Hearing aid dispensing groups back new FDA restrictions on PSAPs; HLAA does not

  The following post was originally published on February 5 and updated on February 6. By David H. Kirkwood ROCKVILLE, MD–Three more organizations concerned with hearing submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week on the agency’s proposed guidance document, which would tighten existing restrictions on the marketing of personal sound amplification products…

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Football and hearing issues came together for the Super Bowl

By David H. Kirkwood EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—There were a lot of hearing angles to the 2014 Super Bowl, played last Sunday in New Jersey. For one thing, there was the Seattle Seahawks’ much heralded (and much criticized) “12th Man,” as the team’s incredibly noisy legion of fans came to be known. As noted by ASHA’s Joe…

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ASHA joins partners from five nations in International Communication Project 2014

ROCKVILLE, MD—Consider the following: An estimated 40 million people in the United States have communication disorders. In Canada, a third of employed people who have hearing difficulties say that their conditions limit the amount or kind of work they can perform. More than 1.1 million Australians have difficulty communicating. These statistics and others like them…

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Hearing aid establishment and PSAP advocates clash over proposed FDA regulations

For an updated post on this subject, click here. By David H. Kirkwood ROCKVILLE, MD–A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal to tighten existing restrictions on the marketing of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) is arousing both a storm of criticism and strong support from various interested parties. Although the February 5 deadline for…

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Hearing health advocates keep on battling to pass hearing aid tax credit law

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—In what has become a biennial ritual, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act was once again introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. The measure, S. 1694, introduced on November 13 by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), calls for a non-refundable $500 tax credit for…

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Audiologists wage grassroots campaign against direct-to-consumer hearing aid sales

  By David H. Kirkwood When hi HealthInnovations announced two years ago that it would start selling “high-tech, lower cost hearing devices” directly to consumers, hearing healthcare organizations immediately denounced the plan. They contended that in bypassing the hearing professional, hi’s distribution model would provide inferior hearing solutions and would also endanger patients whose hearing…

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Craig Johnson, former ADA president and advocate for autonomy in audiology, dies

OWINGS MILLS, MD—Craig W. Johnson, a pioneering audiologist who founded and ran the first private audiology practice in Maryland and then became a leading advocate for his profession, died on October 9. A native of Baltimore, Johnson was one of the few audiologists ever to simultaneously hold leadership positions with two major professional audiology organizations.…

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ASHA campaign alerts Americans to early signs of hearing and speech problems

  ROCKVILLE, MD—The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing issues. The initiative, dubbed Identify the Signs, was inspired by a survey of ASHA members that found that public lack of awareness of the signs of communications problems is the…

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Audiology organizations clash over federal legislative strategies

This post was updated on June 27. By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—The major professional organizations in audiology are more divided now than ever over which federal legislation will best support their members’ ability to serve Medicare beneficiaries. In past years, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and,…

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New hearing aid tax credit bill would benefit people of any age

WASHINGTON, DC—Lead sponsors Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) were joined by eight co-sponsors in reintroducing Hearing Aid Tax Credit legislation into the Congress on March 21. These and other sponsors will work to ensure that the measure is considered during the 113th Congress, one in which major federal tax reform is…

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