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“OTC Hearing Aids” Focus of New Sycle Thought Leadership Series Webinar

Sycle hosted the webinar, "Over the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids: Their Impact on the Marketplace,” featuring Kyle Acker (RiseENT), Matt Dearing (My Hearing Centers), Bill Brownie (Eargo), Karl Strom (Hearing Review), and moderated by Sean Shoffstall (Sycle). The webinar is now available for viewing on-demand.

Researchers Compare Hearing App Users’ Customization Settings to a Prescriptive Fitting

A study published in Trends in Hearing looks at how users of an iPod-controlled app tend to adjust their hearing aid settings after being fit to an NAL-NL1 prescriptive fitting. They found that the users’ gain adjustments were, in general, consistent for each person, but the adjustments varied substantially between individuals. However, despite their adjustments, the majority of their final preferred settings achieved similar speech-in-noise results as the NAL-NAL2 target settings with which they’d originally been prescribed.

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Researchers Compare Hearing App Users' Customization Settings to a Prescriptive Fitting

A study published in Trends in Hearing looks at how users of an iPod-controlled app tend to adjust their hearing aid settings after being fit to an NAL-NL1 prescriptive fitting. They found that the users’ gain adjustments were, in general, consistent for each person, but the adjustments varied substantially between individuals. However, despite their adjustments, the majority of their final preferred settings achieved similar speech-in-noise results as the NAL-NAL2 target settings with which they’d originally been prescribed.

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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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OTC Hearing Aid Consensus Statement Published by AAA, ADA, IHS, and ASHA

The unprecedented consensus statement from four national hearing care professional organizations recommends the new FDA classification be called “Self-fit OTC hearing devices.” The paper recommends the new class be intended for mild-to-moderate hearing losses of 26-55 dB HL (26 max HFA-FOG/110 dB max output), offer input compression and volume controls, contain clear and easy-to-understand labeling both on the inside and outside of the packaging, and require at last one 510(k) filing for initial FDA approval to ensure the basic safety and efficacy of the device.

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