Medicare drops national coverage decisions for some lobotomies, tinnitus masking, others

The Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services will officially remove national coverage decisions for 7 procedures under a program initiated in November 2013, including stereotactic cingulotomy, tinnitus masking and more. The Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services are removing national coverage decisions for 7 medical procedures, including certain types of lobotomies and tinnitus masking devices, after a year-long review initiated in November 2013. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)News Well, Reimbursementread more
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ConclusionHe-Ne laser acupuncture achieves the satisfactory effects on treating nervous tinnitus and it is easily accepted by the patients. Hence, this therapy deserves to be promoted in clinical application.
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Audiologist Anthony Kovacs understands the hearing dangers of being a musician. Before he began spending his days protecting peoples’ hearing, he put his own at risk. Kovacs sang with punk band Shot Baker—he still performs and records with them occasionally—and worked at live music venues when he wasn’t on stage. Now he focuses his full-time practice on treating people with tinnitus. He still goes to music festivals and performances, but usually as more than an audience member. Last month he took a group of audiology students from his alma mater—University of Northern Colorado—to the Boh...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Audiology Health Care News Slider tinnitus Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: The narrow-spectrum antibiotic sarecycline was safe, well tolerated, and effective for moderate to severe acne, with low rates of side effects common with tetracycline antibiotics. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(9):987-996. PMID: 30235387 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Tags: J Drugs Dermatol Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 September 2018Source: NeuroscienceAuthor(s): Martin PienkowskiAbstractSound therapies are a common component of treatments for tinnitus and hyperacusis. The original idea was to partially or completely mask tinnitus with broadband noise delivered by sound generators or hearing aids, for a few hours each day. Over several months, many patients reported that their tinnitus became quieter or easier to bear, and that loud sounds became less aversive. However, it wasn’t always clear that these benefits could be attributed to sound therapy rather than to other aspects of treatment, suc...
Source: Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Condition:   Tinnitus, Subjective Interventions:   Drug: Wuling Capsule;   Drug: Oryzanol Sponsor:   Xijing Hospital Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Publication date: Available online 18 September 2018Source: NeuroscienceAuthor(s): Amarins N. Heeringa, Calvin Wu, Christopher Chung, Michael West, David Martel, Leslie Liberman, M. Charles Liberman, Susan E. ShoreAbstractTinnitus alters auditory-somatosensory plasticity in the cochlear nucleus (CN). Correspondingly, bimodal auditory-somatosensory stimulation treatment attenuates tinnitus, both in animals and humans (Marks et al., 2018). Therefore, we hypothesized that tinnitus is associated with altered somatosensory innervation of the CN. Here, we studied the expression of vesicular glutamate transporters 1 and 2 (VGLUT1...
Source: Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Conclusion: Audiologist-delivered CBT led to significant improvements in self-report measures of tinnitus and hyperacusis handicap and insomnia. The methods described here may be used when designing future randomized controlled trials of efficacy. PMID: 30242355 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal of Audiology - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Am J Audiol Source Type: research
Objective: We investigated the hypothesis that childhood obesity is a risk factor for sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) independent of other metabolic risk factors. Study Design: A complex, multistage, stratified geographic area design for collecting representative data from noninstitutionalized US population. Methods: A total of 5,638 adolescents between age 12 and 19 from the NHANES database (2005–2010) were studied. Subjects with body mass index>= 95th percentile were classified as obese. SNHL was defined as average pure-tone greater than 15 dB HL for 0.5, 1, and 2 kHz or 3, 4, 6, and 8 kHz in at ...
Source: Otology and Neurotology - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Source Type: research
Objective: Evaluate the relationship between objective audiometric and vestibular tests and patient symptoms in superior canal dehiscence (SCD) syndrome. Study Design: Retrospective chart review. Setting: Tertiary care center. Patients: Ninety-eight patients with SCD, preoperative threshold audiograms, cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP) thresholds, and computed tomography (CT) imaging were included. Clinical reports were reviewed for self-reported SCD symptoms. Twenty-five patients completed the Hearing Handicap Inventory (HHI), Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), Autophony Index (AI), and the...
Source: Otology and Neurotology - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Vestibular Disorders Source Type: research
ConclusionComprehensive neurotological workup results in diagnoses that would go unrecognized otherwise, allowing patients to receive prompt treatment for medically important conditions, some of which may be causally related to their neurotologic complaints. However, the value of each study for routine testing of patients with neurotologic complaints remains controversial; and the evidence presented herein should help practitioners determine what studies should be included in his/her patient assessment.
Source: American Journal of Otolaryngology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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