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President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

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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Is Cost the Primary Factor for Hearing Aid Adoption?

In 2015, the President’s Council on Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued recommendations intended to improve hearing health- care delivery. Subsequently, the FDA and other federal agencies and consumer advocacy groups sponsored a study published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in June 2016. Further considerations have been discussed in an FDA (April 2016) and FTC (April 2017) workshops. A common issue discussed in each of these reports and workshops is the high cost of hearing aids as a primary factor in adoption rates.

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Apple’s New iPhone 7: What’s the Effect on HA Service and Delivery?

On September 7, Apple introduced the iPhone 7 smartphone, which was largely regarded by tech reporters as a “ho-hum” event, except for the excitement surrounding what was missing: the 3.5-mm phone jack. Although they announced that the “lightning” cable could now carry audio-by-wire, they also announced the AirPod wireless headphones, along with the Bragi Dash, Samsung Gear IconX, and several other devices that have become to be called “hearables” for their ability to stream audio and monitor biometric information.

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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.

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PCAST Meeting Live

Academy Members: Listen to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) meeting live today to hear about Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of hearing aids. Drs. Ian Windmill, Dave Fabry, Alicia Spoor, and Mead Killion will be among the speakers. 

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