over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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The Value of Audiological Care in the Age of Consumer Choice

With smartphone apps that amplify speech (Mimi Hearing Test, 2016), and effective (Ear Machine, 2016) over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) on the market, consumers may now obtain hearing devices from the comfort of home, completely bypassing the attention of an audiologist.

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

Webinar: 2020 Advocacy Update (0.1 CEUs)

This webinar will provide members with a comprehensive overview of the legislative and regulatory issues facing the profession of audiology at both the federal and state level. 

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Understanding the Patient in Patient-Centered Care

My Hearing-Loss Journey 

My hearing-loss journey began as a child, watching my father struggle with the stigma of his hearing loss.  

His hearing loss developed in early adulthood, an unwanted nuisance he inherited from his mother. I vaguely remember him wearing one hearing aid, and then two, and proceeding to grow his sideburns long over his ears to hide the evidence. This looked okay in the 1970s, but his sideburns stayed long his entire life, even as fashions changed.  

Topic(s): Patient-Centered Care (PCC), Hearing Loss, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2019

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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