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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 American Academy of Audiology. Site will soon reactivate its directory to Find An Audiologist. Once you have names, consumers might also check your state's licensure database

Ear Tubes - Overuse of Typanostomy Tubes (2008)

Research conducted with AHRQ funding, found that 70% of ear tube surgeries were inappropriate, and just 7% met the criteria established by an expert panel. Overuse of typanostomy tubes studied in 682 children, five New York hospitals, 2002 data. Published in British Medical Journal Oct. 2008

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

Other Helpful Listings

AMA: 271 Clinical Performance Measures for Physicians, 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

The American Medical Association's Consortium for Performance Improvement has agreed on 271 measures in 42 clinical topics, that are supported by evidenced-based clinical guidelines. Topics include diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart care, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, pneumonia, emergency care, prenatal testing, cancer screening, smoking, prostate cancer care, ear and eye problems, depression, surgical infection prevention, GERD, end-stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, substance abuse, wound care and more. Written for medical professionals, but consumers might learn something about appropriate physician care

Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007  Editor's Pick

Find average prices (mean charge) for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon's or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price 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 2010 facility costs; 2007 prices for many surgeries were up 25% to 41 percent over 2003 prices. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief # 86 is based on 28 states (2/3 of US population) published February 2010

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2015  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 95 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Sample Topics: Screening Mammography at age 50, Cancer (e.g. which is more cost effective - colonoscopy or fecal occult blood testing for colorectal cancer?), recommended screening for bladder cancer or skin cancer, Heart Disease (including aspirin for prevention), smoking cessation, screening for depression in children, diabetes screening, folic acid supplements, glaucoma screening, osteoporosis, COPD and spirometry

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 2011

Learn about average price for IA hospital-based ambulatory outpatient surgery, before adding surgeon fee or other professional charges. Upper GI endoscopy $4,358; Colonoscopy averages up to $4440; cataract $5163; Tonsillectomy $6082; laparoscopic gall bladder removal averages $11k to $13,000 in hospital charges. 30 procedures listed (scroll to bottom of report) from Iowa Hospital Association April 2012

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, medical exams for international adoption, what Medicare covers outside the US, pregnancy and flying can all be found at this site

MN Physician fees, office visit cost, colonoscopy, more

Find how much physicians charge for 105 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 what BCBS, Health Partners, Medica, and Preferred One PAID in 2008, after their discounts. Consumers should assume 2011 prices are higher

Montana Hospital Outpatient Surgery 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 last year's facility prices for common surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, cataracts, ear tubes, knee cartilage, bunions, child's appendix removal, carpal tunnel, skin lesions, upper GI endoscopy; 2010 costs

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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