Tag: Hearing Industries Association



US Hearing Aid Sales Roar Back

Even though any comparison of today’s US hearing aid sales to those of 2020 is bound to involve gaudy numbers—recall that total sales fell by more than half (58.6%) in the second quarter of last year due to the pandemic—statistics from the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) confirm a big comeback.

US Hearing Aid Sales Rebound Strongly in Third Quarter 2020

It may not be a miraculous market recovery for the hearing healthcare field, but it’s still very good. Total US hearing aid net unit sales—while still down by -6.2% in the third quarter —made what can be considered a very strong rebound from the -58.6% thumping experienced from April-June (Q2) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, statistics generated by HIA show that private/commercial sector hearing aid sales actually increased by 0.5% compared to Q3 of last year.

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Cochlear Launches ‘Hearing 20/20’ Campaign

According to Cochlear, the campaign is supported by 10 hearing health nonprofit and industry partners, and establishes a simple, common metric—defined as 20 decibels in each ear—to help simplify the ongoing conversation and actions related to monitoring hearing health and treating hearing loss, especially among adults 55 years of age and older.

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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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MarkeTrak 10: Hearing Aids in an Era of Disruption and DTC/OTC Devices

On the eve of major changes in the regulations governing the distribution of hearing aids in the United States, including the new upcoming class of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing devices, MT10 looks at consumers’ perceptions about hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs)—as well as their attitudes about OTC devices and do-it-yourself hearing care.

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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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