Posted by - General.

Personal sound amplification products, or PSAPs, have gotten a lot of attention recently from the media and federal regulators, not to mention the many venture capitalists funding new PSAP companies. Noting lower costs and improving performance of these unregulated products, they wonder whether PSAPs might be an easier and more affordable solution than hearing aids for the more than 30 million Americans with untreated hearing loss. Read more

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Common sense and a commitment to taking charge of your own hearing health are the first things you’ll need when you set out to buy a hearing aid. An investment in a good hearing aid is really an investment in your health, so spend whatever time and money you can afford to get the solution that works best for you. Read more

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Last Thursday’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Public Workshop on whether FDA regulations on hearing aids should be relaxed in an effort to lower costs to consumers, addressed a number of controversies surrounding the disruptive forces in the hearing healthcare marketplace, including (1) consumer demand for more affordable and easily accessible hearing health care and (2) hearing enhancement options that can be purchased outside the traditional hearing health care marketplace. Read more

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As a recent subscriber to The New York Times, I was thrilled to read the title “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Fight to be Heard” on March 25, 2016. However, after reading the text I was disappointed to see that the author mentions Hard of Hearing People in the title, but fails to include them in his text. Only 1% of deaf people use sign language as their usual means of communication. For hard of hearing people, who comprise the other 99% of people with hearing loss, sign language is just like a foreign language. Read more

Posted by - Finding a Hearing Provider, Hearing Aids.

The majority of advertising on the web, in-print publications, and on the radio and TV devalues the importance of proper hearing evaluation, needs assessment, counseling and overemphasizes discounts and promotions— and promises miraculous results with hearing aids only. Many of these practices can get away with providing a lower standard of care because consumers are focused on the wrong thing—the hearing aid—and they are not as educated (like HLAA members are) about what clinical services they should expect and demand. Read more

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This has been a huge year for consumers with hearing loss. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a landmark (and highly controversial) report on the state of the hearing healthcare industry, with a focus on access to care, and hearing aid affordability. The Institute of Medicine (IoM) also held a four part “Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults.” The FDA’s regulation of affordable hearing aid alternatives was a hot topic of discussion at the IoM, and PCAST called for the deregulation of over-the-counter basic hearing aids. Meanwhile, the FCC is in the process of revising its Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) rules for mobile phones. Tech giant Apple has even become involved, asking the FCC to remove the telecoil requirement. Read more

Posted by - Regulation.

In a recent submission to the FCC, Apple argues that the current HAC compliance rules do not assess how well handsets and hearing aids actually “work together for consumers” and that the FCC should perform “qualitative assessments” to ensure handset usability for hearing aid users. Further, Apple proposed that the Commission should recognize solutions such as Made-For-iPhone (MFi) as viable alternatives to current hearing aid compatibility (HAC) compliance. Read more

Posted by - Events.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss, invites you to attend Convention 2016, being held June 23-26, 2016 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C. The Convention, now in its 31st year, features an extensive educational program and exhibit hall and trade show for people with hearing loss as well as their families and professionals who work with them. Read more