NAS Report on Hearing Care for Adults
On June 2, 2016, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS; formerly the Institute of Medicine) issued a report on the access and affordability of hearing care for adults. This report is the output of a 17-member scientific and professional committee, and it is NOT the same as the 2015 report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Today’s NAS report presents 12 recommendations for improving access to hearing health care.
- Develop population-based information on hearing loss and hearing health care.
- Establish and promote measures to assess and improve the quality of hearing health care services.
- Remove FDA’s regulation for medical evaluation or waiver of that assessment before hearing aid purchase.
- Empower consumers and patients in their use of hearing health care.
- Improve access to hearing health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.
- Promote hearing health care in wellness and medical visits for those with concerns about their hearing.
- Implement a new FDA device category for over-the-counter wearable hearing devices.
- Improve the compatibility and interoperability of hearing technologies with communications systems and the transparency of hearing aid programming.
- Improve affordability of hearing health care by actions across federal, state, and private sectors.
- Evaluate and implement innovative models of hearing health care to improve access, quality, and affordability.
- Improve publicly available information on hearing health.
- Promote individual, employer, private sector, and community-based actions to support and manage hearing health and effective communication.