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Hearing Aid Legislation: Evidence of a Burgeoning New Reality?

Are subtle but important distortions of audiological science being slipped into hearing-related legislation? H.R. 3’s current language promotes a bias—intended or not—that mild-to-moderate hearing loss and severe-to-profound hearing loss are two distinct categories, requiring two distinct legislative treatments. Says who?

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CareCredit Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Sweepstakes

CareCredit is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a Sweepstakes for cardholders. The CareCredit credit card is a flexible payment option available at more than 200,000 locations across the United States, including hearing health, veterinary, cosmetic, dental and vision practices. With nearly $70 billion of care financed since 1987, CareCredit has helped millions of people in the past 30 years.

New Bills in California, Nevada Aim to Make Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Mandatory

Legislators in both California and Nevada have introduced bills to make it mandatory for insurers to cover the cost of hearing aids for children, according to articles in the “Santa Monica Daily Press” and “Las Vegas Review-Journal.”

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'CNBC' Reports Apple in Talks with Private Medicare Plans to Subsidize Cost of Apple Watch

According to the report, the newest version of the Apple Watch—which retails for $399—includes features like fall detection and an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor which can help detect irregular heart rhythm. Insurers are looking to subsidize the cost—which may be unaffordable for some senior Medicare patients—as a preventative strategy to detect potentially expensive health problems before they worsen.

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After OTC, Focus Should Be on Clinical Hearing Services, Says ‘JAMA’ Article

Given that the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017 is now law and a new FDA class of OTC hearing aids will be established by the end of 2020, “efforts should now focus on ensuring that older adults also have access to affordable hearing care services,” write Nicholas Reed, Frank Lin, and Amber Willink, PhD, in the September 13 “JAMA Network.”

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