Senate bill introduced to support IHS Fit to Serve initiative

WASHINGTON, DC—Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, introduced a bill on May 8 supporting the International Hearing Society’s Fit to Serve campaign, which would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to employ hearing aid specialists to meet the fast-growing needs of hearing-impaired vets. Senate bill S. 2311, which was co-sponsored by three other…

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Ray Rich, former IHS president, dies

Raymond “Ray” Rich, a leading figure in the International Hearing Society for half a century, died on March 11 in Cleveland at the age of 90. From 1966 to 1969, he served as president of the organization, then called the National Hearing Aid Society (NHAS), and he was also for many years president of the…

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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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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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Costco says its hearing aid business is growing fast

ISSAQUAH, WA–While it may not bring joy to its competitors’ hearts, Costco reports that its hearing aid business is growing fast. Interviewed for an online article published in Bloomberg Business Week on July 11, Richard Chavez, a senior VP at Costco, said that over the past four years its hearing aid sales have grown by an…

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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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Dr. Bob Martin, a prominent columnist, joins HearingHealthMatters.org

SAN DIEGO–Robert L. Martin, PhD, whose lively, down-to-earth articles have been informing, encouraging, and entertaining hearing care professionals for nearly a quarter-century, has joined HearingHealthMatters.org. Starting today (November 28), Bob Martin will be writing a bi-weekly post on theHearing Health blog, where he will be co-editor with Judy Huch, AuD. From 1989 through this year, Dr.…

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Hearinghealthmatters.org starts 2nd year with a new look and a new contributing editor

TUCSON, AZ—Hearinghealthmatters.org marked its first anniversary this week with the announcement of a new blogger and a new blog section. Readers will also note that the blog’s home page has been newly redesigned to be more attractive and make the site easier to navigate. Christine Diles, AuD, a veteran private-practice audiologist, will write her first…

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Indiana won’t stop licensing hearing aid dispensers

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s law licensing hearing aid dispensers dodged a bullet last week when a bill that would have deregulated dispensers and several other occupations was withdrawn. The proposed law would have eliminated a number of state boards, including not only the Committee of Indiana Hearing Aid Dealers, but also agencies regulating dietitians, cosmetologists, barbers security guards,…

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