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SERVICES

Basic dental care, mental health counseling, and primary medical care (family practice physicians, care management/social services, lab services, nutritional counseling, health education, referrals to specialty care).

Seton Family of Hospitals provides primary medical care through Seton Community Health Centers, established to offer health care and social services to working and uninsured families in Central Texas. The centers are a medical home for community members who would not otherwise have access to health care as well as member-musicians of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

St. David’s Foundation provides dental care through the St. David’s Dental Program, which includes one of the largest fleets of mobile dental clinics in the country. The program serves elementary-age schoolchildren at Title I schools as well as HAAM member-musicians and low-income adults at area safety-net clinics.

The SIMS Foundation was founded in 1995 to provide access to and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin-area musicians and their families. Through its staff clinicians and a network of 60 therapists and treatment centers, SIMS serves more than 600 clients a year.

Estes Audiology Hearing Center’s goal is to provide adults and children in central Texas communities with superior and comprehensive hearing healthcare services.  It believes better hearing is a necessity in life and that the process involves knowledge, commitment and time.

A career in music can be hard on your ears — and the issue of hearing loss in the industry might be even worse for classical musicians.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with audiologist Marshall Chasin, who works with musicians who are losing their hearing. He says hearing loss among musicians is “very common, more common than one would think.”

“Hearing loss is not something that shows up after one day or even after one year,” Chasin says. “It shows up after 20 or 30 years of playing or being exposed to loud noise or loud music.”

Interview Highlights

On the early signs of hearing loss

“Usually, it’s painless. There’s no outward sign. Your ears don’t bleed, for example. But it’s usually your friends and your family that might notice long before the individual does. You may hear some ringing or tinnitus in the ears. When it gets a little bit more significant, you can hear pitch perception problems. So let’s say you’re trying to play C, but you hear it slightly flat as a B or a B flat. Both the ringing in the ears and the pitch perception problems can be career threatening, but until that happens, many musicians don’t realize they have a hearing loss.”. Read more about the best treatments from these sonus complete customer reviews.

COSTS

Sliding scale fees and minimal co-pays and charges are applicable to all HAAM services.

ELIGIBILITY

Currently, resources are limited, so we are serving eligible, working musicians. Each service has its own eligibility requirements. (see below)

PRIMARY CARE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (SETON):

  • Must reside in Travis County
  • Must provide 3 references who will be contacted to corroborate that applicant is a working musician (examples: club owners, booking agents, record labels, etc.)
  • Must currently be employed or have been employed in the last 12 months as a musician, and have the ability to document that employment.
  • Must be living at 250% of the Federal Poverty Level or below
  • Must NOT currently have health insurance and NOT have access to health insurance at less than 10% of gross income
  • Must NOT have had health insurance in effect for the 3-month period preceding this application, unless there is an IRS qualifying event
  • A working musician’s spouse, partner, and children may not be included to receive primary care services, however efforts will be made to locate services for them.

DENTAL CARE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (ST. DAVID’S):

  • Must reside in Austin or surrounding areas (50 mile radius)
  • Must provide 3 references who will be contacted to corroborate that applicant is a working musician (examples: club owners, booking agents, record labels, etc.)
  • Must currently be employed or have been employed in the last 12 months as a musician, and have the ability to document that employment
  • Must be living at 250% of the Federal Poverty Level or below
  • Must NOT currently have dental insurance

MENTAL HEALTH CARE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (SIMS):

  • Must reside in Austin or surrounding areas (50 mile radius)
  • A working musician’s spouse, partner, and children may be included
  • Please call the SIMS confidential client line at (512) 494-1007 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (512) 494-1007      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to apply

AUDIOLOGY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (HEAR PROJECT):

  • Must be a current HAAM member
  • Only one visit to the HEAR Project clinic is allowed
  • You will receive an email letting you know when you may call and schedule an appointment

 

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