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over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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Decoupling Professional Audiological Services from the Sale of Hearing Devices

Background

Helping adults manage hearing loss is by far the most fundamental aspect of audiology practice, making this the bread and butter of our profession. Hearing instruments play a crucial role in managing hearing loss in adults (Ftouh et al, 2018; Laplante-Lévesque et al, 2010).

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Patient care, Treatment, Hearing Aids, Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Hearing Health Care, Audiologist

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KNOW HOW | Changing Times Will Revitalize Audiology Services

Audiology services and provisions are changing following the passage of the over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid legislation. In the end, what that will actually mean is still unclear. Likely, we will see a device that can manage mild hearing loss for patients and give them some options for their hearing health care. Those of us who have practiced for many years are still trying to decide how that will fit into our current practice model and whether to incorporate an OTC product in the clinic. 

Topic(s): Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Audiometric Test, Tinnitus, Cochlear Implants (CI), Hearing, Balance/Vestibular, speech-in-noise, Bluetooth, Professional

Take Stock of Your Office

Best practices in audiology recommend defining set protocols and procedures for patient care and follow up. We have many resources to pull from for this guidance in our audiology organizations, in the current evidence-based literature, as well as our state and local legislative and licensure guidelines.

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Embracing Change in Audiological Treatment: Over-the-Counter Hearing Devices

In October 2015, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to President Barack Obama titled “Aging America and Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies.” In the report, the council informed the president that untreated age-related hearing loss is a significant national problem. The advisors provided recommendations to decrease cost; enhance innovation; and improve the convenience, capability, and use of devices for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. 

Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Healthcare, Personal Sound Amplification PSAP, Hearing Aids

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Academy Advances Legislative and Regulatory Priorities in 2017 Primed for a Busy 2018

The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy) had an extremely active 2017 on Capitol Hill and with federal regulatory agencies, seeing multiple victories and building relationships that will allow for continued success as we enter 2018.

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

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Spotlighting Clinical Nuggets in the Upcoming Hearing Aids in Review

Did you know that there are nearly 20 journals that publish articles related to hearing aid technology, signal processing, and fitting? And that each year, more than 200 articles are published related to hearing aids? In the words of the great philosopher Frank Zappa, “So much to read, so little time.” Well, we’re here to help! 

Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Pediatric, Audiologist, Practice Management, Patient care, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

Advances in Amplification: An Interview with ARC 2019 Chair Todd Ricketts, PhD

Are you making your plans for the AAA 2019 in Columbus, Ohio? If so, you will not want to miss this year’s Academy Research Conference (ARC): Advances in Amplification. This conference takes place on the first day of the AAA Annual Conference,
March 27, 2019.

ARC 2019 Chair Todd Ricketts, PhD, kindly accepted our invitation for an interview about this exciting conference.

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Hearing Loss and Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Is there a difference between hearing professionals that only perform first fit without verification versus patients that forgo hearing tests and purchase over the counter (OTC)? 

This article written by Huch, an audiologist and president of Oro Valley and Grace Hearing Center, discusses the implications of OTC hearing aids and how it will ultimately impact consumers with hearing loss. 

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FDA Approves Marketing of First Self-Fitting Hearing Aid

The Academy has just become aware of the FDA’s approval of marketing of first self-fitting hearing aid and is identifying any necessary steps to protect the community of consumers who are hard of hearing.

We are closely monitoring and asking our members and the state organizations to be watchful of appropriate process in the distribution. 

As stated by the FDA: “…the device must comply with applicable federal and state laws regarding the sale of hearing aids, including state laws that might require hearing aids….”

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Hearing Care Access?

Professional issues in audiology were spotlighted in a recent JAMA opinion piece. The authors of the article highlight the importance of services provided by audiologists being covered by Medicare. They posit that while the OTC legislation may result in greater access to devices, the inability to bill insurances for the requisite rehabilitative services that were typically bundled into traditional hearing aid fittings and purchases may still remain a barrier to those in need. 

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