ATTENTION: CAA NEEDS YOUR HELP
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) introduced AB 2317 to the California Assembly on February 18, 2016. AB 2317 is seeking legislative authority that would empower the California State University system to offer a clinical doctoral degree in Audiology (AuD). CAA has stressed the tremendous need for more audiology training programs in California, as well as the importance of making audiology programs affordable so that they can draw a much needed linguistically and culturally diverse student population to serve California’s very diverse patient population.
Click here to review AB 2317.
To get this bill passed in committee, CAA is hoping to gain as much support as possible. We urge you to get involved and send a letter of support to Assemblyman Kevin Mullin as well as to your local representative.
CAA's letter to Assemblyman Mullin is available here for your reference.
FDA Draft Guidance Document on PSAPs and Hearing Aids
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the reopening of its comment period regarding the agency’s 2013 Draft Guidance document on personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) and hearing aids.
According to the Hearing Industries Association (HIA), the Draft Guidance, when finalized, is intended to further clarify the regulatory distinctions between hearing aids and PSAPs. The FDA regulates hearing aids as medical devices, and originally provided guidance on hearing aids and PSAPs in 2009. In the 2009 Draft Guidance, the FDA stated that PSAPs are not subject to regulation since they are designed to enhance normal hearing rather than to address hearing loss. After issuing its original Draft Guidance, which bans the marketing of PSAPs as hearing aids, the FDA recognized that greater clarity was needed due to claims by some PSAP manufacturers relating to hearing loss.
In reopening the comment period, the FDA also requested comment on the availability, accessibility, and use of hearing aids and PSAPs for consumers with hearing loss. As previously reported in several articles about PCAST in The Hearing Review, the FDA requested comments on recommendations in the Letter Report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in October, including the recommendation to create a “basic” category of hearing aids for over-the-counter (OTC) sale. In that request, the FDA specifically solicited comments on whether the benefits of expanded OTC access outweigh the risks of foregoing the requirement for an evaluation to rule out treatable, potentially progressive causes of hearing loss.
The FDA also has announced that it will be holding a workshop on April 21, 2016 at its headquarters in Maryland on “Streamlining Regulations for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for Hearing Aids” to discuss the appropriate level of GMP regulations. The FDA workshop will reportedly outline the agency’s perspective on the current GMPs that are required under the agency’s Quality Systems Regulation (QSR) and gather stakeholder and public input about alternative models for regulation that would accelerate innovation while still enabling quality design and manufacturing for hearing aids.
Source: FDA; HIA
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May is Better Hearing Month
Better Hearing and Speech Month in May is an opportunity to highlight how critical it is to identify and act on hearing issues in children and adults. Click here to access our resources page for more information on promoting our profession and educating consumers.
"Turn It To The Left"
"Turn It to the Left" is an educational rap song written by Benjamin Jackson, who sang the song at the last AAA conference to a standing ovation. The song is in support of the AAA's campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of exposure to high sound pressure levels. To read about the campaign and hear the song or see a performance of it, please visit www.turnittotheleft.com.
Can You Hear Me Now? The Impacts of Hearing Loss
Though it's one of the most common workplace injuries, noise-induced hearing loss also is one of the most overlooked. Employees and employers who don't pay attention to the importance of hearing protection potentially could lose much more than just their hearing. More...
Assembly District Representative
Not sure who the legislative representative is in your assembly district?
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The CAA board has started a volunteer opportunity program designed for you, the Audiologists of California, to get involved in various State programs and issues. More...
2016 CAA President's Message
Welcome to a fresh, new, shiny and bright 2016! As this year’s President of our wonderful state academy, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and share some thoughts on making 2016 an exciting year for audiology in the State of California! As a native of the greater Sacramento area I have had the opportunity to work in exciting and diverse environments such as the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto and at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Gaining experiences in both busy Otology practices as well as mentoring students and running a clinic in academia has provided me with the confidence to venture out on my own. I opened a private practice in Elk Grove with my husband in early 2015 and am loving every single minute with all the challenges and rewards! Combined with keeping up with my toddler and 3rd grader, both very busy boys, I would say 2016 looks to be no less exciting!
As I continue to grow professionally with each new year, so do all of you and so does our Academy. I would like to share three goals for myself, for all of you and for our organization for 2016: More...
Save the Date for the 2016 CAA Conference
Save the date for the 17th Annual CAA Conference which will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Diego Mission Valley
September 8–10, 2016
For details please visit the Annual Conference page.
SB 1326 AMENDMENTS TO THE SONG-BEVERLY CONSUMER WARRANTY ACT
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (SBCWA) now provides a 45-day warranty on all new and used hearing aids. Dispensers of hearing aids may provide a longer period than 45 days. If extending the warranty period beyond 45 days, the change must be specified in the required SBCWA language. The SBCWA warranty is the defined period that the consumer has the right to return the hearing aid. The term "warranty" in SBCWA does not refer to the hearing aid manufacturer's warranty. The dispenser must provide the buyer with a opy of the signed purchase agreement that includes the above SBCWA language verbatim. Upon delivery of the hearing aid, the dispenser shall provide the buyer with a delivery receipt that must include the delivery date and expiration date of the 45-day warranty period.
For all adjustments, replacements, or services that require the hearing aid to be out of the buyer's possession, the warranty period will be tolled and will resume on either the date the repaired or serviced hearing aid is redelivered to the buyer, or five days after the buyer is notified that the hearing aid is available for the buyer's possession.
Click here for an example of the Requirements for Purchase Agreement.
Click here to view the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board's document pertaining to the amended Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act
Ask your Senators to Support the Hearing Aid Tax Credit Act (S. 315)
The Hearing Aid Tax Credit Act (S. 315) has been introduced by Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This legislation will provide a tax credit of up to $500 towards the purchase of a hearing aid, available once every five years with no restrictions based on age or income. This has the potential to improve patient access to hearing aid technology. For more information and to access a sample letter to send to your legislator visit this web page.
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