President Joe Biden’s new executive order, signed on Friday, July 9, includes a directive to HHS to consider issuing proposed rules within 120 days for allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter. The executive order said that the four largest hearing aid manufacturers now control 84% of the market and that hearing aids, which cost more than $5,000 per pair, are “so expensive that only 14% of the approximately 48 million Americans with hearing loss use them.”
Watch how this could impact you in five different ways.
A big thank you to Dr. Alaina Bassett for a very engaging and informative presentation of the vestibular system. Our balance system is unique and is made up of many different systems working in concert to give us the ability to understand and navigate our surroundings.
Dr. Bassett started off her presentation discussing our balance system made up of the vestibular, visual and somatosensory systems. The anatomy and physiology of our inner ear and the particular functions each part plays in our hearing were discussed in-depth. Various testing techniques to understand and evaluate balance was shared to give the audience a better feel of what they should expect should they want to be tested.
Alaina Bassett AuD, Ph.D., CCC-A, Assistant Professor, Division of Audiology at USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Director, USC Balance Center.
Overview: Finding Balance: Exploring the vestibular system
In this session, we will focus on the vestibular system which is responsible for encoding the position of the head in space relative to gravity. This portion of the inner ear can be a mystery to many yet, plays a pivotal role in everyday activities. Topics will include anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system, auditory and vestibular disorders, vestibular diagnostic tests, and functional outcomes following changes in vestibular function.
Join us for what should be a fascinating and engaging presentation about hearing loss and new hope with up-and-coming treatment options.
Date: Saturday, March 27 Time: 10 a.m. (PT) Speaker: Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray (bio) Duration: 90 minutes
Hearing loss challenges don’t stop at the ears. Co-morbidities of hearing loss include social isolation and loneliness, depression, increased risk of falls, and cognitive decline and related dementias.
In our upcoming Chapter meeting, Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray will describe how digital therapeutics are changing the face of healthcare, and then present an example of how digital therapeutics may be used to treat hearing loss and its downstream effects.
Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD., is a Professor of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.
From hearinglikeme.com—The concept of listening fatigue has been around for quite some time; but could it be even more prevalent in a world of face masks? The short answer is—absolutely—for both those with hearing loss and those without.
From the Pharmaceutical Journal—As well as blocking out lipreading, masks distort and muffle sound, and disguise the emotions usually visible through facial expressions. Communication is much more than just verbal, so even hearing people have felt the loss of these clues.
From the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health—You may have known that the prevalence of hearing loss increases with age. But, did you know men are about twice as likely as women to have hearing loss?
From Hearing Tracker Podcast—We had the pleasure of interviewing Barbara Kelley, the executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Kelley discusses the challenges her organization has faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep members safe, HLAA converted its annual in-person convention into a virtual event which included a research symposium, and the Walk4Hearing held in 20 cities events were moved online. Throughout the pandemic, HLAA has continued to serve as a critical support hub for people with hearing loss.
Back by popular demand after their San Diego chapter presentation last month, InnoCaption will join us for our next virtual meeting to share the latest innovations for the desktop and app. The latest feedback from users is this is a worthwhile and transformative feature that you should not miss!
Matt Goncalves, Marketing Director, and Christina Duarte, Director of Regulatory Affairs, will be presenting and taking Q&A at the end. Please note the presentation is free and will be captioned so come and join your fellow friends and members for an engaging time!