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Starkey Issues Statement On FDA Proposed OTC Ruling

Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich has issued a statement regarding the recent proposed ruling by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlining a new category of hearing aids that can be sold over the counter (OTC). 

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US Hearing Aid Sales Fall by 18% in 2020

According to Hearing Industries Association (HIA) statistics, total net hearing aid sales in 2020 reached 3.47 million units, a decrease of 18.0%, with the private/commercial sector experiencing a decrease of 14.2% and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) a decrease of 34.0%. Here is an analysis of hearing aid sales in 2020, including state-by-state unit losses, and what the future might hold in 2021.

Hearing Aid Sales Increase by 3.8% in First Half of 2019

US hearing aid unit sales during the first half of 2019 increased by 2.7% for the private/commercial sector and 8.5% for the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), for a total increase of 3.8% compared to the same period last year. The VA accounted for 1 in 5 (19.5%) of all hearing aids dispensed in the United States in the first half of 2019. RIC-style hearing aids constituted 81.7% of all hearing aids dispensed.

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HLAA 2019 Convention to Take Place June 20-23 in Rochester, New York

The HLAA2019 Convention will feature an extensive lineup of educational workshops, a research symposium presented by leading experts in the field, an exhibit hall filled with the latest technology for people with hearing loss, several inspirational speakers, opportunities to explore the beauty of Rochester, and of course a healthy dose of fun and camaraderie.

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HIA Launches “Hear Well. Stay Vital.” Campaign to Promote Hearing Awareness

The Hearing Industries Association (HIA), in partnership with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the International Hearing Society, has launched a public awareness campaign to promote better hearing called “Hear Well. Stay Vital.”

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Reps. Thompson and McKinley Reintroduce Congressional World Hearing Day Resolution

The resolution, H.Res. 147, highlights the critical role hearing ability plays in personal health, relationships, professional success, education, and safety. The resolution also discusses the important role of professional intervention and evaluation through licensed hearing care providers—hearing aid specialists, audiologists, and otolaryngologists, who can recommend and assist with rehabilitation options, which may include medical intervention or the use of assistive hearing technologies like hearing aids.

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US Hearing Aid Sales Increase by 5.3% in 2018; Approach 4-Million Unit Mark

US hearing aid unit sales increased by 5.3% in 2018, falling just 30,000 units short of the 4 million mark, according to HIA fourth quarter statistics. For the year, the commercial sector experienced unit sales gains of 5.95%, while the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dispensing activity increased by 2.4%.

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Will Hearing Aid Sales Top 4 Million Units in 2018?

According to HIA statistics, the US hearing aid market has experienced sales gains of 5.9% and may exceed 4 million hearing aid units dispensed by the end of 2018. Here’s a summary of the US hearing industry statistics through the third quarter of this year, including a look at the most-common styles of hearing aids sold.

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OTC Hearing Aid Consensus Statement Published by AAA, ADA, IHS, and ASHA

The unprecedented consensus statement from four national hearing care professional organizations recommends the new FDA classification be called “Self-fit OTC hearing devices.” The paper recommends the new class be intended for mild-to-moderate hearing losses of 26-55 dB HL (26 max HFA-FOG/110 dB max output), offer input compression and volume controls, contain clear and easy-to-understand labeling both on the inside and outside of the packaging, and require at last one 510(k) filing for initial FDA approval to ensure the basic safety and efficacy of the device.

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US Hearing Aid Sales Up by 5.7% in First Half of 2018

In the second quarter of 2018, US quarterly sales of hearing aids exceeded 1 million net units for the first time in the industry’s history, according to statistics generated by the Hearing Industries Association (HIA). In Q2 2018, unit sales increased by 5.73% compared to the same period last year—the exact same percentage growth as the first quarter’s sales’ growth rate.

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