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A Preview of CES 2018 Shows Consumer Audio and Hearing Aid Technology Continue to Morph

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The annual Consumer Electronics Association meeting, held January 9th to 12th in Las Vegas, often provides us with a glimpse into the future. As user-friendly and relatively low cost consumer electronics devices continue to morph with stodgy medical devices. Billed as the world’s largest get-together of consumer electronic enthusiasts, the 2018…

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Early Hearing Detection Bill Passes Congress, Awaits President’s Signature

WASHINGTON, DC — Following the lead of the US Senate, which passed the legislation on September 7th, the House passed the bipartisan Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act on October 3rd. The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), would reauthorize EHDI programs for the next five years. According to the American…

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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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Burdens of Hearing Loss and Dementia Expected to Put Pressure on Current System

If you’re a newly minted Doctor of Audiology, chances are good that by the end of your career you will see a near doubling of the number of people with hearing loss in the United States. Fueled mainly by a steady shift toward older adults, a recent report in JAMA-Otolaryngology, indicated that by 2060 more…

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As Vote Nears, HLAA Reaffirms Support of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act; Encourages Consumers to Contact Legislators

BETHESDA, MARYLAND — The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has reaffirmed its support this week of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 and has issued a call to action to encourage consumers, particularly those affected by hearing loss, to reach out to their Senators and Congressmen to vote in support of the legislation.…

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Maine Legislators Considering Hearing Aid Insurance Coverage for All

AUGUSTA, MAINE — A state legislator in Maine has proposed that the state require insurance plans cover hearing aids for people of all ages. Representative Jim Handy, a Democrat from Lewiston, proposed a bill in which insurers would be required to pay up to $3,000 per hearing aid to those that need them. The bill, which…

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Father and Son in $16 Million Dollar Hearing Aid Insurance Fraud Scheme

DALLAS, TEXAS — A federal grand jury indicted a Texas father and son this week in what is being alleged as a $16.7 million dollar insurance scam targeting American Airlines workers. Licensed hearing aid dispensers, Terry Anderson, 66, and Rocky Anderson, 36, were each charged on 15 federal counts by the U.S. attorney for the…

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At CES Hearing Aids and Consumer Audio Continue to Morph

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — With more than 175,000 attendees, 3,800 exhibiting companies and 2.6 million square feet of floor space spread across three locations, the Consumer Electronic Show– now so familiar it’s simply “CES” -is one of the largest annual conventions in the world. Everything from drones to self-driving cars, from smart canes to smart…

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Hearing Loss Prevalence in Adults under Age 70 Continues to Decline

Over the past 50 years, as the United States has moved from a manufacturer-based to a knowledge-based economy, hearing loss among American adults aged 20 to 69 has declined, even as the number of older Americans continues to grow. This was the conclusion of a recent JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery report published December…

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Infrared Device Developed by MIT Researchers Could Significantly Improve Ear Infection Diagnosis

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with a pediatric otolaryngologist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, have developed a device that could significantly improve the ability of doctors to accurately diagnose ear infections (otitis media). The device, which is said to ultimately function much like a typical otoscope, utilizes shortwave infrared light…

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