Welcome to Audiology’s 18x18 Campaign

The 18x18 Campaign focuses on amending Title XVIII (18) of the Social Security Act to provide for the treatment of Audiologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing audiology services under the Medicare Program, to provide for a broadened scope of audiology services available for coverage under the Medicare program and to enable Medicare beneficiaries to have their choice of qualified audiologist.

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“We have discussed this plan with our allies and we have every reason to hope that together, with the support of our collective members, we will achieve this objective within five years,” said Eric Hagberg, Au.D., former president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. “The 18 by 18 Campaign will require the dedication and commitment of every audiologist in order to succeed. It is bigger than any single organization—it is about securing the best future for our patients and our profession by ensuring that audiologists are recognized as the entry point for audiologic care.”

The proposed 18 by 18 legislation, if enacted, would:
  • Allow audiologists the autonomy to make clinical recommendations and practice the full scope of audiology and vestibular care as allowed by their state license and as dictated by their educational requirements and competencies.
  • Eliminate the need for the physician order required for a Medicare beneficiary to receive coverage of medically necessary, covered audiology and vestibular services.
  • Allow for expanded coverage to include all Medicare-covered audiologic services that audiologists are licensed by their states to provide, including medically necessary, covered treatment services such as vestibular rehabilitation, cerumen removal, and aural rehabilitation.