Did you know that hearing loss is the third most common chronic disorder for Americans 65+, after arthritis and high blood pressure?
Did you know that hearing loss in seniors can be linked to falls?
Did you know that Medicare recipients have very limited access to the treatment that they need for hearing and balance disorders?
A group of audiologists nationwide, including NAIPC Greater Atlanta Chapter member Rita Chaikan, are working to change that. This week, Rita, with Academy of Doctors of Audiology Executive Director Stephanie Czuhajewski, visited Capitol Hill to advocate for the Audiology Patient Choice Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) that, if passed, will eliminate the requirement for a referral to get hearing services, improve access to hearing services for Medicare recipients, and allow patients to choose their own provider.
NAIPC supports this lobbying effort. Take a moment to contact your legislator today and pledge your support, too.
To read more about the Audiology Patient Choice Act, click here.