Announcements

  • 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!

  • IHS New Distance Learning Course and 2nd edition Trainer Manual

    This new course teaches the fundamentals through the comprehensive curriculum based on the core competencies of the profession.

  • 2017 IHS Membership Renewal Now Open!

    Renewals are now open for the 2017 membership year. All memberships expire December 31, 2016, so be sure to get your renewal in before that!