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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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New Zealand Firm the Latest Target of Hearing Aid Manufacturer’s Global Retail Acquisition Plans

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Abano Healthcare Group, which is an active investor and operator of healthcare and medical services business across New Zealand, Australia and Asia, has received an unsolicited offer to purchase a 50 percent stake in the audiology company Bay International for nearly three times its estimated value of $11.9 million NZ ($8.1M USD).…

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One Canadian Audiologist’s Saga to be Called Doctor

ONTARIO, CANADA — Due to Canadian law, Guelph, Ontario audiologist Brenda Berge, who obtained her doctorate in audiology from Ball State University in Indiana, is barred from using the prefix “Dr.” before her name. Berge was recently slapped with a three-month suspension and almost $100,000 in costs for using the title by the College of…

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California Dispensing Business Under Fire

CHICO, CALIFORNIA — McDonald Hearing Aid Centers of northern California is under scrutiny by the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs. According to a November 19th report on NBC affiliate KNVN in the Chico/Redding market, the hearing aid center, which has 19 locations in northern California, is accused of pressuring elderly patients into more expensive hearing aids than were needed…

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Update: CVS, Second Largest US Pharmacy Chain, to Open Hearing Centers

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND — In an October 5th press release CVS announced it will be opening Hearing Centers at seven CVS/pharmacy locations in the Dallas and Cleveland areas. According to another statement, the CVS Hearing Centers will be open Tuesdays to Saturdays and be staffed by licensed audiologists and hearing instrument specialists. In addition the…

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