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The Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Aid Model,  

Academy Efforts and Member Resources

Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Aid models are becoming more common and the Academy has undertaken a multipronged approach in assisting members in this paradigm shift.

Academy Efforts

  • The Academy, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the International Hearing Society (IHS), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) released a  joint position statement on Consumer-Administered Hearing Tests and Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Aid Sales.
  • The Academy, ADA, AAO-HNS, IHS and ASHA sent a letter to every state department of health in the country asking them to advise consumers who suspect that they have hearing loss to seek a comprehensive hearing evaluation by a licensed hearing healthcare professional prior to purchasing hearing aids overthecounter or through the Internet. Click  here to view the letter. Click  here to view the joint press release.
  • The Academy sent a  letter to the FDA outlining concerns and requesting action regarding the Web site www.thegoodear.com, which offers an online hearing test as well as a sound “therapy” application, which purports to restore hearing loss..

Click here for extensive information about the Academy efforts specific to the United HealthCare/hi HealthInnovations online hearing test and direct-to-consumer hearing aid benefit.

Member Resources

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