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‘Starkey Cares’ To Increase Hearing Care Accessibility

This month, the company announced, its Center for Excellence provided hearing healthcare services and brand-new hearing aids to frontline healthcare workers as a “thank you” for their service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as almost 40 other individuals in need of hearing healthcare.

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Beltone Launches Rely Hearing Aids

Beltone, a hearing care retailer with approximately 1,500 locations in North America, announced the launch of Beltone Rely, a full collection of hearing aids “offering proven technology and advanced features and services normally only available in premium-priced hearing devices.”

Staff Standpoint: The Invisible Hand

The fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015 marked strong growth for the private sector, with an 8.2% increase in sales compared to Q4 2014. The VA increased its dispensing activity by 2.3%. Total hearing aid unit sales grew by 7.0% in Q4 2015. What is not known is how much private sector growth can be attributed to the market gains of low-cost retailers like Costco.

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Tuesday: Institute of Medicine’s 2nd Meeting on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Care

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and its Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults will hold its second of three public meetings on Tuesday, June 30. The IOM meetings will culminate in a consensus report that may provide context for future top-down governmental responses and influence decisions related to affordability and accessibility of hearing aids, PSAPs, tinnitus devices, and hearing care services.

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