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Feature Presentation

The Future Of Hearing Aid Dispensing
Dave Fabry, Ph.D.
Vice President of Global Medical Affairs — ReSound
Bloomington, MN

Saturday Morning — June 24 — 2 CE Hours

For the past several years, hearing aids, and the traditional hearing aid delivery model, have come under review by industry organizations and the federal government. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration issued guidelines for personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), which eventually resulted in regulatory requirements for PSAPs in 2013. in 2015, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recommended establishing a new class of over the counter (OTC) hearing aids that could be purchased without the need for a credentialed dispenser. Last year, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) issued 12 recommendations to improve access and affordability of hearing aids. And finally, last December, the FDA issued a memorandum stating it will no longer enforce the medical evaluation requirement for persons over 18 years of age.

On the other side of the coin, continued innovation in hearing aid design and digital functionality are forcing hearing healthcare professionals to review their delivery model to address new technological forces — like upgradability, cognification, immediacy, accessibility, subscriptions, sharing, patient-driven fittings, tracking and self-measurement, filtering, remixing, and others.

Bottom Line: The inexorable regulatory and technology changes that will impact the hearing aid industry over the next few years will likely alter the distribution process that has been in place for decades.

The question is How...and what do hearing aid dispensers need to do to adapt?

Join us for this dynamic feature presentation that looks into the future of hearing aid dispensing and applies Kevin Kelly's 12 technological forces to the dispensing profession. The aging baby boomer generation will require different approaches than the ones hearing healthcare practitioners have used over the past 30 years. To be successful, dispensers will need to address some or all of the 12 technological forces discussed in this presentation in their practices.

Speaker Information
Dave Fabry is the Vice President of Global Medical Affairs for ReSound. He received his Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in 1988, and has divided his career equally between industry and clinical practice, having served as Director of Audiology at Mayo Clinic (1994-2002) and the University of Miami (2007-2009). He previous was Vice President of Audiology and Professional Relations for Phonak and Starkey. He is a past president of the American Academy of Audiology and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Audiology Today.