October Is National Audiology Awareness Month. In recognition of all that you do for your patients, The Hearing Journal Podcast brings you a special edition covering the FDA final rule on over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. This 4-part series shares important information on the changing hearing aid landscape, what it means for you, and how you can help secure audiology's future. Listen now.
Part 1: An Overview of OTC Devices
Part 1 of our series interviews Victor Bray, PhD, and David Akbari, AuD, on a review of the FDA final rule and how it defines an OTC device.
Dr. Bray is an Associate Professor of Audiology at Salus University and the Past President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Dr. Ackbari is the Senior Medical Science, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Liaison at Intricon Corporation and serves as the current Chairman of the ANSI/ASA S3 WG48 working group that develops and maintains standards for the objective measurement of hearing aids.
“In my opinion, audiologists have an historic and unprecedented opportunity to reimagine the service delivery model that we use," said Ackbari.
Part 2: The New Category of Prescription Hearing Aids
Part 2 of our series interviews Alicia Spoor, AuD, on the creation of a new category of prescription hearing aids and the need for all states to review their licensure laws.
Dr. Spoor is the owner of Designer Audiology in Highland, Maryland. She serves as the Advocacy Chair for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and is the Legislative Chair for the Maryland Academy of Audiology. She is also Past President of both organizations.
“You have to take action. If you don't agree with something that the associations and organizations do, you need to stop being a member because that gives them credit when they speak on your behalf. You need to stop paying dues, going to conventions, and being certified by those organizations," said Spoor. “Then, you need to find those people that do believe what you believe at the association and organization level. That's where you become a member, you attend their conferences, and you donate your time, talent, and treasure to their committees' advocacy funds and more."
Part 3: The Outlook Among the Obstacles
Part 3 of our series interviews Stephanie Czuhajewski, MPH, CFE, on the current and potential obstacles audiologists face due to the FDA final rule.
Stephanie Czuhajewski is the Executive Director of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She has two decades of nonprofit leadership experience, with a focus on outreach and stakeholder relations.
“The entire health care landscape is changing, not just in the area of audiology," said Czuhajewski. “And it's increasingly important to be able to measure outcomes as a means of measuring value."
Part 4: A Call to Action
Part 4 of our series interviews Kristin Davis, AuD, on how audiologists can spring into action and look forward to a positive future with new opportunities for the profession.
Dr. Davis is the owner of Davis Audiology, which includes three successful practices throughout South Carolina. In 2017, she was co-awarded the Academy of Doctors of Audiology's Craig W. Johnson Audiology Advocate Award. She currently serves as President of the ADA Board of Directors.
“Think about it as a time of great change and also as a time to create the future that we want," said Davis. “We just have to be actively involved in it."
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