Ian M. Windmill

Ian M. Windmill

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Where Is the Outrage?

On December 1, 2016, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016. This bill would make certain types of hearing aids available on an over-the-counter (OTC) basis, would remove the requirement for a medical evaluation (or signed waiver), and would also allow personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) to be sold for the treatment of hearing loss. 

Topic(s): Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), Advocacy

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | At the end of January...

At the end of January, the Academy released two statements regarding the accessibility and affordability of hearing care in the United States. These statements were driven by the considerable attention hearing care services and devices have received over the past 18 months in Washington, DC. Of particular interest is the outcome of a December meeting at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), where the role of the audiology community in hearing care was readily apparent.

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, audiology, Patient-Centered Care

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Expanding Our Profession

The past 18 months have been nothing if not interesting for our profession. Between PCAST, the FDA, and the National Academy of Sciences, there have been multiple recommendations and suggestions regarding improving the access to, and affordability of, hearing care. More recently, the FTC announced that they too would be reviewing the delivery of hearing care, from their perspective as a consumer protection agency. And a bill has just been introduced in Congress that directs the FDA to develop rules for an over-the-counter hearing device. 

Topic(s): Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Advocacy, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Is It Time for Audiology to Consider a Prescriptive Approach for Amplification?

In recent months, many new stakeholders have emerged within the hearing health-care system, including retail chains, hearable and PSAP companies, and technology groups (e.g., Consumer Technology Association). The emergence of these new stakeholders suggests that there will be changes to the current model of delivery of that care, and that the consumer could experience greater confusion in the marketplace given the expanded technology options available.

Topic(s): Hearing Health Care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Our Year in Review

This is my last column as president, and there are so many things that need to be said. Over the past 12 months, the Academy Board, staff, and committees have tackled a lot.

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, Academy Leadership, AAA Conference

Experience Requirement for Nomination to Board or President

There has been considerable discussion over the past few weeks regarding a change to the policies and procedures for nomination to the Board of the Academy. Primarily, there has been concern expressed about the 10-year experiential requirement to the Board and the 15-year experiential requirement for nomination for President. The primary concern has been that this requirement excludes younger professionals from serving on the Board, some of who may have experiences that are felt to prepare them for service at this level.

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