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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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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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Is CVS Looking to Take on Costco Hearing Aid Centers? Company to Add Dozens of Hearing Clinics to Stores Across US

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND — CVS Pharmacy, the largest pharmacy chain the US, announced in April that the company is looking to massively expand the number of hearing centers it has across the country. The company currently has a handful of hearing centers in select markets, which it launched in 2015, and it is now looking to…

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Apple Reportedly Hired Secret Team of Experts to Develop Game-Changing Tech for Diabetes; Possibly for Use in AirPods

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA — According to multiple reports this past week, Apple is said to have hired a “top secret” team of biomedical engineers to develop sensor technology that can non-invasively monitor blood sugar levels to manage diabetes. While the company wouldn’t be the first to attempt such a feat, the tech giant certainly has…

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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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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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Chinese Cochlear Implant Maker, Nurotron Biotechnology, Expands into Europe

HANGZHOU, CHINA — Chinese cochlear implant maker, Nurotron Biotechnology, announced last month that it has expanded into the European market, with the recent implantation of a Spanish man and a Polish woman. The company now has a presence in 9 countries throughout Asia, Latin America and now, Europe. Following implantation surgery at the Medical University…

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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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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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