The Plural of Anecdote is NOT Data

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. I participated in two events this week. One informed the other. The first event was the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Workshop held in Washington DC on April 18th. The other was the March for Science  which, in my current geographical…

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Over the Counter and Through the Woods to FTC’s House We Go

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.   It has NOT been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone. Legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to permit over-the-counter (OTC) hearing devices to be sold to the public without any requirement for…

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Regulation of Hearing Aids in the US, part 3

The US Hearing Aid Industry Comes Under Scrutiny and Regulation by the FTC1 The industry’s expanding sales and capital were the result of technological innovation as well as intense marketing campaigns by the manufacturers.   Celebrity marketing and fake testimonials were a big part of these campaigns.  Luminaries ranging from Bob Hope to Bernard Baruch were…

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Regulation of Hearing Aids in the United States, part 1

Hearing aids are categorized as Class 1 or Class 2 medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration. The large majority of hearing aids are in the Class 1 category, which means they are exempted from the premarket notification and FDA clearance requirement. Hearing aid manufacturers are required to register their establishments and bring their…

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