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US Hearing Aid Sales Roar Back

Even though any comparison of today’s US hearing aid sales to those of 2020 is bound to involve gaudy numbers—recall that total sales fell by more than half (58.6%) in the second quarter of last year due to the pandemic—statistics from the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) confirm a big comeback.

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US Hearing Aid Sales Increase by 5.3% in 2018; Approach 4-Million Unit Mark

US hearing aid unit sales increased by 5.3% in 2018, falling just 30,000 units short of the 4 million mark, according to HIA fourth quarter statistics. For the year, the commercial sector experienced unit sales gains of 5.95%, while the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dispensing activity increased by 2.4%.

HIA Retools; Names Jane Reese-Coulbourne as New Executive Director

In what has been dubbed as the beginning phases of “HIA 2.0,” the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) has announced the appointment of Jane Reese-Coulbourne, MS, as the organization’s new executive director. HIA is embarking on a journey to renew itself in the dynamic marketplace of hearing healthcare with more focused conversations and collaborations with legislators in Washington, DC, as well as with allied organizations and consumer advocacy groups.

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OTC Hearing Aid Act Bundled with MDUFA; Expected to Pass through Committee

The Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 is expected to pass through the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee as part of the much larger Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) package. Although the current bill continues to allow OTC devices to apply to “mild-to-moderate” hearing losses, the severity of hearing loss remains a primary sticking point for the bill.

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HIA Recommends OTC Hearing Devices Be Restricted to Mild Losses; Retain Consumer Safety and Efficacy Assurances

The Hearing Industries Association has recommended that, if the FDA creates a new over-the-counter (OTC) category for hearing devices, these products be confined to mild hearing losses and comply with the same safety and efficacy standards required for air-conduction hearing aids. Further, if the OTC category is established, HIA recommends that FDA review and finalize its guidance for PSAPs so these devices cannot be marketed to address hearing loss.

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US Hearing Aid Unit Sales Increased by 8.7% in 2016

According to HIA statistics, 3.65 million hearing aid units were dispensed in the United States during 2016—or 8.7% more than in 2017. For the private/commercial sector, hearing aid unit sales grew by 10.6% in 2016—a strong follow-up to the 7.8% gains experienced in 2015. However, when accounting for gains by Big Box retailers and other factors, unit gains for most dispensing practices in 2016 were more likely to be around 6%.

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Kim Lody Joins HIA Board

The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) has announced that Kim Lody, president of ReSound US, has been elected to the HIA Board. Lody is a veteran healthcare industry executive, and previously served as a member of the HIA Market Development Committee.

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