Announcements

  • Insurance and Billing Issues Getting You Down?

    Renew your IHS Membership by October 27 and receive an advance copy of IHS' Hearing Healthcare Professional's Guide to Third Party Participation!

    Visit http://bit.do/2018membership <http://bit.do/2018membership> to renew online and get your exclusive guide!

  • Stay with us at the HILTON ATLANTA

    ​Our host hotel for the 66th Annual IHS Convention & Expo is the HILTON ATLANTA. Be sure to book your hotel room right after you register for the Convention & Expo! Call 800.445.8667 before the hotel sells out!

  • ETHICS: Get CE Credits at IHS!

    Do you need Continuing Education on ETHICS and LAWS for License Renewal? Don't miss the 2 hour seminar (2 CE credits) during the 66th Annual IHS Convention & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.
    REGISTER TODAY at www.ihsconvention.org​

  • IHS Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate Program 2017!

    Register Now!
    November 17-18, 2017
    Dallas, Texas
    This two-day workshop will help you to provide hearing care for your patients with tinnitus.  This comprehensive curriculum focuses on tinnitus patient care involving physiology, psychology, measurement, management and practice organization.  A Tinnitus Care Provider certificate will be awarded only to those participants who attend the workshop and meet the passing standard of the assessment.​

  • Convention Early Bird Pricing Ends Today!

    Calling all conventioneers! Early Bird Pricing for the 66th Annual IHS Convention & Expo ends TODAY June 30th. The convention is Sept 14-16, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. Get your super discount before it's gone! Visit the site to register and learn more about the spectacular event we have planned for you!

  • CDC to Host Grand Rounds on Hearing Loss

    On June 20, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is hosting online Grand Rounds, “It’s Loud Out There; Hearing Health Across the Life Span." You can access the live broadcast and future archive here: https://www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds/index.htm

  • Last Call for OLD Distance Learning books!

    Access to the OLD Distance Learning course and the online tests will cease on December 31, 2017. Active students must pass the final exam in order to receive a Certificate of Completion by this date. Students who do not pass the final exam by 12/31/17 must purchase the new course to continue.

  • New e-Certificates

    Starting June 1, IHS will no longer mail a hard copy of the Certificate of Completion for Continuing Education. IHS will send the new e-certificate in PDF format to your email address. Please download and save the e-certificate in a safe place until your license renewal time.
    For questions, please contact Tracy Daunt, IHS Continuing Education Specialist at tdaunt@ihsinfo.org

  • Senate OTC Bill Introduced

    Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S.9, the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016, on December 1. This bill directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create an over-the-counter hearing aid classification for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss that may include tests for self-assessment of hearing loss, and finalize guidance on personal sound amplifiers. The bill also calls for the FDA to establish requirements that ensure the safety and efficacy of the OTC device, and delineate the circumstances under which an OTC device may be sold without professional involvement. IHS met with the sponsors’ staffs to express our strong concerns with the bill, which is not expected to see final action in 2016. IHS will be in touch with members in the new year with calls to action.

  • Fit to Serve Bill Passes U. S. Senate!

    IHS’ veterans hearing care access legislation, H.R. 3471, reached another milestone on November 17 when it was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. The bill, now awaiting the President’s signature, authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs’ use of hearing aid specialists on the audiology-led hearing healthcare team, and encourages their use in the contract network. This first step in our Fit to Serve campaign is four years in the making, and now IHS will turn its attention to the VA’s implementation of related policy and resolving problems with the contract network that prevent hearing aid specialists from being able to help as VA providers. View the bill, and keep your eyes out for the 2017 Quarter 1 issue of The Hearing Professional for a comprehensive review of the Fit to Serve campaign and related information.

  • FDA Medical Clearance Change

    On December 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would no longer be enforcing the medical clearance and waiver requirements, and will engage the federal rule-making process to modify the FDA hearing aid rule accordingly. The FDA also said it is still actively considering the creation of an over-the-counter hearing aid classification. These announcements come in response to recommendations made over the past year by the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology and the National Academies of Medicine, Engineering and Science, who are seeking to “improve access and affordability.” For more information about the FDA’s action and IHS advice, see the 12/8 email sent to members or log into the Hearing Hub for an interactive discussion on this topic.

  • IHS Office Thanksgiving Schedule

    Hi everyone! The IHS headquarters office will be closed Nov. 24 and 25 for the US Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all of our members and friends a happy and safe holiday!