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What your patients need to know about a new law aimed at those with hearing loss

A new law aims to make hearing aids cheaper and more widely used by making them available over-the-counter without a prescription or a doctor’s involvement. Is this good news for the estimated 48 million people who suffer from hearing loss? Or is this yet another example of marketing prevailing over medicine, similar to how online eyewear retailers are stepping on eye doctors’ toes? Read on to find out myths and facts about hearing loss and OTC hearing aids so you can better educate your patients on this topic.Read More

Eye doctors can help identify early hearing loss in at-risk patients, ensuring they get treatment

If our eyesight was failing, most of us would go see an eye doctor. And if our hearing was failing, most of us would…put off treatment for years, risking further deterioration and depression? It may seem hard to believe, but that’s exactly what the research indicates.Read More

Patient education, engagement, and convenience are critical pieces of the health care puzzle for this population

Reducing the burdens of chronic disease is one of the biggest challenges facing the health care industry today. More than half of Americans are currently living with at least one chronic disease—such as diabetes, heart disease, or asthma—while nearly a third of patients are managing two or more of these conditions, according to a report by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD). Chronic diseases are the number one cause of death and disability in America, and take a huge toll on the quality of life of patients and their family members.Read More

As a doctor, your patients’ health is your top priority. You educate your patients on the fact that chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity are the leading causes of death and disease in this country. You teach patients that prevention and a healthy lifestyle are key to reducing risk.Read More

If they don’t work in factories or play contact sports, your patients may not think about eye injuries or how to prevent them. Yet thousands of Americans are treated each year for serious eye injuries, nearly half of which occurred at home, according to a recent public survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma. Other misconceptions about eye injuries abound. Given that October is Eye Injury Prevention Month, this is a great time to educate your patients on eye injury facts and best practices.Read More