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Government Reimbursement for OTC Hearing Devices Gaining Attention

Australian-based wireless earbud company, Nuheara, which recently announced product expansions and a unique partnership with the National Acoustics Laboratories and HEARing CRC, also made news last month when they reportedly petitioned the FDA to expedite the implementation of the Over-the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act legislation, signed into law by President Trump in August 2017.…

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New Study Examines Why Americans Pay More for Healthcare

The blanket term used to describe hearing instrument specialists, audiologists and even otolaryngologists is hearing healthcare professional.  As the term implies, each of these professions is part of the greater healthcare sector of the economy. Hence, a recent study examining the drivers of cost in the American healthcare system should be of interest to everyone…

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With Many Left to their Own Devices, Consumer Reports Offers Advice on PSAPs

Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) have been the center of controversy among hearing care professionals for several years. This debate surrounding PSAPs is not without merit, as PSAPs are essentially unregulated by the FDA. Hearing care professionals are likely to recall the FDA in 2009 and 2013 issued what it refers to as “draft guidance”…

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Bragi Announces Tinnitus Relief Feature in New Earbuds

At this week’s CES in Las Vegas, Bragi, a leading manufacturer of wireless earbuds, unveiled an expansion of their partnership with Mimi Hearing Technologies that plans to take their products into a new, health-oriented direction. According to sources, this new personal sound amplification product will continue to offer end-users hearing enhancement, but with an added…

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Like past years, OTC was Hot Topic in 2017, Plus Bon Voyage to Holly and Wayne

Except for politics and earmold venting, there is not a more contentious topic among hearing care professionals than the re-regulation of hearing aids. Upon second thought, the re-regulation of hearing aids is wholly a political issue, and it’s a topic that Hearing News Watch has covered for more than two years. Twenty-seventeen marked the third…

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American Academy of Audiology Board Meets with FDA, Congress, and Private-Payer Representatives

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the board of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) conducted meetings last week with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), members of Congress, and representatives from the private-payer community. According to an announcement to its membership on October 30th, AAA said its board used the meetings to represent audiology’s…

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After Launch of ReSound LiNX 3D, GN Posts Strong Q2 Results; CEO Says Company to Compete in Upcoming OTC Market

BALLERUP, DENMARK — GN Store Nord A/S announced the results of the company’s half-year financial report on August 17th, noting a 15% revenue growth in the second quarter (Q2), driven by strong performance at GN Hearing and GN Audio. According to the financial report, GN Hearing’s revenues increased by 12% in Q2, with an organic…

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Clementine Wear Wins National Science Foundation’s Hearable Challenge

On August 17, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NineSigma announced that Samplified Audio and Clementine Wear were the winners of their Hearables Challenge. The Hearables Challenge was announced in April 2017 with the primary goal to showcase audio solutions that improve speech understanding in noise that can be applied to consumer audio products. The…

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It’s Official: President Trump Signs OTC Hearing Aid Legislation into Law

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, August 18, President Trump signed the FDA Reauthorization Act into Law. Within the FDA legislation, a provision was included that directs the FDA to develop a category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. After passing in the Senate earlier this month by a vote…

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How Do Audiologists Feel About OTC Hearing Aids? Survey Results Now Available

TUCSON, ARIZONA — Hearing Health and Technology Matters (HHTM), a leading online resource on all topics related to hearing, has released the results of their Audiologist OTC Hearing Aid Survey. The online survey was conducted between August 1st and August 8th, 2017, with the purpose of exploring the views of audiologists on the subject of Over-The-Counter (OTC)…

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