Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act
On November 13, 2013, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced S. 1694, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act. This legislation provides a tax credit of up to $500 per device toward the purchase of a hearing aid, available once every five years.
The American Academy of Audiology enthusiastically supports this measure and will continue efforts to assist in passage of the legislation. You can help to gain support for this initiative by visiting the Legislative Action Center on the Academy’s Web site. Here you can locate your member of Congress and send an editable form letter urging support for S. 1694.
Direct Marketing of Hearing Aids
9/7/2012 - In our continuing efforts to keep NJAA membership informed of all issues impacting audiologists, we felt it was important to share this joint letter to the FDA from The Academy of Doctors of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and International Hearing Society dated 8/31/2012 regarding the direct marketing of hearing aids being sold as Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs).
Hearing Aid Dispensing
8/7/2012 - The NJ Hearing Aid Dispensers Examining Committee has posted a letter of guidance and interpretation of policies on their web site for their members. Some NJAA members may be interested in reading this information.
ASHA Discussions with hi HealthInnovations
2/17/2012 - Following a series of meetings and discussions with the senior leadership at hi HealthInnovations, ASHA has not received any information from hi HealthInnovations indicating that they intend to change their business model in a way that protects patents’ well-being or ensures effective hearing outcomes. More...
AAA/ADA Board Members meet with UHC
On January 31, 2012, members of leadership and staff from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) met with representatives from United Healthcare and hi HealthInnovations. Details of the meeting.
United Healthcare offers direct-to-consumer hearing tests and aids
The health plan says the program will save patients thousands of dollars, but physicians question whether it's good medicine. Details at amednews.com
Cerumen Management in New Jersey
Cerumen Management is now under NJ audiologists' scope of practice. For more information, please log in and go to the Professional Issues page in the Members Only area.
On June 3, 2011, Direct Access (H.R 2140) was Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 2140, the Medicare Hearing Health Care Enhancement Act of 2011 is identical to H.R. 3024 and was introduced by Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR) who was joined by 11 original cosponsors.
H.R. 2140, if passed, will eliminate the need for Medicare patients to obtain a physician referral prior to visiting an audiologist for an evaluation.
It is vital that you contact your Representatives in Congress today to encourage him/her to support this critical piece of legislation. Progress of the bill may be tracked here.
"Turn It To The Left"
"Turn It to the Left" is an educational rap song written by Benjamin Jackson, who sang the song at the last AAA conference to a standing ovation. The song is in support of the AAA's campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of exposure to high sound pressure levels. To read about the campaign and hear the song or see a performance of it, please visit www.turnittotheleft.com
Can You Hear Me Now?
The Impact of Hearing Loss
Though it's one of the most common workplace injuries, noise-induced hearing loss also is one of the most overlooked. Employees and employers who don't pay attention to the importance of hearing protection potentially could lose much more than just their hearing. More...
EARmark 4 New Jersey in 2014!
As part of NJAA's Fifth Annual Conference, taking place October 18, 2013, at Montclair State University, we are pleased to announce our participation in a new AAA Foundation program: "EARmark 4 New Jersey in 2014!" With this program, new donors to the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) can EARmark 25% of their tax-deductible gift to go back to the New Jersey Academy of Audiology's educational and public awareness programs.\
If you are a new AAAF donor, just type "New Jersey Academy of Audiology" in the "tribute" field when making a gift online to the AAAF. It's that easy to make an impact on audiology philanthropy globally, nationally, and LOCALLY!
Additional information about how you can participate in "EARmark 4 New Jersey in 2014!" will be available in your NJAA Fifth Annual Conference package.
President's Message, June 2013
Dear NJAA Members,
I hope you are all having a good year and have plans for some R&R over the coming summer months. By now you all should have received your "Save-the-date" postcard for our Fall Conference.
Dr. Faith Mogila, our Vice President for Continuing Education, has been busy planning for our annual event to be held on Friday, October 18th, 2013. Our conference this year will focus on Pediatric Audiology.
Faith has also been working with our NJSHA colleagues to plan a spring continuing education event. NJSHA and NJAA will be co-sponsoring a number of great presentations on current topics in diagnosis and remediation of individuals with hearing loss. This event will occur during the Spring 2014 NJSHA meeting in Long Branch, NJ. Stay tuned for more information.
Dr. Bob Woods has been actively investigating the idea of developing proposed legislation for a single license for New Jersey audiologists that would cover diagnostics and hearing aids. It looks as though this may be a good time to approach some of our state legislators to discuss this possibility. Bob will keep us posted and let us know what we may be able to do to help move this forward.
I am also pleased to be able to send you the attached presentation for your professional use. It was developed by our Vice President for Public Relations, Dr. David Cooper and is entitled, "Internet Hearing Aid Sales: Sometimes Saving Money Becomes Very Expensive." It was created in hopes that NJAA members will find it useful to inform our patients, potential patients and others about the pitfalls and problems associated with purchasing hearing aids on-line.
Please feel feel to use this presentation at any off-site meetings you may like to set up to promote your practice and educate patients and potential patients on this important issue. In addition, even if you do not plan to set up off-site meetings on this topic, we believe that the information contained within can help you discuss this issue with patients and potential patients one-on-one who may be considering purchasing their hearing aids from the Internet.
Whether you use the presentation off-site, or its messages in one-on-one discussions, we'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know if and where you use it, as well as audience response, with a quick note using the Contact Us page.
We hope you enjoy the summer and look forward to seeing everyone at our Annual Conference October 18th.
Janet Koehnke, Ph.D.
Letter to the Editor
8/7/2012 - Read the text of NJAA President Janet Koehnke's Letter to the Editor regarding United Healthcare’s Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Aid Dispensing Program not being in the best interests of consumers with hearing loss.
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