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Dennis S. graduation

Back to learning after overcoming Meniere’s disease

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Written by: Dennis S. “For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth.” — Zoe Skylar This quote is one that I recently found, but it describes how my adult life has gone, minus … Continued

woman with her doctor

Navigating your insurance: covered parts and accessories

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Some examples of parts and accessories that are generally covered by insurance are cables, coils, magnets, and rechargeable batteries.   To verify medical necessity, we will request a letter or certificate of medical necessity from your clinician. This documentation typically includes the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes (HCPCS codes) that apply to the specific … Continued

girl with money and piggy bank

Ways to reduce your costs – paying for parts and accessories

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Determine Your Payment Options Flex Spending Account (FSA): An FSA is a pre-tax savings account for out of pocket medical costs. You may establish an FSA during your employer’s insurance open enrollment period, if available. FSA funds can only be used for the portion of the cost not covered by insurance, and the funds do … Continued

Katie S. sitting on statue

Off to college with a cochlear implant

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Written by: Katie S. I was not born with my hearing loss; it is the product of a “series of unfortunate events” as I like to call it. These events ultimately led to the loss of most of my natural hearing capability in my left ear as an eleven year old. After five years of … Continued

Did you know Cochlear’s Reimbursement & Insurance Services may be able to bill your insurance company directly for replacement parts, accessories and repairs?

Did you know Cochlear’s Reimbursement & Insurance Services may be able to bill your insurance company directly for replacement parts, accessories and repairs?

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Cochlear implants While health plans have their own definitions of medical necessity, cochlear implants are recognized as standard treatment for severe-to-profound deafness and most insurance companies cover them. In 2004, Medicare, Medicaid, the Veteran’s Administration and other public health care plans covered cochlear implants. In 2004, more than 90 percent of all commercial health plans … Continued

girl playing in pool with her mom

Come on in! The water’s fine. Have confidence in the water with an Aqua+

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It says, teaching a child to swim is an investment in a child’s safety, physical and emotional well-being. For grownups, swimming is a great workout. It builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. However, people and caregivers who are conscientious about protecting their sound processor investment may be leery about getting wet. But there’s no … Continued

Tom R HearO of the Year

Congratulate HearO of the Year winner “Tom R.” for his outstanding volunteerism

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Our volunteers truly embrace and embody Cochlear’s mission. They empower others by instilling confidence to advance their hearing experience. In addition, our volunteers transform lives by spreading awareness about hearing loss and by changing the perception of how hearing devices can impact one’s life. Our volunteers similarly find innovative ways to connect with others and … Continued

Richard Reed

10 hearing tips helped musician reconnect with music

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Music is everywhere in the world. It enriches our lives and accompanies our rituals – from birthdays to weddings and beyond.   But for many cochlear implant recipients, whether you’re trying to experience music for the first time or reconnecting with it, enjoying music can often require time and effort.   For Richard Reed, a … Continued

woman looking at phone

Wireless streaming makes “hearables” the most popular wearables in the world

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In 2018, fifth generation Bluetooth® wireless streaming was native in the world’s leading smart phones and Bluetooth headsets were the most popular wearable device in the world—providing a connection that lets the wearer tune in or tune out the world.   It turns out, hearable wireless technology is a powerful equalizer. It increases the range, … Continued

Ear Community Picnic

Cochlear partners with Ear Community to support hearing loss advocacy efforts

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Creating a community At the time of Ally’s birth, there wasn’t enough information available about options for children born with hearing loss. So, Melissa embarked on her mission to gather and share information about resources and options by establishing the Ear Community. During early childhood, hearing is critical to a child’s development and can impact … Continued

Cochlear wins the heart of busy city clerk

Cochlear wins the heart of busy city clerk

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“It had done a good job. But it was starting to get tired. It had a lot of deterioration on the top of the exterior and the microphones didn’t seem to work as well. I wasn’t getting the full benefit anymore,” said Kris.   When her Baha 3 Sound Processor hit five years old, Kris … Continued

Bring Back the Beat Worlds

How to help regain hearing music with Bring Back the Beat

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The primary objective of cochlear implants is to optimize speech intelligibility. Given the emotional power of music, it’s no surprise that more than one cochlear implant recipient has said, I can understand speech with the sound processor, but music doesn’t sound as good as it used to.   The issue is that music is a … Continued

Volunteer Blog

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Velda M says cochlear implants are as close to natural hearing as she can remember

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Velda M. was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease after experiencing severe episodes of vertigo. Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disease that typically affects one ear and can cause pressure or pain in the ear, severe cases of dizziness or vertigo, hearing loss and a ringing or roaring noise, also known as tinnitus. Here is her story during … Continued

After years of isolation due to hearing loss, cochlear implant recipient lives life to the fullest

After years of isolation due to hearing loss, cochlear implant recipient lives life to the fullest

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John B. knew his hearing had hit rock bottom when he misheard a question during a work presentation to about 250 coworkers about a big project. He still remembers the day just like it was yesterday. John was an expert lip reader, but after answering the question in great detail, he noticed the shocked faces … Continued

Volunteer Appreciation

Cochlear Volunteers are paying it forward with the gift of time

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Paying it forward When asked why she became a Cochlear volunteer, Suzy H., a Cochlear recipient and volunteer from Portland, OR responded, “I would like to pay it forward. Being available to help others who are feeling stuck or just starting out on their hearing journey can make a real difference. I think it is important … Continued

Bring Back The Beat

Rediscovering the joy of music with new app, Bring Back the Beat

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To help address this problem, Cochlear has developed “Bring Back the Beat”, a new learning app in the form of a game to help adults with Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implants to reconnect with the joy of music. Research shows that focused attention to music and listening practice improve appreciation of music. The interactive app brings to … Continued

Lisa and family

The wonderful world of sound—times three

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Lisa and Ryan are the parents of three children born with hearing loss as a result of a genetic event called Connexin 26. This type of hearing loss is pre-lingual, occurring before the age of speech development. Today, Ella Marie age 9, and twin sisters Isabella and Sophia age 7, are all bilateral cochlear implant … Continued