Ototoxicity & Hearing Health
What is Ototoxicity?
Ototoxicity is the property of being toxic to the ear, and it is commonly medication-induced. The purpose of medication is to treat medical conditions, but sometimes the side effects of the medication can outweigh the benefits. There are currently over 200 medications on the market that have ototoxic side effects, meaning that they have a toxic effect on the ear or its nerve supply. Large doses of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), certain antibiotics, diuretics and cancer medications may all cause hearing loss.
What Can I Do?
Hearing loss originating from ototoxic medications can sometimes be reversed once the medication has been discontinued, although some individuals experience permanent damage. Talk with your doctor about the potential side effects of any medications to limit the risk of ototoxicity.
Don’t wait to have your hearing checked, in cases of ototoxicity, early intervention is vital. If you suspect your hearing has been compromised, call Advanced Hearing Group to schedule an evaluation and a hearing test.
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Will health insurance cover my hearing aids? What about ear wax removal?
Insurance covers many hearing & audiology services
Most insurance typically covers the cost of earwax removal services, with the patient paying only their standard policy deductible. However, the cost of earwax removal is not as expensive as you might think – without going through insurance, the cost of a standard earwax removal is $95.00 for either one ear or two.
We proudly contract with the insurance companies listed below. Our list is constantly growing, so check back often to see if your company is included. Alternatively, you can call us for assistance with your plan’s coverage, or to see if we contract with your insurance.
ACN Connected Care
Aetna / ALL plans/ Banner
Arizona Care Network (ACN)
Arizona Complete Health (AHCCCS)
Allwell Commerical / AHCCCS
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment (AHCCCS)
Arizona Medical Network (AMN)
AZ Complete Health Care
Banner University Medicare Advantage (SNP)
Banner University LTC (AHCCCS)
Banner University Family Care (AHCCCS)
Blue Cross Blue Shield (Auth required for Banner)
Children's Rehabilitation Services (CRS)
Cigna (All Plans)
Fortified Provider Network (HMN)
Great West Health
Health Choice (AHCCCS)
Health Choice Pathway (SNP)
Health Management Network (HMN)
Healthnet (All Plans)
Healthnet Federal Services
Humana (All Plans)
ICE Health Services (IHS)
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Medicare Part B
Magellan Complete Care
Mercy Care Advantage (SNP)
Mercy Care Plan (AHCCCS)
Mercy Care Group Health
Mercy Care RBHA
Mercy Maricopa Integrated
Molina Care (AHCCCS)
Oscar Healthcare (Cigna only)
OWCP (Workers Comp.)
Refugee Medical Asst. Program (RMAP)
Southwest Services Administrators
Tricare West Region / HNFS
Triwest / VA Community Care
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
UHC AARP Medicare Complete (Auth required for Banner)
UHC Dual Complete (SNP)
UHC Community Plan (AHCCCS)
United Mine Workers Union (UMWU)
United Healthcare (Auth required for Banner)
VA Community Care
Washington State Labor of Industry
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