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UnitedHealthcare to Administer AARP Hearing Solutions

UnitedHealthcare announced that it is now administering AARP Hearing Solutions, helping “make it easier and more affordable for millions of Americans to purchase prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids.”

CES 2022 and OTC Hearing Aids

Wireless earbuds and innovative audio solutions were one of the predominant themes of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Here are HR Editor Karl Strom’s three takeaways from CES2022 regarding innovation and the upcoming OTC hearing aid category.

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Evaluating Apple AirPods Pro with Headphone Accommodations as Hearing Devices

Researchers from NAL provide objective measures that characterize the acoustic performance of AirPods Pro headphones. The results suggest that, while differences to traditional hearing aids exist, the device’s Headphone Accommodations provide amplification to help people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss hear sounds more easily and allow them to experience the benefits of amplification.

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FDA Proposed Rules for OTC Hearing Aids Extend Beyond OTC

The 114-page rules document published today in the Federal Register covers most aspects related to OTC hearing aid manufacturing, electroacoustic requirements, packaging and labeling, returns, and conditions for sale. In an effort to promote more consistency in the regulations and enforcement of hearing aid manufacturing and distribution, the FDA is also proposing several important changes that could affect the industry and state-wide hearing aid dispensing.

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FDA Issues Proposed OTC Hearing Aid Rules

To ensure patient safety, the proposed rule addresses maximum output limits and includes certain device performance and design requirements, such as distortion control limits, self-generated noise limits, latency limits, frequency bandwidth, as well as a requirement to limit the insertion depth of the device. The proposed rule also includes labeling requirements for OTC hearing aids. As hoped, the FDA also issued an updated draft guidance, “Regulatory Requirements for Hearing Aid Devices and Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs).”

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Hearables May Have Educational Potential

Though much of the discussion related to hearables has centered around over-the-counter devices designed to help improve hearing or to make connecting to other wireless devices like smartphones easy and convenient, they could also be game-changing in an educational setting, says Rory McGreal, author of an article in “The Conversation” and an “expert in educational technology.”

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GN Store Nord Launches Jabra Earbuds

GN announced the extension of its Jabra Enhance line of hearing enhancement solutions designed to “help users hear more from life.” GN “brings together the convenience of true wireless earbuds with advanced hearing technology to alleviate unaddressed user needs and enable millions of people to take a first step on their hearing health journey,” according to the company’s announcement.

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