HHTM Hearing News Round-up: This Week’s Notable Stories

With so much news happening to report on, this week we bring you a synopsis of timely news items that may be of interest:   Age-related Hearing Loss Continues to be a Huge Burden   An online report from The US Burden of Disease Collaborators, recently published by JAMA, indicated age-related hearing loss continues to…

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Is Web-based Auditory Training Gaining Traction?

The recently passed over-the-counter hearing aid legislation is considered by many hearing healthcare providers to be a shot across the proverbial bow.  The pending re-regulation, which is expected to involve the creation of a product category, sold directly to consumers, could result in more providers offering unbundled services. As the profession looks for new ways…

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ADA to Host Audiology Hackathon Series

According to a recent press release, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) will host a 3-part online Audiology Hackathon series to bring audiologists, students, consumers, and other experts together virtually, for the purpose of addressing specific issues, and to foster greater awareness and action around hearing health as a public health concern. The Audiology…

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Amplifon’s Net Profit Up 49 Percent in First Quarter of 2017

MILAN, ITALY — Major hearing aid retailer Amplifon SpA announced today that the company’s net profits for the first quarter (Q1) of 2017 were up by 49.1 percent over last year. The company, which owns well-known brands such as Miracle Ear and the Elite Hearing Network, also reported overall revenue up from €254.5 million last…

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Is CVS Looking to Take on Costco Hearing Aid Centers? Company to Add Dozens of Hearing Clinics to Stores Across US

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND — CVS Pharmacy, the largest pharmacy chain the US, announced in April that the company is looking to massively expand the number of hearing centers it has across the country. The company currently has a handful of hearing centers in select markets, which it launched in 2015, and it is now looking to…

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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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American Academy of Audiology Adds “Audiology Technician Affiliate” as New Membership Category

RESTON, VIRGINIA — The American Academy of Audiology (AAA), acknowledging the increasing roles for support personnel in the audiology clinic, has announced the creation of a new membership category: Audiology Technician Affiliate. The new membership option was decided upon after the Academy’s Audiology Assistant Subcommittee evaluated member feedback over the past two years, examining the…

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Starkey Launches New Ear Health Product Line

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — Starkey Hearing Technologies announced this week that it is launching an all-new Ear Health product line. Sold directly in the hearing professional’s office, the new products offer solutions for ear wax, earaches, itchy ears, dry ears, and for protecting ears from loud sounds. According to the company press release, the new products…

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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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