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News Roundup for January 9: A Veritable Dog’s Breakfast of Stories from Around the Profession and the Industry.

New Study Examines Barriers to Hearing Care Services Among Medicare Population   In the January 2019 issue of Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed health policy journal, researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Cochlear Center for Hearing Loss and Public Health shed light on the accessibility of hearing care services in the Medicare-eligible population. Using 2013 survey data…

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Top Stories of 2018 and a Salute to Dickens’ Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits with him, Mr. Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. The ghosts in Dickens’ classic…

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JAMA Article Lays Path for Medicare Reimbursement of Hearing-Related Services

With OTC hearing aid regulatory guidelines looming, a few experts are beginning to consider the additional hearing rehabilitative services needed by some to ensure they receive maximum benefit from their purchase. Further, given the older population most in need of hearing aids, Medicare reimbursement for these clinical services is a significant issue. The 2017 OTC…

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Bragi Announces Tinnitus Relief Feature in New Earbuds

At this week’s CES in Las Vegas, Bragi, a leading manufacturer of wireless earbuds, unveiled an expansion of their partnership with Mimi Hearing Technologies that plans to take their products into a new, health-oriented direction. According to sources, this new personal sound amplification product will continue to offer end-users hearing enhancement, but with an added…

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A Preview of CES 2018 Shows Consumer Audio and Hearing Aid Technology Continue to Morph

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The annual Consumer Electronics Association meeting, held January 9th to 12th in Las Vegas, often provides us with a glimpse into the future. As user-friendly and relatively low cost consumer electronics devices continue to morph with stodgy medical devices. Billed as the world’s largest get-together of consumer electronic enthusiasts, the 2018…

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New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Task Force to Study Hearing Loss Services

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY — Lawmakers in the New Jersey state Assembly approved a proposal late last week to establish a task force to examine state services and support offered to residents that are deaf and hard of hearing. The measure had been previously approved by the state Senate this summer and will now need the…

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Hearing Tracker Acquires Hearing Aid Forums

During the last week of August, Hearing Tracker, a leading resource for consumer information about hearing technology and related services, announced the acquisition of Hearing Aid Forums.  With over 190,000 posts and 10,000 registered users, Hearing Aid Forums is one of the largest consumer-oriented websites in the world. The new forum with several new technical…

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Legislators Applaud Passage of OTC Hearing Aid Bill

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), along with Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) applauded the passage of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act as part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act…

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US Senate Passes OTC Hearing Aid Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC — The US Senate passed the FDA Reauthorization Act today. The legislation, as reported previously, contains a provision that directs the FDA to develop a category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. A House version of the bill was passed last month. The OTC provision of…

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Consumer Technology Association Unveils New Logo for OTC Hearing Aids at HLAA Convention

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) released a new logo for the potential new category of over-the-counter hearing aids for consumers with mild to moderate hearing loss.  CTA unveiled the new logo at the annual convention of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), held last week in Salt Lake City,…

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