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Biden Executive Order Looks at Cost of Hearing Aids
Attached is a link to the executive order from the Biden administration as it relates to hearing aids. The reference appears to be focused on OTC aids. We as Pennsylvania Audiologists should continue to monitor the rules and regulations from the FDA as it relates to OTC hearing aids.
It is important to remember that in the face of disruption there is always opportunity. I truly feel that this is an opportunity for Audiologists to demonstrate their importance in the hearing aid dispensing process. The identification of those individuals that are truly candidates for OTC verses more severe hearing loss and communication needs that would require the more sophisticated technology and services of an Audiologist and medical referral to an ENT is our primary role.
Your Board will continue to monitor information as it becomes available.
Jim Shafer, AuD
VP of Governmental Affairs
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is excited to announce the first annual publication of the Resource Guide for Supporting Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Individuals. The purpose of this guide is to offer resources in one central location for those who support or care for someone who is Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind and receives supports from ODP. The Guide provides some of the most frequently accessed resources to assist in addressing the unique needs of these populations, such as information about ASL courses, apps, home modifications, assistive technology, a foundational organizations directory, and so much more!
Development of this guide included input from individuals within the Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, and hearing communities and will be revised annually by ODP’s Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee.
This Guide is attached and will also be available in the near future on MyODP.org under Training > Special Populations > Deaf Services
For questions, email RA-ODPDeafServices@pa.gov.
Congratulations Jonette Owen, MS, AuD
PAA President Elect
2021 Alumni Association Awardee
Audiology Alumna of the Year
The Salus University Alumni Association annually recognizes the professional contributions and achievements of graduates and friends of the institution. Awardees are nominated by alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of Salus.
The Audiology Alumna of the Year Award is presented to an alumnus of the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) or the PCO School of Audiology who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of Audiology, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University and OCA.
The Academy is a professional organization of university-trained audiologists practicing in a variety of settings within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PAA audiologists are dedicated to serving all people with hearing problems. The Academy promotes the profession of audiology as an autonomous profession to serve the hearing health-care needs of all people. The Academy fosters the ability of our members to achieve their career and professional objectives, provides quality continuing educational experiences, promotes public and consumer awareness of hearing problems and solutions to improve hearing, and advocates the profession of audiology to regulatory agencies and legislatures in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology
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Phone: (717) 236-2050 | Fax: (717) 236-2046