Smoking & Hearing Health
How Does Smoking Damage My Hearing?
The dangers of smoking cannot be overstated. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that cigarette smoking causes about one out of every five deaths in the United States each year. Along with cancers and other health risks, smoking has also been determined to cause hearing loss.
The amount of cigarettes smoked per day appears to be directly correlated to the severity of damage done to the ear. Nicotine as well as some of the other toxic substances found in cigarettes damages both the middle ear mechanisms as well as the inner ear. Nicotine has also been shown to impair the brain’s ability to hear and interpret sounds.
What Can I Do?
Quitting smoking can help alleviate the risk of hearing loss, although if you suspect that damage has already been done, call Advanced Hearing Group to schedule an evaluation and a hearing test. Early intervention is the key to successful treatment.
Hear Well. Live Well.
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 Health Network PPO,HMO, Medicare
Banner Medicare Advantage Dual (SNP)
Banner University LTC (AHCCCS)
Banner University Family Care (AHCCCS)
Blue Cross Blue Shield / All Plans / Banner
Cigna / All Plans / Banner
Fortified Provider Network (HMN)
Great West Health
Health Choice (AHCCCS)
Health Choice Pathway (SNP)
Health Management Network (HMN)
Healthnet (All Plans)
Humana / All Plans / Banner
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)
Molina Medicare Complete Care
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 ( Banner)
UHC Dual Complete (SNP)
UHC Community Plan (AHCCCS)
United Mine Workers Union (UMWU)
United Healthcare / All Plans / Banner
Washington State Labor of Industry