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

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Bold City Best 2021 Winner

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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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The holidays are upon us! We look forward to the spirit of the season and the rituals of celebration. The way we celebrate has certainly changed over the course of this year! While some traditions (old and new) involve more personal interaction than others, for people with hearing loss, the anticipation of meeting people in a small group, one-on-one, or online can cause worry about being able to hear clearly and participate fully.

If you have hearing loss, it can be difficult to attend a gathering or talk to celebrating coworkers online unless you’ve opened up about your hearing loss and taken steps towards improved communications. This season, you can navigate holiday conversations successfully by following the 3 P’s: planning, preparation, and practice. Read more

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Fund-A-Child Match Challenge 2020

Fund-A-Child Match Challenge 2020

Last year, our Fund-A-Child Program provided 156 children with 619 intensive speech therapy sessions! Through these sessions, all of our young patients gained the language skills needed to succeed at home, at school, and in all other areas of the community. Without Fund-A-Child, it is likely that 95 percent of these children would have been unable to receive speech therapy services due to lack of finances. 

This year, we have the opportunity to help even more children in-need! Thanks to the generosity of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Joseph and Gertrude Larose Foundation, and generous donor Gretchen  Swinson, we have the opportunity to match up to $37,500 for our Fund-A-Child Program! 

This means that, for every dollar that you give, your impact will be doubled! 

Thank you in advance for your generosity! By giving the gift of communication, you can help forever improve the lives of children in our community and equip them for success in school and in life!