for laparoscopy), breast biopsy (avg. $4038), other biopsies, ear tubes (average $3044), tonsillectomy (about $5900), nerve block ($1717), bunion removal (range $6276 to $17,348), nonsurgical skin treatments (avg $2356), hernia repair $9191, and many more procedures; 12-month avg. charges ending Sept. 30, 2013, DO NOT include the surgeon or other physician fees. As with all of Vermont's reports, the font size is about as small as you can get. More than two years old. Table 2B shows how many of those procedures the hospital did

Wisconsin - Ambulatory Surgery Facility Charges, 2014

Average 2014 charges in WI for 20 common ambulatory surgery procedures, such as Colonoscopy (6 codes), Endoscopy, Biopsy, Spinal Injection, Cataract & Lens ($7455 hospital average), outpatient Knee surgery/arthroscopy ($12,191), Carpal Tunnel ($6279), Ear Tubes, and more. Volumes for each hospital and surgical center are shown for top 20 only. Go to Chapter VI, Table 28 for a longer list of procedures including gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy). Prices do NOT include surgeon and physician fees, which may cost thousands of dollars and could double prices shown. Consumers should add inflation to estimate 2016 facility prices. Scroll to bottom of page for Chapters VI and VII Ambulatory Surgery, published by WHA Information Center 2015

Wisconsin PricePoint - Outpatient & Ambulatory Surgery Cost

Compare outpatient and ambulatory surgery volume and charges for colonoscopy, cataracts, eardrum surgery, shoulder or knee surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, removal of tonsils & adenoids, appendectomy, breast biopsy, endoscopy, gallbladder (cholecystectomy), upper GI, heart catheterization and more. Compare hospitals and surgical centers. Typical (median) price in county and statewide Wisconsin median prices shown for 2016-2017. Prices exclude surgeon and other doctors' fees which may double the numbers you see here

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