hi HealthInnovations drops online hearing test after FDA warns that it’s illegal

By David H. Kirkwood  SILVER SPRING, MD–The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has thrown a monkey wrench into hi HealthInnovations’ controversial new online program to test consumers’ hearing and sell them custom-fitted hearing aids without any involvement by licensed hearing healthcare professionals. In a letter dated March 28, 2012, Steven Silverman, director of the Office…

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After talking with United Healthcare, AAA and ADA say their concerns remain

As observed here last week, recent meetings between leaders of several professional hearing healthcare organizations and executives of United Healthcare (UHC) and its subsidiary hi HealthInnovations (UHC/HI) seem to have done little to resolve the issues that divide them. The key area of disagreement is the new hearing aid benefit being offered to consumers covered…

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Professional groups take unified stand on direct-to-consumer hearing aid sales

LIVONIA, MI–Although United Healthcare (UHC) and leaders of several professional associations in hearing care sat down last month to talk with one another (see our February 7 post), there’s little sign that the differences between them can be reconciled. On the one hand, UHC’s subsidiary, hi HealthInnovations, seems fully committed to selling hearing aids directly…

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UHC/hi HealthInnovations and professional groups discuss their differences

WASHINGTON, DC—Executives with United Healthcare (UHC) and its subsidiary, hi HealthInnovations, held a series of meetings last week with leaders of professional organizations that have been strongly critical of its newly introduced direct-to-consumer hearing aid distribution model Since the beginning of January, the company has been selling hearing aids directly to consumers, without any involvement…

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Jerry Yanz joins hi HealthInnovations

MINNETONKA, MN–Jerry L. Yanz, PhD, an audiologist who has held prominent positions with hearing aid manufacturers, has been appointed vice-president of hearing health at hi HealthInnovations™, a UnitedHealth Group  company. Yanz, who most recently was director of audiology at Hansaton-US, will lead a team of hearing health professionals in implementing the introduction of hi HealthInnovations’ new…

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