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Individualizing Hearing Healthcare: New Opportunities in OTC Hearing Aids

With the current and future changes in hearing healthcare, we have a newfound opportunity and increased flexibility for individualized care. Whether we are considering the level of service or the application of advanced hearing aid processing, one size does not fit all. Here is a brief summary of the research about how hearing care professionals can make meaningful differences in the individual care of consumers who are using amplification products—regardless of whether these are OTC or traditionally dispensed hearing devices.

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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Introduced in Congress

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 was introduced Monday, March 20. The reintroduced legislation is designed to make hearing aids for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss available over the counter (OTC), and require the FDA to write regulations ensuring the new OTC category meets the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling, and manufacturing protections as all medical devices, providing consumers the option of an FDA-regulated device at lower cost.

Earphone Models for iPhones: Surprising Results When Used with a Hearing App

This study revealed that for some individuals with a mild-to-moderate high frequency hearing loss, the use of an amplifier app can result in enhanced listening performance—and even performance within normal limits in background noise. However, the quality of the earphones used does make a difference. These apps and earphones may be particularly useful for these patients who—for whatever reason—could benefit from amplification but are not yet ready for a hearing aid.

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Amazon Releases Echo Buds

The Bose Active Noise Reduction feature can help minimize external noise from a crowded restaurant or office, and can be activated by tapping double tapping the earbud. To turn on Passthrough Mode—which will allow noise in again—users can double tap the earbuds again.

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Amazon Releases Echo Buds

The Bose Active Noise Reduction feature can help minimize external noise from a crowded restaurant or office, and can be activated by tapping double tapping the earbud. To turn on Passthrough Mode—which will allow noise in again—users can double tap the earbuds again.

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