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Audiology, Inc.

 

Phone  719.520.1155

LOCATION  & DIRECTIONS

Dr. Gene McHugh

Licensed Audiologist

In Colorado

OFFICE HOURS

Mountain Time USA

Mon-Thurs

9:00AM-5:00PM

Closed Fridays

 

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For Physicians and Allied Healthcare Providers

 
Surveys indicate that people tend to view hearing loss as a medical problem. As such, physicians are an important source of information and hope for people with hearing problems. When physicians screen hearing during health exams, they can determine if hearing loss exists and counsel patients on how to best treat the problem. At present, surveys suggest only 16% of physicians in the U.S. routinely screen hearing.   Physicians' greater awareness of both the physical and psychological effects of hearing loss can help their patients enjoy life more fully.  For more information, contact the Better Hearing Institute.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?

 

What we can do for YOUR patients:

  • Diagnostic audiometry (using standardized calibrated equipment) measured in a professional soundbooth -  initial hearing evaluations are usually at no charge to your patients

  • Hearing aids (full services including all types of hearing aids at reasonable costs to your patients

  • Ear cleanings under microscope  

  • Medico-legal reports as necessary  

 

Why I can or should refer to Dr. McHugh?   

Physicians and staff have referred their patients when:

  • Their patient is having obvious difficulty hearing their doctor or staff, or fails a hearing screening

  • Their patient wishes to have their hearing professionally tested by an audiologist (initial examination by referral is free)

  • There is asymmetrical hearing loss

  • There is sudden onset of vertigo, tinnitus, or other otologic symptom and a hearing test could augment the initial medical diagnosis

  • Their patient would like an opinion regarding hearing aid assistance

  • Their patient is homebound or in a nursing home and needs hearing aid assistance  

 What are the best ways for me to screen MY PATIENTS for hearing loss?

  • Use any kind of screening audiometer with tone presentations of 20dB, 25dB, and 40dB. Use the table below to determine referral criteria.

  • Ask your patient or his family if the individual is having hearing problems?

 Geriatric (60 years and older):

  • 40dB hearing loss at 1.0 and 2.0kHz, either ear

  • Self assessment of communicative disability

 Adult (25-60 years)

  • 25dB hearing loss at 1.0, 2.0 or 4.0kHz, either ear

 ChIldren (5-25 years)

  • 20dB hearing loss at 1.0, 2.0 or 4.0kHz, either ear

 Children (2-5 years)

  • Slow speech and language development

  • 20dB hearing loss at 1.0, 2.0 or 4.0kHz, either ear

  Self assessment questions to ask ADULT and GERIATRIC patients:

 

 Have your patients answer the following form with either "Yes," "Never," or "Sometimes."

 Does a hearing problem:

  • Cause you to feel embarrassed when you meet new people?

  • Cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family?

  • Cause you difficulty when someone speaks in a whisper?

  • Cause you to feel disabled?

  • Cause you difficulty when visiting friends or relatives?

  • Cause you to avoid going to religious or social events?

  • Cause arguments with family members?

  • Cause difficulty listening to T.V.?

  • Cause you to limit your personal or social life?

  • Cause you difficulty when in a restaurant with relatives or friends?

 Tabulate the patient's score using the following scores:

  • YES = 4 points

  • SOMETIMES = 2 points

  • NEVER = 0 points

 Summary:

  • 0-8: No handicap

  • 10-24: Mild-moderate hearing disability

  • 26-40: Severe hearing disability

 Taken from Ventry & Weinstein (1983) in Guidelines for Audiologic Screening, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Panel on Audiologic Assessment), 1997.

Free Hearing Exams for your Patients

  • As a physician, you can refer patients to our office without wondering if the patient's insurance will cover the exam. A completed report will be sent.

  • Free exams encourage patients with hearing problems to take the first step without incurring unnecessary expense.

Hearing Aids

      We provide most brands of hearing aids. The two main considerations when fitting aids are the style (in-the-ear, in-the-canal, completely-in-canal or behind-the-ear) and circuitry. Higher technology hearing aid circuits are usually programmed by computer. The primary benefit is the ability to fine tune the instrument to your patient's particular hearing needs. Costs range from $1200-2400 per hearing aid.  

 

Insurance Coverage for Hearing

      There are very few insurances that cover the cost of hearing aids.  At best there is a discount applied if a provider agrees to take a certain insurance, but in our experience the fee the patient ultimately pays is rarely lower that ours.  I find this deceptive, so I do not accept insurance.  If the patient wants to send it in to see if insurance will pay somethings, we will provide them a superbill.