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Senators Warren, Paul, Grassley, Shaheen, Brown, and Sinema Introduce Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 19, 2021, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA) of 2021, along with Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced identical legislation (H.R. 1587) in the…

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ASHA Applauds CDC for Updated Mask Recommendations

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND — The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) applauds the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for issuing newly updated COVID-19 mask considerations that include adaptations and alternatives for people with hearing loss and other communication disorders. In a June 8 letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield, ASHA asked the agency to emphasize the need for…

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National Audiology Associations Issue Request to CMS for Removal of the Medicare Physician Order Requirement

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) sent a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) requesting the removal of the Medicare physician order requirement.  The physician order requirement “exceeds state scope of practice laws, impedes beneficiary access to care,…

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ASHA and HLAA Partner for World Hearing Day

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND — As the global health community prepares to mark World Hearing Day on March 3, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) are encouraging all Americans to prioritize their hearing health—starting today. “Unfortunately, a myth persists among adults in this country that hearing loss can be put on a back burner…

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Ida Institute Announces Partnership with ASHA

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND & NAERUM, DENMARK — The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Denmark-based nonprofit Ida Institute, announced the formation of a new partnership.  Founded in 2007 with a grant from the Oticon Foundation, the Institute has teamed up in the past with like-minded groups in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia. “Ida is…

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ADA Says ASHA Trying to Expand SLP Scope of Practice to Include Audiology Services

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY — In a strongly worded statement issued on April 13, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) accused the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) of attempting to expand the scope of practice for Speech-Language Pathologists to include audiology services. According to the statement, ASHA’s leadership has recently advocated the inclusion of hearing conservation within the SLP…

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A Report from the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show

Editor’s Note: As healthcare technology and consumer electronics devices continue to morph into new and exciting product categories, hearing care professionals are taking a more active role in their application. One of the most well-respected audiologists in the profession, Barry Freeman, attended last week’s CES in Las Vegas and submitted this eye-opening report for the…

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It wasn’t just a job: It was personal!

Dear Friends, As many of you have already read, I have retired from Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) after four extremely rewarding years as a founding editor. But before leaving the scene, I have some parting words for our readers, whom I have been writing for and about for longer than I could ever have…

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Institute of Medicine panel seeks ways to make hearing care more accessible and affordable

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—As part of an ambitious, two-year study to identify ways to make hearing health care (HHC) for adults more accessible and affordable, a 13-member ad hoc committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold a daylong open session on Monday, April 27. IOM, the health arm of the National…

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Hearing Industries Association leads an all-out effort for hearing aid tax credit

WASHINGTON, DC—When the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) holds both its biennial Hearing on the Hill and its annual meeting here this week, the trade association will be focused on passage of the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill (S. 315). Although similar legislation introduced in the past several sessions of Congress has never been enacted despite…

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