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Why See an Audiologist? Your Hearing and Health Insurance Examined

November 2nd, 2011 0 comments
Audiology

Are you having problems with your hearing?  If you are constantly asking those around you to repeat things, or have a number of other needs related to your hearing and ears, then perhaps a trip to the audiologist is warranted.  Follow along for more on this subject.

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Why an Audiologist?

Let’s face it: we as human beings often ignore our needs.  Those with back pain sometimes wait weeks or months before seeing a chiropractor.  Some people ignoring the chronic nature of tension headaches, preferring over-the-counter medications to a trip to the doctor.  Likewise, perhaps you’ve been putting off a trip to the audiologist.

While we don’t have time to get into all the things an audiologist does, it is important to realise that their expertise is more relevant than you might think.  You might want to visit one periodically for hearing evaluations .  If you are experiencing dizziness or tinnitus (ringing in the ears), the audiologist can help to diagnose and treat the problem.

The audiologist isn’t only used by people who have already suffered a hearing loss.  However, if you are experiencing this problem, seeking expert medical attention is only sensible. It may be that your hearing problem is treatable, or perhaps a high-tech modern hearing aid will improve your hearing again.

Need good ear plugs, custom-fitted monitors (for musicians), or some other “smaller” audiological item? An audiologist can give you advice on these, too.

Your Audiologist and Health Insurance

Health insurance cover for audiologist treatment can be complex. As a general rule of thumb, you are usually covered for specialist audiology by your health insurance policy if referred by your primary doctor.  Thus, if you see your doctor due to tinnitus and are referred to an audiologist, it is likely the case that your coverage will stand.  However, as always, be sure to check with your insurer as policies vary in the coverage they provide.

Exactly what treatments and accessories are covered will also depend on the individual policy.  For instance, you might be covered for a general hearing check-up, but not for in-ear monitors after starting a band.  Contact your insurer if, after looking through your policy, there is anything about which you’re unclear.

At any rate, people have the right to be aware of all their health options.  Get your hearing checked if you feel it’s a wise idea for you. If you are having hearing problems, they can hopefully be identified and treated.  Check your insurance before booking an audiology appoitment and see where you stand in that respect; ask your primary doctor about obtaining a referral if necessary.

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