Tech Savvy, Old, Contemplative and Distorted: Four Underserved Groups Who Could Benefit from OTC Products

by Brian Taylor, AuD “Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD. It’s natural to feel frustrated and unappreciated when a patient with hearing loss rejects your recommendation of hearing aids. It’s even worse when patients with this chronic condition fail to even make an appointment for an evaluation. Those negative feelings, alas,…

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But Wait…There’s More! Part 2 – Labeling

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.   This is the second of three posts that summarizes the Hearing Industries Association’s (HIA) recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Device Evaluation, the office primarily responsible for promulgating the OTC hearing aid rules following the passage and signing of…

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But Wait…There’s More! (Part 1)

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.   As widely reported, President Donald Trump signed the FDA Reauthorization Act into law on August 18th. As part of this law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is directed to create and regulate a new category of hearing aids that can be sold…

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Relationship between OTC Price and Behavioral Performance: A Guiding Light

by Amyn Amlani, PhD   The reality of over-the-counter (OTC) products becoming federally regulated took one step closer to certainty last week. The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (HR 2430), which includes provisions for OTC hearing aids for adults with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss, passed successfully through the US House of Representatives in July 2017…

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Not all States are Equal When It Comes to Costco and Audiologists

Last post in the Costco series initiated rudimentary analyses of hearing-related market growth in the US by comparing aggregate variables in the top 25 states ranked by Costco presence (“Top” states) versus the lower 25 states (“Bottom” states).  Top states exceeded Bottom states, in adjusted per capita measures (feature image).  Compared to Bottom states, the Top…

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