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...
President's Message - February, 2015
February 24, 2015
NJAA is very excited to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors: Alex Malyarovich our new VP for Membership, Michelle Needleman our new Secretary, and Ann Marie Olson our new VP of Communications.
As your incoming President, I am looking forward to my new role and will work closely with our Past President, Dr. Janet Koehnke, and the rest of the Board. One of our primary goals this year is to increase communication from you, our members. We are working on ways to make it easier for you to send us ideas and suggestions on how we can make NJAA as valuable as possible to NJ audiologists.
For the second consecutive year NJAA has partnered with NJSHA to provide more audiology focused sessions during the NJSHA Conference. The audiology topics will include Effective Early Intervention for Hearing Loss, Classroom Amplification, Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline as well as a roundtable discussion with hearing aid manufacturers. NJSHA has extended their reduced member registration rate to NJAA members. The conference will take place April 30-May 1 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. Click here for additional conference information.
We are in the process of organizing our annual NJAA Conference scheduled for October. We will keep you posted once the details are finalized.
In closing, NJAA is hard at work for our members and we are excited for fresh ideas from our new Board as well as you our members. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions, we want to know what you are looking for and ways we can serve you better. Until then, we will keep you updated on legislative issues and concerns for NJ audiologist as well as our profession as a whole.
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.
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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