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1 - OTC Hearing Aids: Rationale for Support

Date & Time: 
May 17 2017 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

photo of Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D.  

  Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D.
  President-elect for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA)
  and Legislative Chair of the Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA)

photo of Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE  

  Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE
  Executive Director
  Academy of Doctors of Audiology

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 has sparked a great deal of debate and controversy. The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is the only provider organization to support S.670/H.R. 1652, the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, and commends Senators Warren and Grassley, and Representatives Blackburn and Kennedy for their foresight in introducing this legislation, which if enacted, will remove unnecessary and burdensome barriers to hearing care for millions of Americans.

Join us for this informative webinar and discover why ADA supports OTC hearing aids and the elimination of the medical clearance requirement for adult consumers.

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act is consistent with ADA’s longstanding position to implement recommendations from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), which have both recommended making some types of hearing aids available over the counter and removing the requirement of a medical evaluation in order to allow millions more Americans to access hearing aids.

The availability of FDA-registered OTC hearing devices will allow consumers to make better informed decisions about their treatment options, and will also facilitate increased competition, enhance quality and improve transparency with regard to the purchase of direct-to-consumer hearing amplification products.