At hearing, VA opposes IHS-backed bill allowing it to hire hearing aid specialists to serve vets

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—A bill to advance the goal of Fit to Serve, an International Hearing Society campaign to give hearing aid specialists a greater role in caring for veterans with hearing problems, was debated during a March 27 hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health.   BILL’S SPONSOR SEES “UNACCEPTABLE” DELAYS…

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AAA to honor leading lights in audiology at AudiologyNOW! 2014 in Orlando

ORLANDO, FL—A pioneering audiologic researcher for more than 40 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the founder of a leading manufacturer of audiologic equipment, and a scientist who draws on her clinical experience in rehabilitative audiology and her training in experimental psychology to help older adults who suffer from both hearing and cognitive…

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Moe Bergman, pioneering audiologist and director of the first VA clinic, dies

HERZLIYA, ISRAEL—Moe Bergman, EdD, one of the last remaining founders of audiology, died on February 20 in Herzliya, Israel. He was 97. Dr. Bergman, a native New Yorker who moved to Israel with his wife, Hannah, in 1975, became involved in audiology in the 1930s, long before the term “audiology” was even used. In the…

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FDA’s proposed new PSAP policy draws mixed response, but mostly opposed

  By David H. Kirkwood SILVER SPRING, MD–The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has  more than 100, highly diverse, public comments to consider in deciding if it should implement or rethink a proposed new guidance document that it issued on November 7. The document, drafted by the Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices Branch of…

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AAA joins the opposition to expanding HA specialists’ role in serving veterans

By David H. Kirkwood RESTON, VA—As was reported here on January 1, the Association of VA Audiologists (AVAA) issued a statement on December 16, 2013, opposing proposed federal legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make greater use of hearing aid specialists in serving the needs of veterans with hearing loss…

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VA audiologists oppose bill to expand role of HA specialists in caring for veterans

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—Citing “significant differences in the education and training of audiologists and hearing aid specialists,” the Association of VA Audiologists (AVAA) issued a statement on December 16 opposing proposed federal legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire hearing aid specialists internally and to update its contracting policies…

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IHS unveils bill to enable hearing aid specialists to provide care to VA patients

     By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—The International Hearing Society (IHS) turned its Fit to Serve campaign up a notch last week with the introduction of federal legislation that would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire hearing aid specialists to provide care for veterans with hearing loss, tinnitus, and related conditions.…

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Meet Matthew Eversmann, spokesman for IHS’s Fit to Serve Campaign

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC–Twenty years ago, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Eversmann was under enemy fire in Mogadishu, Somalia, during a battle that inspired the 2001 movie Blackhawk Down. Eversmann, who had just been given his first command, led his paratrooper unit, Ranger Chalk Four, to the assistance of a U.S. helicopter crew.…

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VA-funded study will test effectiveness of motivational tools with hearing aid users

PORTLAND, OR—When people are fitted with hearing aids, they often face difficulty in obtaining the maximum benefit from them. That’s why the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which fits more than half a million hearing aids a year on U.S. military veterans, is sponsoring a 2-year pilot study to explore if certain tools and techniques…

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IHS says hearing aid specialists are “fit to serve” nation’s veterans

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC–Contending that the increasing number of U.S. veterans with hearing problems has outstripped the ability of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to meet their needs effectively, the International Hearing society (IHS) has launched a campaign to make hearing aid specialists eligible to provide to veterans with hearing evaluations and…

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