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June 2, 2022
Hearing Health Advocates Launch National Campaign Promoting the Value and Expertise of Hearing Professionals
“Hear Well” campaign educates Americans about the importance of hearing health and the role of hearing professionals

 

March 3, 2022
As the US Gets Closer to Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids, Experts Urge Consumers to See a Hearing Care Professional First
In recognition of World Hearing Day on March 3, the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) is releasing results of a recent survey of 1,000 adults that helps us understand consumer perspectives regarding hearing health.

 

January 18, 2022
HIA Responds to Proposed FDA OTC Hearing Aid Rule
HIA supports the FDA’s position that it is critical to adequately balance accessibility and affordability with safety and effectiveness under the proposed OTC rules. To that end, HIA believes that the best way to accomplish these goals is to ensure the continued application of FDA regulatory oversight to hearing aids – OTC or otherwise – and provided several recommendations to the FDA to protect consumers and safely and effectively provide access to hearing loss solutions.

 

October 19, 2021

FDA Releases Draft Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Regulation
New Hearing Aid Options are Coming in 2022
When the rule is finalized, adults 18 and older will be able to purchase OTC hearing aids online or at retail outlets without a medical exam or fitting by a hearing care professional. While final regulations and the first OTC products are still months away, now is an opportune time to educate ourselves on the various types of hearing devices that will be available.

 

July 1, 2021
Gary Rosenblum assumes HIA Chairmanship, succeeding Brandon Sawalich
Elected in the spring of 2017, Brandon Sawalich, President and CEO, Starkey, now hands over the Chairmanship of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) to Gary Rosenblum, President, Oticon, Inc. The members of HIA elected Mr. Rosenblum unanimously to this position.

 

March 3, 2021
World Hearing Day is Today, March 3
New Research Shows 80% of Us Consider Hearing Loss Serious, So Why Do We Ignore It?

New research from the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) reveals that four out of five Americans consider hearing loss serious, but ignoring the problem is more common than you may think. Fewer than 16% of adults ages 20-69 who need a hearing aid use one. That number almost doubles to 30% for adults over age 70 who need a hearing aid but don’t use one

 

February 25, 2021
HIA Sends Position Statement to Florida Legislators on SB 700 Bill, Direct Mail Hearing Aids
Amendment # 302884 to Florida Senate Bill 700 abruptly discards this important protection and removes the state’s existing ban on direct-to-consumer (DTC) hearing aid sales. The amendment fails to thoughtfully differentiate between those for whom this opportunity is appropriate and those who could be harmed.

 

March 24, 2020
A Message from HIA Leadership Regarding Hearing Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The hearing healthcare industry, like many businesses in the United States and around the world, is facing an unprecedented challenge. As always, our priority is the safety of the patients we serve, the hearing healthcare professionals, and our employees and families.

 

January 16, 2020
Over 50? Resolve to Check Your Hearing
Americans Agree Hearing Checks Are Important, But New Survey Also Highlights Challenges

 

August 14, 2018
HIA Endorses the Hearing Professional Association's Consensus Paper
Today, a consensus paper developed by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and International Hearing Society (IHS) was released in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Congressional mandate to create new regulations for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing devices.

 

May 1, 2018
Hearing Industries Association Announces Kate Carr as its New President
Carr brings over 25 years of not for profit, patient advocacy experience and government experience to HIA. She has worked in executive roles with global patient organizations and has extensive White House and federal agency experience as well.

 

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