Hearing impairment is a medical condition requiring evaluation and diagnosis by a physician, preferably an otolaryngologist - head and neck surgeon. Hearing and balance testing may be conducted by a physician or appropriately trained personnel conducting such test or other acts under the physicians's supervision in order for the physician to make a medical diagnosis as well as prescribe treatment and rehabilitation. A medical diagnosis is made after a complete medical history, physical examination, and review of appropriate audiologic, laboratory, and imaging studies and should be reimbursed by third party payers.
Adopted June 2004
Submitted for Review 4/13/95
Submitted for Review 3/1/98
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Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results.
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