IS A REFERRAL NECESSARY

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Colorado Springs

Audiology, Inc.

 

Phone  719.520.1155

LOCATION  & DIRECTIONS

Dr. Gene McHugh

Licensed Audiologist

In Colorado

and Staff

 

 

OFFICE HOURS

Mountain Time USA

Mon-Thurs

9:00AM-5:00PM

Closed Fridays

 

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REFERRAL  INFORMATION

 

FOR HEARING AIDS

 
 
     If you are being seen to procure hearing aids, you do not need a referral from another professional.  You may see an audiologist without a referral and receive all services.   

     The exception is if you belong to an insurance provider that is covering the full or partial cost cost of hearing aids.  In the Colorado Springs region, there are few insurance providers that include hearing aid benefits. 

     And as noted throughout this web page, Medicare does not cover hearing aids*.  As a result, we no longer participate with Medicare as a provider for hearing testing or cerumen management (ear cleaning). 

     Nonetheless, hearing aid fees in our clinic tend to be lower, and sometimes much lower than other providers who do take Medicare for hearing examinations; and more importantly, we maintain the highest ethics with regard to providing hearing aids only when it is necessary.

        

FOR HEARING TESTING

    Audiology testing, by itself is different.  Testing is sometimes covered by insurance but for the audiologist to be paid, this usually requires a medical referral in order for the service to paid.  This is true for Medicare recipients.  Federal government employees may see an audiologist directly.   

     For the last fifteen years, we have provided basic audiology testing at no charge unless the sole purpose is for only testing (for example - hearing testing when the purpose is other than interest in purchasing hearing devices from our office). 

     One of most common questions I have had to answer over the last 30 years is "Why doesn't Medicare cover hearing aids?"   When Medicare started in 1965, hearing aids were not included.  Considering the economic environment, it is probably safe to predict that hearing aids never will qualify for Medicare coverage.     

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