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"Change" graphicCompetition, innovation, and consumer protection issues in hearing health care workshop to be held in April by the Federal Trade Commission.

Thursday, 01/05/2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it is hosting a day long workshop in Washington, DC on April 18, 2017 to examine several crucial issues raised by hearing health and technology, particularly hearing aids and devices with similar functions and features.

You can view a live webcast of the workshop on the day of the event and offer comments on the topics covered in the workshop.

The workshop will bring together researchers, health care providers, industry and consumer representatives, policymakers, and others to examine changes in hearing healthcare stimulated  by the groundbreaking NAS study, Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Access and Affordability:

  • ways in which enhanced competition and innovation  might increase the availability and adoption of hearing aids by those consumers who need them
  • how to balance consumer health and safety issues with consumer interests in greater competition and innovation and ensure consumers have access to truthful and non-misleading information about hearing health products and services.

Further information on the workshop and the public comment process, including a list of suggested questions open for comment are available on the workshop website.

A link to the webcast will be added on the day of the workshop.

The daylong workshop is free and open to the public and will be held at the Constitution Center, 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024.