The Academy represents the interests of audiologists on federal legislative matters impacting the practice of audiology by monitoring the activities of the U.S. Congress. The Academy strives to keep its members updated on current legislation, while engaging lawmakers on key issues to ensure the voice of audiology is heard on Capitol Hill.
Legislative Initiatives in the 117th Congress
The Academy represents the interests of audiologists in Washington on federal regulatory matters that affect audiologists and the patients they serve. A myriad of federal agencies touch the profession of audiology and more broadly hearing and balance health care, such as CMS, FDA, HHS, FCC, NIH, and more. The Academy continuously monitors the activities of federal agencies and engages with them, both in-person and through written communications, to represent the interests of Academy members. The committees within the Academy that focus on these activities (GRC, CRC, and PPAC) inform the Academy’s position on emerging topics and provide updates to members. Current areas of focus:
- FDA Proposed Rule: Medical Devices, ENT Devices, and OTC Hearing Aids
- Academy response to FDA Proposed Rule on OTC Hearing Aids - to review the Academy's comments, login at the top of the page, and a Download PDF button will appear below.
- At-A-Glance Comparison of FDAR with FDA Proposed Rule
- Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
- OTC and DTC Hearing Aids: Academy Efforts and Member Resources