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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Florida Congressman the Latest to Co-Sponsor OTC Legislation, Despite Negative Ad Campaign Targeting GOP Supporters

LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA — Congressman Vern Buchanan announced yesterday in a press release that he has co-sponsored the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act to help make hearing aids more affordable for seniors. In the announcement the congressman noted how approximately 50 million people in the US have hearing loss, which is a problem that is particularly…

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OTC Hearing Aid Opponents Find Unlikely Ally in Conservative, Pro-Gun Group

SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA — Opponents of the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act have found a new ally in a conservative gun-rights organization: Gun Owners of America (GOA). The 1.5 million-member organization has expressed concern that the measure would change the way certain hunting products are regulated, specifically Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) which are used by many…

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Upcoming NASEM Meeting Continues Discussion on Affordability and Accessibility of Hearing Care

On Friday, June 9th the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) will convene a full day meeting devoted to accessible and affordable hearing care for adults. The meeting will begin at 9 am EDT and is a continuation of the December 7 NASEM meeting focused on this topic. You can attend the June…

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HLAA’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy to Focus More on OTC Hearing Aid Bill, Less on Tax Credit Legislation

BETHESDA, MARYLAND — For nearly 15 years, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has put its support behind legislation allowing consumers to receive a tax credit for the purchase of hearing aids. The Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act (S.48), which was recently reintroduced in the US Senate by Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy…

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President Obama Supports OTC Hearing Aids as Part of Fair Competition

Legal titan and former Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis decried what he referred to as the “curse of bigness” – a school of thought reaching back to Thomas Jefferson that says the American economy is better off when there’s smaller companies competing head-to-head with each other.  With his term in office ending soon, President Barack…

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ADA Supports OTC Hearing Aid Bill; AAA Applauds FDA Decision to Eliminate Waiver

In a move that perhaps caught some in the audiology community by surprise, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) announced its support of S.9, the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016. In a statement released by ADA, it said that the organization “commends Senators Warren and Grassley for their foresight in introducing and advancing…

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FDA Eliminates Hearing Aid Medical Clearance Regulation – Effective Immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today during the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Dissemination Meeting, Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability, Eric Mann, Chief, Ear, Nose and Throat Devices Branch of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it does not intend to enforce the requirement for adults…

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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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Public Comments to FDA Provide Valuable Insights on PSAP Fray

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND — During the April 21 FDA public workshop several key stakeholders weighed in on the issues surrounding the regulation of hearing aids and PSAPs. And, as per usual, in true democratic fashion, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will  take public comments into consideration before making final decisions. According to their…

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