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over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices

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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The Audiologist’s Guide to Hearing Aids, PSAPs, Hearables, and OTC Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing proposed regulations for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices. According to the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, these devices will be available to the consumer through retail outlets and without having to engage an audiologist, either for a pre- purchase hearing evaluation, or for the selection, fitting or verification of performance of the device.

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