Low Hearing Aid Uptake Focus of Recent Public Health Report

Cost continues to be one of the key barriers to hearing aid acquisition according to a new report published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). Citing several sources, chief among them a 2011 population-based, longitudinal study that found only one-third of adults with hearing loss acquired hearing aids, Jan Blustein & Barbara Weinstein…

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As AudiologyNOW Concludes, FDA Hearing Aid Panel Convenes

In 1993 the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) held their 5th annual convention in the Arizona desert. The official attendance for the meeting was reported to be 2,300. Move the clock 23 years and a new generation of audiologists joined a stalwart group of AAA founders, exhibitors, clinicians and countless others – some 6,000 attendees…

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Quality and Innovation to be Discussed at Upcoming FDA Hearing Aid Meeting

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be conducting its greatly anticipated workshop on April 21 in Washington DC. The FDA panel will examine topics ranging from the importance of FDA’s Quality System Regulation (QSR) to whether third-party voluntary standards could replace mandatory FDA controls for a new “basic” class of…

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When, Not if: More Disruptors Entering the Hearing Marketplace

On the heels of Starkey’s announcement of their industry-first partnership with the upstart hearable company, Bragi, more news of other products entering into the ear-level amplification space are emerging. As early as February 21st, hearing care professionals just might get a peek at a new hearing aid option for their patients. In a report from April 2015, Samsung…

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Upstart Belgium Company, Jacoti, Looks to Bring Hearing Care to Masses

During the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jacoti, bvba of Belgium, was named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards honoree. The company won for its Jacoti Hearing Suite. Judging from its press releases and website, Jacoti has a clear mission of bringing hearing self-testing and amplification apps directly to consumers and is…

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FDA Gives Approval for Over-The-Counter Home Hearing Test

SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA — Over the past year, there has been growing interest in the morphing of consumer electronics and medical devices. New product categories are being created and the hearing care industry seems to be on the brink of some significant changes, especially in light of the recent non-binding PCAST recommendations to re-regulate the…

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FDA Will Convene April Hearing Aid Meeting

SILVER SPRINGS, MARYLAND — In a January 6th press release the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will host a public workshop, “Streamlining Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for Hearing Aids,” on April 21, 2016, at the FDA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The workshop will outline the agency’s perspective on the current GMPs…

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IT’S OVER: IHS and ADA Call off 2016 and 2017 Unison Summit

The International Hearing Society (IHS) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) issued a joint statement to their respective members today, announcing the cancellation of the 2016 and 2017 Unison events. Readers may recall last March the two organizations stated they would be combining resources and offering a joint educational event in 2016 and 2017.…

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Amid “Profound Disruption”, Private Hearing Aid Market up 9%

Two recent articles in the mainstream press reflect the views of public health officials with respect to a pair of hot button issues: the hearing aid industry and the aging American population. In a October 31 Forbes article, Jason Karlawish, MD, a physician, author, and co-director of the Penn Memory Center and the Healthy Brain…

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Why Did Dr. Cassel Change Her Mind About Consumer-Driven Healthcare?

By now everyone in the hearing healthcare industry is familiar with the facts, but they bear some repeating:  There are millions of Americans with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss, and a mere 15 to 30% of this group use hearing aids, which are expensive, rife with stigma, and rarely covered by insurance. The consequences of…

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