Successful Passsage of AB 2317
ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9, GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED AB 2317 INTO LAW. THIS BILL WILL NOW ALLOW THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM TO OFFER AuD PROGRAMS! THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR CAA IN ITS QUEST TO HELP BRING MUCH NEEDED AUDIOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAMS TO THE STATE! THE NUMBER AND LOCATION OF THE PROGRAMS HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED, BUT THIS IS A HUGE STEP FORWARD FOR CALIFORNIA AUDIOLOGY. A BIG THANK YOU GOES TO SACRAMENTO ADVOCATES FOR THEIR HELP AND DIRECTION IN GETTING THIS BILL PASSED!
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CAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Text of AB 2317.
Final Revision of CAA Bylaws
You can now download the final version of the CAA Bylaws in the Members Only area.
HLAA-CA Heearing Loss Tech Expo
Don’t Miss the HLAA-CA Heearing Loss Tech Expo, October 8, 2016, in Belmont, California.
Attendance is Free for All CAA Members. Click here for more information
FDA Draft Guidance Document on PSAPs and Hearing Aids
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the reopening of its comment period regarding the agency’s 2013 Draft Guidance document on personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) and hearing aids.
According to the Hearing Industries Association (HIA), the Draft Guidance, when finalized, is intended to further clarify the regulatory distinctions between hearing aids and PSAPs.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 In the 2009 Draft Guidance, the FDA stated that PSAPs are not subject to regulation since they are designed to enhance normal hearing rather than to address hearing loss. After issuing its original Draft Guidance, which bans the marketing of PSAPs as hearing aids, the FDA recognized that greater clarity was needed due to claims by some PSAP manufacturers relating to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?
Click here for a list of assembly members.
Click here to look up your legislator by address.
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...
2017 CAA President's Message
January 10, 2017
A Message from CAA President Amber Powner, Au.D.
On behalf of myself and the Board of Directors, welcome to the California Academy of Audiology (CAA)! I am so thankful and privileged to have the opportunity to serve this wonderful state and organization as President in 2017. I was fortunate to see the inner workings of the Board as the Northern California Representative for the past two years, only shortly after moving to California from Colorado.
The story of how I becames an audiologist is pretty typical; a young girl with hearing loss found herself arguing with her mother over a music degree, and angrily opened her University catalogue. As she didn’t want to go into a major just for her parent’s sake, and especially did not want to have a degree that required graduate school. ‘If I can’t do music,” she said, “then I’ll find something else!” Opening the book, she immediately pointed to the very first thing on the list. “Audiology! I know what that is – I will just do THAT instead!” Little did she know, she found more than just a new college major (that, of course, broke her “no graduate school” ideation): she found her calling in life.
I like to think most people who meet me notice my passion for audiology. More...
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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