As talk of hearing aid deregulation in the U.S. continues to swirl, over the past two weeks, there have been several hearing aid-related articles in the popular press.
In a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor, Garden City, New York audiologist, Roy Sullivan, PhD, responded to a January 12th WSJ article, titled “How Trump Can Help Millions Hear.” In his rebuttal, Dr. Sullivan emphasized that the retail cost of hearing aids is “one-third product and two-thirds process.” A commonly cited fact that, according to Dr. Sullivan, is misunderstood by consumer advocacy groups.
With the somewhat provocative headline of “hearing aids may soon be over-the-counter and connect to WiFi devices,” a January 28th Washington Post article reviewed the market forces that may lead to federal changes in hearing aids regulations. The article also quoted executives at both the American Academy of Audiologists and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and how each organization views disruptive technology and possible regulatory changes.
Further, the article mentions that the Consumer Technology Association has prepared PSAP standards, with the intent of providing a ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ for such products.
Consumer Reports on Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss
Finally, Consumer Reports published three articles related to hearing aids and hearing loss. Posted on February 3rd, one article discusses consumer cost saving tips when purchasing hearing aids, the link between hearing loss and other common chronic medical conditions and a short article comparing the features of two popular PSAPs.