OTC Hearing Aids: Rationale for Support

May 17, 2017


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, OTC Hearing Aids: Rationale for Support, 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.


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Alicia Spoor, Au.D.

Owner, Designer Audiology

Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D. is the owner of Designer Audiology, LLC, located in Highland, Maryland. Previously, she was part of the cochlear implant and hearing aid teams at the Mayo Clinic Arizona and worked at two private audiology practices around the Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. areas. Dr. Spoor received her... Read More >

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Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE

Executive Director, Academy of Doctors of Audiology

Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE, is the executive director of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, a leading national association representing autonomous audiologists, who are committed to best business and clinical practices. Ms. Czuhajewski has two decades of non-profit leadership experience, with a focus on outreach and stakeholder relations. Ms. Czuhajewski holds a... Read More >