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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 over-the-counter 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 website, which offers an online hearing test as well as a sound “therapy” application, which purports to restore hearing loss.

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