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Sony Launches First OTC Hearing Aids for US Market

Developed in partnership with WS Audiology (“WSA”), Sony will “enhance the lives of consumers by combining its unique premium technology, ultimate ease of use, and uncompromised comfort and wearability, to deliver an unprecedented hearing experience that easily bridges the gap between the wearer and their environment.”

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Bose Exiting Hearing Aid Market; Pares Health Division

Bose is exiting the hearing aid market, according to an article in Tuesday’s "Boston Globe." The Bose SoundControl hearing aid was the first FDA-cleared self-fitting hearing aid for mild-to-moderate hearing losses, and helped define this distinct class of devices. It's possible the technology will be licensed or sold to another company.

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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Hearing Aid Sales Increase by 37% in 2021

The US hearing aid market rebounded from a net unit loss of -18% in 2020, which was induced by the pandemic, to a unit increase of 37% in 2021—essentially making what would appear to be a full recovery. In fact, hearing aid sales in 2021 ended up an impressive 12% above pre-pandemic 2019 levels. Pent-up demand is likely to keep fueling hearing aid growth numbers in 2022 for both the private/commercial market and especially the VA.

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NAAG Urges FDA to Preserve State Regulation of OTC Hearing Aids

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) cautions that OTC hearing aid rules currently under review by the FDA may unintentionally hinder or repeal important consumer protection authorities, undermining states’ ability to ensure safe and affordable access to hearing aids. Currently, all 50 states have hearing professional licensing requirements and many have important protections for hearing aid consumers, including advertising restrictions, as well as mandatory warrantees and returns.

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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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