As part of the new Hearing Aid Testing Initiative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin requiring testing for hearing aids, which is intended to increase public understanding of hearing aid use.
The new testing, which will take place in states where the FDA has already required testing, will also require testing for any hearing aid that is not an “alternative device” that is marketed to use in conjunction with an earpiece, earphones, or ear plugs.
As a result, hearing aid manufacturers will be required to test for hearing aid compatibility and quality, including whether the product is a good fit for those with hearing loss.
“The hearing aid industry is working with the FDA and Congress to ensure that the Hearing Aid Standards and Practices Act (HASPA) is fully implemented,” said the FDA’s James K. Flanders, in a statement to National Review.
“This testing effort is a major step toward meeting the goal of having all Americans who use hearing aids have a high-quality product.”
The FDA’s test will also be conducted for all types of hearing aids and devices, including hearing aids for the deaf, as well as hearing aids that are not ear plugs or earmuffs, and hearing aids sold in the U: $30,000 in funding will be allocated to the hearing aid and hearing aid device testing initiative.
The hearing aid manufacturer’s response to the testing initiative is not expected to be published until June.
The FDA has not yet released a schedule for when testing will be conducted.
Hearing aid manufacturers have been working with Congress on the testing for months, and it’s important to note that this testing is not meant to be a comprehensive, universal test for all hearing aids.
It’s only meant to test one particular type of hearing device that may be used with hearing aids or not, so that testing can be done in a way that’s relevant to the consumer, according to FDA spokesperson Katie M. Meehan.
The U. S. government has had to conduct testing for over a decade, and the FDA is expected to continue to test devices until the hearing aids market is entirely filled, Meeham said.
The testing initiative will help to ensure hearing aid makers are testing their products properly, Meeshan added.
As part the testing, hearing aids manufacturers will also have to submit data from their ear and nose-to-ear testing to the FDA.
The data will be used to determine whether any hearing aids in use have been altered in any way, including through manufacturing, and will be submitted electronically.
In the meantime, hearing-aid manufacturers will continue to use existing testing guidelines and equipment, including the ability to take pictures of hearing-impaired users and their equipment.
Hearing-aid companies are expected to provide information about the testing process to consumers as well.
The Hearing Aid Test Initiative is a federal program that allows for the testing of any hearing-amplifying hearing aid or hearing aid product, including those that do not fall under the FDA guidelines.
“We are very excited about the Hearing Hearing Aid Standard and Practices Initiative, which allows us to be more transparent about the quality of our products and provide consumers with better choices for hearing protection,” said Lisa Miller, the chief operating officer of the American Hearing Association, in an emailed statement to NR.
“While we know that some hearing aids are not for everyone, we are proud to be able to provide these devices for people who need them most.”