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IHS 69th Annual Conference Postponed Until 2021

LIVONIA, MICHIGAN — The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have rippled across the world, impacting everyone at home and at their places of business – including IHS. With government limits on group gatherings, health concerns for our attendees, exhibitor and sponsor recommendations, the uncertainty of airline travel, the possibility of an additional re-insurgence of COVID-19,…

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Congressmen Introduce Legislation Requiring Appointment of Hearing Aid Specialists at VA Medical Centers

WASHINGTON, DC — House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn) have introduced legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to “appoint at least one licensed hearing aid specialist at each VA Medical Center in the country”. According to the announcement, the legislation builds…

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IHS and NBC-HIS Announce Affiliation Agreement

LIVONIA, MICHIGAN — The International Hearing Society (IHS) and the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS) announced the signing of an affiliation agreement that brings together each organization’s complementary expertise under one roof. According to the announcement, each organization will maintain  as a separate entity with individual governance and budgetary structures, however,…

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National Guideline Standards for Hearing Aid Specialists Reinstated by US Labor Department

On May 24th, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Apprenticeship, announced it has reissued to the International Hearing Society (IHS) its Certificate for new National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation of Hearing Aid Specialist. According to an IHS press release, the program’s reinstatement marks it as the first federally-recognized and…

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UPDATE: OTC Hearing Aid Legislation Merged with FDA Bill, Now “Much More Likely” to Pass

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and International Hearing Society (IHS) learned yesterday afternoon that the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act legislation has now been attached to the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (MDUFA). According to AAA President Ian Windmill, the MDUFA bill is considered “must-pass” and is scheduled to…

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ADA Lawsuit Dismissed in US District Court

Last year the International Hearing Society (IHS) announced the creation of a Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate Program, described at the time as “a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on tinnitus patient care involving physiology, psychology, measurement, management, and practice organization.” Shortly after the announcement of this certification program, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) filed…

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IHS Responds to Suspension of DOL Apprenticeship Program

Editor’s Note: Following the Hearing News Watch story last week, Department of Labor Withdraws Apprenticeship Program for Hearing Instrument Specialists, we received a number of comments. We wanted to share one of those comments today with our readers. The content of today’s post was received from Richard Giles, President-Elect of the International Hearing Society (IHS).…

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Department of Labor Withdraws Apprenticeship Program for Hearing Instrument Specialists

As announced on November 18, the US Congress passed the Fit to Serve bill, allowing hearing instrument specialists to work directly with American veterans. Although the Fit to Serve legislation passed, it was not without substantial modifications. The bill, which is expected to be signed in the near future by President Obama, contains considerable patient…

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US Senate Passes IHS “Fit to Serve” Legislation: Veterans Mobility Safety Act of 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — The International Hearing Society (IHS) announced today that the US Senate unanimously passed H.R. 3471, commonly referred to as the “Fit to Serve” bill, on November 17, 2016.  The bill was backed in the Senate by S. 564 sponsors, Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Jon Tester (D-MT). H.R. 3471 cleared the US House of Representatives in…

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ADA Files Suit Against IHS Over Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate Program

DETROIT, MICHIGAN — The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), in a press release late last week, announced that it had filed a lawsuit against the International Hearing Society (IHS) regarding the Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate. The lawsuit was filed in Detroit, near IHS headquarters in Livonia, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of…

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