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FDA Proposed Rules for OTC Hearing Aids Extend Beyond OTC

The 114-page rules document published today in the Federal Register covers most aspects related to OTC hearing aid manufacturing, electroacoustic requirements, packaging and labeling, returns, and conditions for sale. In an effort to promote more consistency in the regulations and enforcement of hearing aid manufacturing and distribution, the FDA is also proposing several important changes that could affect the industry and state-wide hearing aid dispensing.

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US Hearing Aid Sales Fall by 18% in 2020

According to Hearing Industries Association (HIA) statistics, total net hearing aid sales in 2020 reached 3.47 million units, a decrease of 18.0%, with the private/commercial sector experiencing a decrease of 14.2% and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) a decrease of 34.0%. Here is an analysis of hearing aid sales in 2020, including state-by-state unit losses, and what the future might hold in 2021.

Starkey Hearing Innovation Expo Slated for January 15-19 in Las Vegas

Hearing professionals, global visionaries, business leaders, and industry experts from more than 30 countries will experience the speed of innovation and learn how to embrace approaching disruption. The 2020 Starkey Hearing Innovations Expo is scheduled to feature keynotes from Starkey CEO Bill Austin, actor Matthew McConaughey, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, General Colin Powell, and many more.

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Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids, by Victor Bray, PhD

“Depression, Hearing Loss, and Treatment with Hearing Aids” by audiologist and educator Victor Bray, PhD, is a PDF article, produced in April 2019 by The Hearing Review and sponsored by Hamilton® CapTel®, that presents a comprehensive overview of what we know about this subject, and provides a strong case for the partnership of audiologists and mental health experts in the battle against chronic depression.

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Audiology Advocates React to Senate Passing Veterans Mobility Safety Act

The US Senate has unanimously passed the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, a bill passed by the US House of Representatives in September 2016. It is expected to be signed into law by the President. The bill requires that hearing aid specialists provide services within their scope of practice related to fitting and dispensing hearing aids, under a treatment plan of an audiologist.

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ADA Lends Qualified Support for PCAST Recommendations

In giving qualified support to the PCAST recommendations, ADA is the first among the hearing care professional organizations to publicly endorse, at least in principle, the PCAST’s report to the president. However, ADA listed a number of important qualifications emphasizing the importance of the audiologists’ role in hearing evaluation and diagnostics, dispensing, and aural rehabilitation, as well as some necessary standards for PSAPs, entry-level devices, and hearables.

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