Hearing aid makers are in an uproar over the new regulations that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to release on Monday, which require manufacturers to submit a list of devices and hearing aid users that they will be offering to consumers by the end of this year.
Some are calling for a boycott, while others are urging Americans to continue to use their hearing aids.
But according to the Consumer Federation of America, the hearing aid industry is being hypocritical.
“The hearing aid makers that are taking the lead are the ones who are saying they’re not going to participate in the government mandate, and that they’re going to get out of the business of hearing aids,” said Karen Shaffer, who has been a member of the hearing-aid manufacturing industry for 35 years.
“What they’re really saying is, ‘I’m not going in,'” she told Newsweek.
“I know what I’m going to do, and I’m not a consumer.
I’m a businessperson.
So I don’t have the luxury of going to the hearing aids, because if I did, I would not be able to afford the cost of a hearing aid.
And that’s what’s going to happen.”
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, the head of the National Association of Manufacturers, John Hagee, said, “I would say the hearingaid manufacturers have not done the honest thing to make the choice to go in or not.”
But according a report from Consumer Reports, many manufacturers are in the middle of the game.
The report, which surveyed more than 700 manufacturers, found that nearly half of the manufacturers said they would participate in mandatory reporting to the federal government.
Only 5 percent said they had not, and only 10 percent said that they were not planning to.
Shaffer said that, as a consumer, it’s easy to just say, “Oh, I’m just going to keep using my hearing aids.”
And in some cases, consumers do.
But that’s not always the case.
Hageeb said that the majority of people who have heard aids say that they’ve never heard a complaint from a consumer about their hearing.
But when consumers complain, it often turns into a legal battle.
Hagede said that in some instances, hearing aids manufacturers have had to sue hearing aid manufacturers who have refused to comply.
For example, in 2011, a hearing-amplifier manufacturer named Bose filed a lawsuit against a company called Rokon, which makes hearing aids and other hearing aids products, claiming that Bose infringed on Roko’s intellectual property.
Rokoff, a company based in Taiwan, claimed that Bous products infringed Rokons trademark, but the hearing maker claimed that Rokos products infringe Bose’s trademark.
The hearing maker won the case, and in 2016, the federal appeals court ruled in Roks favor, saying that Roks trademark was not infringement.
The ruling was widely celebrated by the hearing amplifier industry, and the hearing amp manufacturers have been making good on their promises to the public.
In April, Rokonts CEO, Andrew T. Koehn, told Reuters that the hearing industry is making strides in educating consumers about hearing loss, and he called the hearing loss epidemic “a real crisis.”
“We’ve had about 150,000 people in the U.S. die from hearing loss,” he said.
“It’s been a real crisis.
It’s a huge crisis.
But I’m telling you, we’re getting better.
We’re getting much better.”