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University of Colorado Student Academy of Audiology Endorses 18X18 Movement

July 26, 2016
The University of Colorado Student Academy of Audiology has endorsed audiology’s 18x18 Movement to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for treatment of Audiologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing audiology services under Medicare.

The Audiology Patient Choice Act, currently under consideration by Congress, also provides for a broadened scope of audiology services available for coverage under the Medicare program and enables Medicare beneficiaries to have their choice of qualified audiologist.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your organization would like to endorse 18x18 and shape the future of audiology!

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Releases Long-Awaited Report, Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability

June 2, 2016
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, today, released a long-awaited report, Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report called for greater transparency and changes in the cost of hearing health care and expanded treatment options given the number of Americans who have hearing loss and the high cost of hearing health care.  View the press release.

This landmark report supports ADA recommendations to improve access to safe, effective and affordable hearing care, including:
  • The recommendation that public health agencies and private organizations place greater emphasis on improving population-based information on hearing loss, associated co-morbidities, the importance of hearing health care and the promotion of community-based actions to support and manage hearing health and communication
  • The recommendation that audiologists be reimbursed by Medicare for the services that they are licensed to provide (contained in the Audiology Patient Choice Act)
  • The recommendation that the FDA remove barriers to access including the requirement for a medical evaluation prior to the purchase of a hearing aid and to create an over-the-counter category of hearing device for those adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss
  • That CMS and other agencies implement innovative models of hearing health care including patients to have direct access to audiology services (contained in the Audiology Patient Choice Act)
  • Increased transparency with regard to the cost of hearing healthcare through  itemization and unbundling
  • Increased portability for patient records, audio profiles and hearing device software
“On its face, ADA is extremely pleased with the findings put forward by the Committee, and we look forward to reviewing them in greater detail to make a more detailed assessment,” said ADA President, Dr. Rita Chaiken. “These findings and recommendations will undoubtedly have a significant impact on hearing healthcare in the future.”
Quick Links to view Information from the Committee:  
Related ADA Recommendations: ADA leaders will further examine the report findings and recommendations in detail over the coming weeks and will provide additional information to ADA members as it becomes available.

AuDvocate for AuDiology: Participate in the February Reverse Fly-in

November 22, 2015
ADA has signed on a great group of new cosponsors to the Audiology Patient Choice Act, H.R. 2519, and now that Congress has settled in for the second half of the 114th Congress, it is time to redouble our efforts!

February is the perfect time to invite your Representatives and Senators to tour your office while they are on their February recess. These tours are a crucial part of our advocacy efforts, because the more we engage members of Congress, the more successful we will be in advancing the 18x18 initiative and The Audiology Patient Choice Act.

The visits provide audiologists the opportunity to show our elected officials, first-hand, our commitment to the patient population we serve, as well as to demonstrate the variety of diagnostic and treatment services we provide to their constituents in the community. The staff and our partners at our practices can also benefit from interacting with Members of Congress and their staff.

In addition, tours allow lawmakers to hear directly from our patients about how important it is for them to have access to treatment for hearing and balance disorders. By showing legislators how our patients benefit from quality care that we provide, we are better able to demonstrate why the Medicare program needs to be updated to give Medicare patients greater access to care and choice of provider in treating their hearing and balance disorders. Tours can provide great value in opening up a direct conversation with lawmakers about the shortcomings of the Medicare program, the unnecessary burdens it places on seniors who are seeking Audiologic Care, and the need to enact the Audiology Patient Choice Act, H.R. 2519.

To view resources for a reverse fly-in at your office, click here. If you require assistance setting up a meeting with your legislator, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Endorse 18x18

Thank you to the following organizations that have publicly endorsed the 18x18 Initiative. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add your organization.

ABC Hearing Net
Academy of Doctors of Audiology
American Academy of Audiology
A.T. Still University Student Academy of Audiology
Audiological Resource Association
Audiology Associates of Deerfield, PC
Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, LLC
Audiology Associates
Audiology Clinic, Inc.
Audiology HEARS, PC
California Academy of Audiology
Beaver Dam Family Hearing Care
David and Carol Myers Foundation
Davis Audiology
Designer Audiology, LLC
East Valley Hearing Center
ESCO - Ear Service Corporation
Florida Academy of Audiology (FLAA)
Hear Virginia LLC
Hearing Associates, Inc.
Hearing Help Audiology
Hearing Innovations
Hearing Solutions by Marcy, Inc.
Illinois Academy of Audiology
Georgia Academy of Audiology
Kentucky Academy of Audiology
Lesner Hearing Center
Louisiana Academy of Audiology
Maryland Academy of Audiology
Minnesota Academy of Audiology
Montana Audiology Guild
Montana Speech-Language Hearing Association
National Aging in Place Council
New Hampshire Academy of Audiology
New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association
Northern Illinois University (NIU) Chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology
Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology
Salus University
Scott Haug Foundation
South Carolina Academy of Audiology
Southeast Kentucky Audiology Services, Inc.
The Hearing Care Group of Metropolitan New York
The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA)
Tennessee Academy of Audiology
Texas Academy of Audiology
Traci L. Wilkerson, Au D., Inc. PC
University of Colorado SAA Chapter
University of North Texas SAA Chapter

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