President Signs Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Into Law

President Signs Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Into Law

On August 18, President Trump signed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) User Fee Reauthorization Bill into law. One of the attachments to the bill is the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act had been passed by the House of Representatives on July 12 and the Senate on August 3. Now that the bill is signed into law it will go to the FDA, who will begin drafting the rules and regulations for it. While the FDA has three years to complete that process we are hopeful that it will be done much sooner.

Hearing Loss Magazine

The September/October issue of Hearing Loss Magazine will be out in just a few weeks. Our annual children’s/young adult issue is loaded with great articles and information. You’ll read about up-and-coming musician Zoë Nutt; Clark and Caroline Davis, a brother and sister whose love for ice hockey is greater than the obstacles they face with hearing loss; information on features and benefits to consider when purchasing hearing aids and much more!

We Need Your Input – Take the HLAA/Hearing Health Foundation Survey!

HLAA and the Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) are working together to better serve our constituents’ needs and raise awareness of the effects of hearing loss. To get to know you better, HLAA and HHF have collaborated on a survey to learn a little more about you and your hearing loss.

The survey takes less than five minutes and your answers are completely anonymous. You can take the survey online at If you would prefer to mail it in, that’s fine too. Simply print the survey, fill it out, and mail it to:

Hearing Health Foundation
363 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Included in the survey are a few questions related to over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. Given that this is such a hot topic right now getting your feedback is extremely important, so take just a few minutes and give us your input today!

Fall Walk4Hearing Kickoff Dates Announced

The 2017 Fall Walk4Hearing is about to get underway! Prior to attending the Walk, take the first step and attend a Walk kickoff event. The kickoff is a great way to get your fundraising materials, learn how to build a successful team, and network with others who are affected by hearing loss. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Walk4Hearing locations page and choose the Walk you are participating in.

Are You up for the Walk4Hearing #HearingLossChallenge?

HLAA is challenging you to experience hearing loss at a Walk4Hearing with the #HearingLossChallenge! Only people with hearing loss know what it’s like to live in a world without sound, so grab a pair of ear plugs at the Walk4Hearing in your city and experience what it’s like for the 48 million people living with hearing loss. Visit to learn more.

Convention Photos Now Available!

The HLAA2017 Convention was yet another educational and enjoyable time for all who attended. You can take a look at the photos in the Convention Archives.

Drum Roll Please!

We are so excited to announce that HLAA has signed on America’s Got Talent Contestant Mandy Harvey to perform at the HLAA2018 Convention! Be sure to vote and follow Mandy on her journey on this season’s America’s Got Talent!

Why Patients Need Hearing Loops

In a new Hearing Journal article, HLAA Hearing Loop Advocate Juliette Sterkëns, Au.D., discusses the importance of loops for people with hearing loss. A telecoil along with a hearing loop is one of the most effective ways to improve the ability to understand speech over distance or in noise. It is estimated that seven in 10 hearing aids sold today either comes with a built-in telecoil or a wireless accessory that has a telecoil (a.k.a. a streamer). While there are other one-on-one workarounds such as wireless Bluetooth microphones and FM systems, none of these offer the telecoil’s easy and direct-to-hearing-aid-compatible solution for hearing in looped public venues.