The HearTECH Hub will showcase education, presentations, and learning opportunities starting Wednesday afternoon through Friday. It will also feature product displays and offer a social area to converse with colleagues and meet with the members and representatives of our Hub sponsors.
Future ForecastIndustry and Audiologists: Working Together to Reduce the Level of Untreated Hearing Loss
Moderated by Lachelle Lazarus, AuD
Thursday, April 20, 5:00-6:00 pm
In the United States, approximately 29 million out of 38 million adults have under or untreated hearing loss with this level remaining relatively constant in recent years. Recently, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids came onto the market as a strategy to promote access; however, it is unknown to what extent the introduction of OTCs will reduce the number of adults having untreated hearing loss.
The Academy has advocated for a comprehensive solution that includes various approaches, such as building the scientific evidence for the benefits of hearing screening, expanding Medicare coverage for services provided by audiologists, and recognizing audiologists to practice at the top of their licenses.
During our Future Forecast session, leaders from the hearing aid industry (from the sponsors below) will offer their perspectives on the challenges in reducing the number of adults with untreated hearing loss and discuss the pros and cons of current initiatives. The panel will examine the interdependent relationship between manufacturers and audiologists and the opportunity to advance a common goal of demonstrating the benefits of hearing screening. The panel will also address the technological innovations that will lead to improved hearing health care.