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OTC Hearing Aids

Over The Counter Hearing Aid Regulations

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center enthusiastically supports the concept of making hearing aids more accessible for those who need them. However, we want to ensure that regulations published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governing the rollout of Over The Counter (OTC) hearing aids maximize patient safety and convenience.

The public comment stage for these regulations is now open and as a part of the hearing care community we must raise our voices regarding some of the regulations, or lack thereof. Together, we can ensure that over-the-counter hearing aids are safe and effective for all patients.

This is your chance to advocate for yourself and others in our community who deal with hearing loss. You will also be helping Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center advocate for our providers who work hard every day to ensure our patients receive the best possible care.

We ask that you please take 5 minutes, personalize the message below as much as possible and submit. Your voice will play a vital role in shaping the direction of this new form of hearing healthcare.

Step one:

Go to this site: http://www.hearabouthearing.org/act-now.html

Step two:

Submit your message.  You do this on by clicking the link above.  You can use the one that is there or the one that we recommended below:

Subject: Changes Needed to Proposed FDA Regulations

Acting Commissioner Woodcock:

[Insert your personal tie, including your journey with hearing loss, your experience with hearing aids, and the audiology services you have received]

There are portions of the FDA’s proposed rule on OTC hearing aids that are unworkable and possibly even illegal. According to the current law, the regulations for OTC hearing aids are intended for consumers with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. The law says the FDA must provide reasonable assurances of safety and efficacy. The FDA’s proposed threshold of 115/120 dB output – as well as the lack of a proper gain limit – goes well beyond moderate hearing loss and has the potential to do serious additional damage to a patient’s hearing. I write to encourage the FDA to follow the law and adopt output and gain limits that conform to science- and evidence-based recommendations.

Additionally, there are no regulations regarding the locking of these devices.  If manufacturers are given the freedom to lock their OTC hearing aids, patients with challenges will not have access to the healthcare professionals who can best assist them.  It is the responsibility of the FDA to protect the patient by restricting the ability to lock OTC hearing aids.

More information regarding the proposed regulations can be found at:
http://www.hearabouthearing.org

Press Release

Bold City Best 2021 Winner

Jacksonville Jaguars Give & Go 2021

Bold City Best 2021

Voting is now open for the Bold City Best Awards!

Help Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center continue our reign as Bold City Best “Best Local Non-Profit” and “Best Hearing Aid Center” by casting your vote here!

The category of “Best Hearing Aid Center” can be found under Beauty & Health and the category of “Best Local Non-Profit” can be found under People & Places.

Voting runs from June 11th – June 27th.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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GivingTuesday 2020

Support JSHC This #GivingTuesday (December 1)!

On Tuesday, December 1, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will participate in #GivingTuesday2020, a global day dedicated to giving. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000—funds that will enable us to provide 428 people in our community with speech and hearing screenings. These screenings will provide the basis for individuals with speech, language, and hearing needs to receive the essential care that they require in order to effectively communicate.

And, thanks to generous match dollars from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, you have the opportunity to DOUBLE your impact when you donate here

Additionally, if 200 donors specifically give on #GivingTuesday (Tuesday, December 1st), we’ll receive $25,000 in bonus funds for our patients! Every gift will help us reach this goal, so please consider the fact that your gift could be the one that provides our patients with $25,000 more worth of care! Read more

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules

Looking for a way to stay safe AND stylish during COVID-19? Come join us on Thursday, August 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm for our socially-distanced Masks, Makeup, and Moscow Mules fundraiser!

Renowned makeup artist & photographer Reneé Parenteau invites you into her studio to learn the makeup secrets needed to look flawless while wearing a face mask. 

For $50, each guest will receive a professional makeup tutorial and bottomless Moscow mules! 

Spots are limited to ONLY 20 guests due to social distancing, so make sure to secure your spot before tickets sell out! To purchase tickets, please visit our Facebook or Eventbrite Event. 

Questions? Please contact Jackie Culver at JCulver@shcjax.org or (904) 717-6930.

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules