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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.

Among other ailments, smoking causes hearing loss by damaging both the middle ear mechanisms as well as the inner ear.

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.

Mesa Office

480-376-7076
Mon – Fri | 8am – 5pm

North & South Scottsdale Offices

480-608-9817
Mon – Fri | 8am – 6pm

We Accept Most Insurances

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Will health insurance cover my hearing aids? What about ear wax removal?

Insurance covers many hearing & audiology services

Health insurance companies cover a variety of hearing aids. Since there are often specific requirements, and/or limitations on what or how much is covered, it is important to thoroughly understand what your health plan offers. It is our goal to find the type of hearing aid that is most suitable for your hearing loss. We will also help you understand your treatment options as they relate to your health insurance coverage.

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.

AARP / AARP Medicare Complete / Banner
ACN Connected Care
Aetna / ALL plans/ Banner
Alaska Care
Arizona Care Network (ACN)
Arizona Complete Health (AHCCCS)
Allwell Commerical / AHCCCS
Ambetter
Ameriben
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)
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield / All Plans / Banner
Cigna / All Plans / Banner
CMDP (AHCCCS)
Cofinity
Core Civic
Coventry
First Health
Fortified Provider Network (HMN)
GEHA
Gilsbar
Golden Rule
Great West Health
Health Choice (AHCCCS)
Health Choice Pathway (SNP)
Health Management Network (HMN)
Healthnet (All Plans)
Health Smart
Humana / All Plans / Banner
ICE Health Services (IHS)
Imperial Insurance
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Medicare Part B
Medicare Railroad
Magellan Complete Care
Meritus
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
Multiplan/RAN
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)
UMR
United Mine Workers Union (UMWU)
United Healthcare / All Plans / Banner
Wellcare
Washington State Labor of Industry

Mesa Office

480-376-7076
Mon – Fri | 8am – 5pm

North & South Scottsdale Offices

480-608-9817
Mon – Fri | 8am – 6pm

We Accept Most Insurances

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Smoking & Hearing Health was last modified: May 24th, 2023 by Olivia