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Sens Grassley and Warren Release OTC Hearing Aid Report

Sens Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) released the findings of their new bipartisan investigative report: Loud and Clear: Why Americans Want Effective and Affordable Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids – and How Powerful Special Interests are Trying to Undermine Them.

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US DOJ and KFHPW Settle Claim Related to ‘ADA Act’

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington (KFHPW), resolved allegations from several complainants that it repeatedly failed to provide interpreters to patients who are deaf or deaf-blind, in violation of the “Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” announced US Attorney Nicholas W. Brown. 

Managing Managed Care

Managed care is substantially growing in depth and breadth every year. Telehealth, OTC, the current pandemic, and other factors significantly impact the modern hearing care office in tandem with managed care. Therefore, as we evaluate, select and participate in managed care, we must seek and select the opportunities which best meet the goals and needs of the modern hearing care office.

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Arizona Attorney General Issues Warning to Consumers About OTC Hearing Aids

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has issued an announcement on his website cautioning consumers to watch out for “misleading sales tactics from companies selling over-the-counter hearing amplifiers.” Over the past year, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) said it has received approximately 140 complaints about over-the-counter hearing aids.

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Maintaining Consumer Protections for All Hearing Aids

Three years ago on August 18, 2017, what has become known as the “OTC Hearing Aid Act” was signed into law, and we’ve now reached the statutory deadline for proposed rules for this new class of hearing aid. Although FDA is obviously focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the complexities of federal preemption of state laws related to hearing aids also loom large. To ensure strong consumer protections, HIA conducted exhaustive research of hearing aid laws in the 50 states, identifying five primary areas of consumer protection to flag for FDA.

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