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Facebook Live Now Offering Closed Captioning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In an effort to expand access to its content, Facebook announced that it will be adding closed captioning to Facebook Live to make videos more accessible to people with hearing loss. According to Facebook, not all Live videos will have closed captions, but publishers can deploy captions for content broadcast on…

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As Vote Nears, HLAA Reaffirms Support of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act; Encourages Consumers to Contact Legislators

BETHESDA, MARYLAND — The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has reaffirmed its support this week of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 and has issued a call to action to encourage consumers, particularly those affected by hearing loss, to reach out to their Senators and Congressmen to vote in support of the legislation.…

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OTC Hearing Aid Opponents Find Unlikely Ally in Conservative, Pro-Gun Group

SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA — Opponents of the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act have found a new ally in a conservative gun-rights organization: Gun Owners of America (GOA). The 1.5 million-member organization has expressed concern that the measure would change the way certain hunting products are regulated, specifically Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) which are used by many…

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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act Re-introduced into New Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 was introduced into the 115th Congress on Monday, March 20th. It is a bipartisan bill that would allow hearing aids to be sold over-the-counter (OTC) to address mild to moderate hearing loss. Like a similar bill introduced late last year, this bill was in sponsored…

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Australian Consumer Commission Puts Hearing Aid Industry “On Notice” Over Business Practices

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Coinciding with World Hearing Day, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a new report that puts the “hearing aid sector on notice”. The report, Issues around the sale of hearing aids, encourages industry reform, such as reconsidering commissions, disclosure and sales practices. The ACCC is Australia’s competition regulator and is tasked…

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Important Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Study Sheds Light on OTC Delivery Model

As most know, accessibility and affordability of hearing aids is a hot button issue of national importance. On March 3, for example, the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine posted a summary of the issue surrounding over-the-counter hearing aids on their website. Authored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) the…

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HLAA’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy to Focus More on OTC Hearing Aid Bill, Less on Tax Credit Legislation

BETHESDA, MARYLAND — For nearly 15 years, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has put its support behind legislation allowing consumers to receive a tax credit for the purchase of hearing aids. The Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act (S.48), which was recently reintroduced in the US Senate by Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy…

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Hearing Aid Tax Credit Bill Reintroduced in US Senate

WASHINGTON, DC — On January 5th, Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill (S. 48) in the US Senate. If the proposed bi-partisan legislation is enacted, it will provide a $500 tax credit per hearing aid purchased, with the credit available every five years.  Similar versions of the…

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At CES Hearing Aids and Consumer Audio Continue to Morph

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — With more than 175,000 attendees, 3,800 exhibiting companies and 2.6 million square feet of floor space spread across three locations, the Consumer Electronic Show– now so familiar it’s simply “CES” -is one of the largest annual conventions in the world. Everything from drones to self-driving cars, from smart canes to smart…

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FTC to Hold Hearing Aid Workshop

On April 18th the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a workshop in Washington, DC . The purpose of the workshop is to examine several of the issues surrounding the current marketplace for hearing aids, including competition, innovation, and consumer protection.   As per a January 4th press release, the FTC’s workshop, “Now Hear This:…

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