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Hearing Industries Association Responds to Paul Martin Interview; Addresses Opposition to Florida Legislation

Editor’s Note: Last week, HHTM published an interview with Paul Martin, audiologist and founder of Blue Ocean Advisors, LLC. In the article, Mr. Martin explained why he supports a proposed amendment to a bill in the Florida state legislature (SB 700), which would change the current laws surrounding the provision of hearing aids in the…

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FDA Requests Companies Stop Issuing Misleading Registration Certificates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a statement issued this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that it is aware that certain companies are producing and issuing “FDA Registration Certificates” that may look like official government documents and include unauthorized use of the FDA logo. The FDA is also aware that “some registration certificates…

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Hearing Industries Association Sends Letter to Florida Legislators Opposing SB 700 Bill Amendment

Last week, the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) sent a letter to Florida state legislators about the SB 700 telehealth bill. An amendment to the bill (#302884) is said to expand telehealth in the state and make direct mail hearing aids available to adults in Florida.  Amending the current laws surrounding hearing aid distribution in Florida…

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AudiologyNOW and FTC Workshop Focus on Innovation & Competition

As the month of April draws to a close, as large parts of the country continue to wait for the full bloom of spring, audiologists look back on two recently concluded events. Key topics at both events hold potentially monumental consequences, as government regulatory agencies wrestle with issues related to competition, innovation and consumer access.…

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HIA Makes Statement About New OTC Hearing Aid Legislation

While the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) of America agrees with the basic idea of increasing accessibility and affordability of hearing aids, in a December 3rd press release, they expressed concerns about the recently proposed Warren-Grassley legislation intended to create a new category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. The primary concerns expressed in the HIA statement…

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BREAKING NEWS: US Senators Warren and Grassley to Introduce “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016”

WASHINGTON, DC — Prominent US Senators, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), announced today that they will introduce the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016 when the US Senate returns to session. Citing recommendations from the recent PCAST and NAS reports on hearing aid accessibility and affordability, the bipartisan legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available…

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Recent Reports Bring Audiology & Hearing Aids into National Spotlight

On April 21st the FDA heard several hours of arguments both in support and against recent PCAST guidance on the deregulation of hearing aids in order to improve affordability and accessibility for consumers. A broad range of experts, including audiologists, physicians, scientists and consumer advocates presented data to support their respective view of the possible…

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Quality and Innovation to be Discussed at Upcoming FDA Hearing Aid Meeting

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be conducting its greatly anticipated workshop on April 21 in Washington DC. The FDA panel will examine topics ranging from the importance of FDA’s Quality System Regulation (QSR) to whether third-party voluntary standards could replace mandatory FDA controls for a new “basic” class of…

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HIA Opposes New Wifi Spectrum Over Concerns of Wireless Hearing Aid Interference

Technical experts claim the nation may run out of the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi spectrum, resulting in a wireless traffic jam with more data being transported over Wi−Fi than any other medium. Most consumers encounter this traffic jam when attempting to download mobile content in densely populated settings, such as airport terminals, apartment buildings, college campuses,…

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Sivantos Unveils New Hearing Aid Brand: Signia

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY — One year after the transfer of Siemens hearing aids to the Sivantos group, it was announced late last week that the group would be introducing a new brand to the marketplace. During their recent Aspire customer loyalty meeting, which brought more than 300 hearing care providers to Nashville for a three…

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