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News Article | May 4, 2017
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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio market research analysts forecast the global human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing transplant market to grow at a CAGR of more than 9% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The market study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global HLA typing transplant market for 2017-2021. The report also lists systems and software as the two major product segments. According to Srinivas Sashidar, a lead analyst at Technavio for in-vitro diagnostics research, “The increasing demand for organ transplantation has driven the sales of HLA typing tests. The growing incidence of chronic diseases such as kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, coronary artery disease, and acute and chronic hepatitis among all age groups has increased the need for HLA typing to reduce the graft rejection cases.” Technavio’s insights help you make informed business decisions: Buy this report now Technavio reports answer key questions relating to market size and growth, drivers and trends, top vendors, challenges, and more. Their analysts continuously monitor and evaluate the market landscape to help businesses assess their competitive position. Technavio analysts highlight the following three market drivers that are contributing to the growth of the global HLA typing transplant market: The demand for tissue and organs such as bone marrow, heart, liver, kidney, and lungs is very high worldwide. The increasing rate of alcohol consumption, unhealthy lifestyles and food habits, and drug intake are the leading causes of organ failure. In addition, the rise in older adult population results in increased demand for organs for transplantation. According to a combined study conducted by the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hepatology, Loyola University Medical Center; Department of Preventive Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago; and Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Michigan Health System, in 2015, liver cirrhosis is one of the major factors of death in the US. As a part of the treatment, a person might undergo liver transplantation procedure. For liver recipients, HLA testing is conducted to match the HLAA, HLA B, and HLA DR LOCi. It is safe when the HLA of both organ donor and recipient matches as it reduces the graft rejection cases. The development of new and improved transplantation products, such as organ preservation solution for particular organs, tissue typing technology (HLA typing), and surgical medical instruments, drives the market growth. Also, the advances in PCR, such as improvements in system design and advanced assay development, provide high accuracy and efficiency in tissue typing. The advancement in transplant technology increases patient safety and monitors organ functioning. This ultimately increases the post-transplant recovery period. The growing acquisition of small hospitals has helped to increase organ transplantation, wound care, and transplant diagnosis in the market, which has indirectly impacted the growth of HLA typing transplant market positively. Tier 1 hospitals acquire small specialized hospitals, which helps to train the healthcare staff, physicians, and nurses. It also helps to meet growing patient needs by providing a range of patient monitoring equipment. “The presence of skilled professionals in these hospitals encourages people to opt for these smaller specialty hospitals. The skills and techniques used by professional healthcare providers have improved with the increasing number of M&As. It helped the global HLA typing transplant market to grow,” says Srinivas. Become a Technavio Insights member and access all three of these reports for a fraction of their original cost. As a Technavio Insights member, you will have immediate access to new reports as they’re published in addition to all 6,000+ existing reports covering segments like oncology, vaccines, and urology devices. This subscription nets you thousands in savings, while staying connected to Technavio’s constant transforming research library, helping you make informed business decisions more efficiently. Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. The company develops over 2000 pieces of research every year, covering more than 500 technologies across 80 countries. Technavio has about 300 analysts globally who specialize in customized consulting and business research assignments across the latest leading edge technologies. Technavio analysts employ primary as well as secondary research techniques to ascertain the size and vendor landscape in a range of markets. Analysts obtain information using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches, besides using in-house market modeling tools and proprietary databases. They corroborate this data with the data obtained from various market participants and stakeholders across the value chain, including vendors, service providers, distributors, re-sellers, and end-users. If you are interested in more information, please contact our media team at media@technavio.com.


News Article | May 17, 2017
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BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consumers with hearing loss are invited to HLAA2017, the largest communication-accessible educational program and trade show for people with hearing loss in the country, hosted by the Hearing Loss Association of America. Real-time captions and hearing loop technology will be in use in all workshops and plenary sessions at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center and host hotel, Little America. In a pre-Convention statement,” HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley said, “The HLAA Convention is an event many people look forward to each year -- from people with hearing loss, to companies and sponsors who want to showcase their products, to presenters who have the latest to share on hearing loss. We all come together where everyone can "hear" and realize there is hope to living well with hearing loss." Advanced registration is open through May 31 after which registration is welcome on-site at the Salt Palace Convention Center located at 100 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit the Convention page to find registration information, schedule-at-a-glance, workshop descriptions and more. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. In addition to the Convention, HLAA produces Walk4Hearing events in 20 cities, publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone 301.657.2248 or visit hearingloss.org.


BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Senate today passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. The bill was already passed by the House of Representatives on July 12. With this groundbreaking legislation Congress has sent a message to America that people with hearing loss need – and deserve – more affordable and accessible hearing health care. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has supported the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act since it was introduced in the Senate by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in March of this year. The companion House bill was introduced by Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “Senators Warren and Grassley and Representatives Kennedy and Blackburn – among many others – have worked tirelessly to ensure passage of this bill. Their efforts are sure to make a significant difference in the lives of millions of people with hearing loss,” said Barbara Kelley, HLAA executive director. The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter to adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the proposed legislation would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate this new category of OTC hearing aids to ensure they meet the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling and manufacturing protection that all other medical devices must meet. This will give consumers the option to purchase a safe, high-quality FDA-regulated device at lower cost. Since this new category has not yet been created it is unclear how the devices will be defined. However, they should not be confused with products already on the market called PSAPs (Personal Sound Amplification Products). PSAPs cannot legally be marketed to people with hearing loss as a “hearing aid,” only to those with normal hearing as an amplification device. Now that the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 has been passed by both the House and Senate it will go to the president to sign into law. Once the bill is signed into law it will go to the FDA to begin drafting the rules and regulations. While the FDA has three years to complete that process we are hopeful that it will be done much sooner. HLAA is currently working with the FDA on labeling of OTC products, product safety and consumer protection. Don’t Wait to Get Your Hearing Checked If you think you have a hearing loss, do not wait for over-the-counter hearing aids to come to market. First, there will be an extended rulemaking period where anyone can comment after which the FDA has to evaluate and decide on the standards for an OTC device. Second, not everyone will be able to get help from an OTC device. HLAA recommends seeing an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist if you are having trouble on the phone, asking others to repeat, turning up the volume on your television, or showing other warning signs. Untreated hearing loss can cause falls, isolation, depression, anxiety, and it has been shown that there is a link to cognition. Hearing loss should be prevented, screened for, and treated without delay. The future of hearing health care is changing, allowing people to make informed choices. HLAA will ensure consumers have unbiased and factual information and updates about new products, regulations, and legislation as they develop. About the Hearing Loss Association of America The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA holds annual conventions (HLAA2018 is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 21 – 24), produces Walk4Hearing events in 20 cities, publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone 301.657.2248 or visit hearingloss.org.


News Article | June 5, 2017
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Harris Communications, Inc. is bringing its latest hearing loss solutions to the Hearing Loss Association of America’s HLAA2017 Conference, June 22-25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Look for Harris Communications in Booth 215. This year, to celebrate 35 years of helping the hard of hearing live life to its fullest, Harris Communications’ booth will proudly be “In the Loop” with an Oval Window Microloop III along with a microphone and loop receiver (with headphones). The Oval Window Microloop III is an induction loop hearing assistance system that is suitable for TV rooms and small classrooms and meeting rooms. The system is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids as well as loop receivers with headphones, and can typically service up to 30 people. Harris Communications will give this system away at the close of the show. Stop by the booth to enter a free drawing. During HLAA, attendees can try out and buy the latest assistive listening devices available from Harris Communications, including personal amplifiers, hearing loop drivers and neckloops, TV listening amplifiers, amplified and captioned phones and cell phone accessories. Tinnitus sufferers can check out Harris’ newest sound therapy systems for masking tinnitus to help them drown out that annoying ringing in the ears and get a good night’s sleep. HLAA attendees also can see the latest alarm clocks and alerting systems for the hard of hearing and deaf, including the new affordable MyAlert™ alerting system from Silent Call. Harris Communications offers a variety of alarm clocks and wrist watches for the hard of hearing and deaf that wake even the deepest sleepers with vibration, loud audible alarms and/or light flash. Alerting systems are available to alert you to common household alerts, including doorbells/knocks, phone calls, kitchen timers, opened doors/windows, baby cries, smoke/CO detectors and weather emergencies. Hearing loss experts from Harris Communications will be available to answer questions and provide unbiased advice. HLAA members receive a 20% discount from Harris Communications; some exclusions apply. New Hearing Loss Products on Display at HLAA2017: ListenTALK ListenTALK is a two-way mobile communication system offering a personalized solution in environments where hearing is difficult, whether it’s at home, work, or school. ListenTALK is more than a transceiver, it’s an all-in-one device that facilitates communication and collaboration among two or more people in any setting with coverage up to 100 meters (328 feet) indoors and up to 200 meters (656 feet) outdoors. ListenTALK transceivers take less than a second to set up and pair. My Alert Designed for affordability and reliability, MyAlert from Silent Call is one of the most economical alerting systems available for the deaf and hard of hearing. MyAlert alerts the deaf and hard of hearing to important household sounds including the telephone or video phone, smartphone, doorbell, baby cries, kitchen timers, and opened doors and windows. It alerts with flashing lights, vibration and loud sound. The system uses unique Multi-Code technology, which means no false flashing from a neighbor’s system. Featuring 24/7 safe system supervision and class-leading range, MyAlert notifies users if any part of the system is not working. MyAlert includes a Digital Radio Frequency (DR-F) remote receiver that can be paired with up to four battery-powered transmitters (sold separately) and an optional bed shaker. A body worn wireless multi-function receiver is available. Each component is sold separately to minimize cost and allow users to customize their system. HC-TV95RF Serene TV system This new wireless radio frequency TV Listening System from Serene Innovations is one of the most economical and comfortable TV listening systems for the hard of hearing on the market. The lightweight receiver rests naturally on your collar and is comfortable to wear, even after hours of extended wear. You don’t have to worry about heavy headsets pulling on your ears like with other systems. It has a 100 foot range and transmits sounds though walls and ceilings. Panasonic Amplified Phones The latest Panasonic amplified phones will be on display, including models HC-KXTGM450S, HC-KXTGM420W and HC-KXTGM430B. Panasonic amplified phones amplify speech and make it clearer with tone control and background noise reduction. They even make it easier to understand fast talkers with slow talk control. Loud visual ringers will alert you to phone calls. Panasonic’s Link2Cell KX-TGM430B Amplified Bluetooth® Phone allows you to pair two Bluetooth cell phones. Marpac Rohm Travel Sound Therapy Machine This compact portable unit is designed to mask tinnitus and other sounds. Users can choose from three sounds: bright white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf, to help them drift off to sleep. Rohm creates a soothing, consistent sound environment for sleep, privacy, or concentration. The Marpac Rohm Travel Sound Therapy Machine is just one of Harris Communications’ full line of sound therapy machines and tinnitus maskers. Sennheiser HC-RS2000 TV Listener The new Sennheiser RS 2000 wireless TV Listener delivers quality sound directly to your ears without disturbing those around you. The RS 2000 provides up to up to 125dB SPL of amplification and allows you to adjust the volume for the left and right ear independently. Its ultralight wireless headset has a range up to 150 feet, allowing you to get snacks or do housework without missing a word. Up to nine hours of use per charge makes it easy to binge watch your favorite shows. Celebrating 35 years in business in 2017, Harris Communications provides more than 2,000 solutions for all levels of hearing loss. Learn more at http://www.harriscomm.com, or call 952-388-2152 (video phone) or 877-539-7445 (voice) to request a catalog. Learn more about the HLAA Conference at http://www.hearingloss.org. About Harris Communications, Inc. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Harris Communications, Inc. is a leading supplier of hearing loss solutions for people with all levels of hearing loss. Since its founding in 1982 by Dr. Robert Harris, himself a member of the Deaf community, Harris Communications has helped millions of Deaf and hard of hearing customers enjoy their lives to the fullest by providing expert advice and a wide range of more than 2,000 assistive devices and educational resources. The company’s product line includes alerting devices, phone and TV amplifiers, personal amplification systems, tinnitus maskers, books and media and much more. Harris Communications also supplies ADA compliance products and hearing protection equipment.


BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The comprehensive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bill that includes the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 will be presented to the full House and Senate for a vote in the coming weeks. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is in full support of the bill and has issued an Action Alert to encourage consumers – especially those affected by hearing loss – to take action by writing to their Senators and Congressmen to vote in support of this groundbreaking legislation. The bipartisan legislation introduced on March 21, 2017 by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and by Representatives Marcia Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.), will create a new category of hearing aids that will be available over the counter (OTC), and remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements that currently create barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids. The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act is important to consumers because: Over-the-counter hearing aids will encourage more people to make hearing health a priority, which includes screening and testing. Hearing health is not prioritized to the same degree that vision and dental health are, despite the high risks associated with untreated hearing loss. In fact, most physicians do not include hearing screening or hearing testing in their annual, preventive care visits. Further, hearing aids are not covered under Medicare or by most private insurers. HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley stated, “This is just one piece of the big picture to make hearing aids more affordable. HLAA has advocated – as have many other organizations – for Medicare and insurance coverage for many years, with little progress and little hope that it will become a reality anytime soon. However, the Over-the Counter Hearing Aid Act may be a viable alternative for people who want to do something about their hearing loss but who can’t afford to.” HLAA is in full support of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 as it will transform the face of hearing health care as we know it – all to the benefit of the consumer. It is truly an idea whose time has come. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA holds annual conventions (HLAA2017 is in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 22 – 25), produces Walk4Hearing events in 20 cities, publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone 301.657.2248 or visit hearingloss.org.


NORWALK, Calif., June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Serene Innovations, Inc., will again be among the exhibitors at this year's annual Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention in Salt Lake City, June 22-24, where they will preview their latest assistive technology at Booth...


News Article | August 15, 2017
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Harris Communications, Inc. is bringing its latest hearing loss solutions to the Hearing Loss Association of America’s HLAA Twin Cities Living Well with Hearing Loss Conference, 9:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Look for Harris Communications at tables 8 and 9. During the conference, attendees can learn about hearing loss and how to deal with it. Visitors to the Harris Communications booth can try out and buy the latest assistive listening devices, including personal amplifiers, hearing loop drivers and neckloops, TV listening amplifiers, amplified and captioned phones and cell phone accessories. Tinnitus sufferers can check out Harris’ newest sound therapy systems for masking tinnitus to help them drown out that annoying ringing in the ears and get a good night’s sleep. HLAA attendees also can see the latest alarm clocks and alerting systems for the hard of hearing and deaf, including the new affordable MyAlert™ alerting system from Silent Call. Harris Communications offers a variety of alarm clocks and wrist watches for the hard of hearing and deaf that wake even the deepest sleepers with vibration, loud audible alarms and/or light flash. Alerting systems are available to alert users to common household alerts, including doorbells/knocks, phone calls, kitchen timers, opened doors/windows, baby cries, smoke/CO detectors and weather emergencies. Hearing loss experts from Harris Communications will be available to answer questions and provide unbiased advice. HLAA members receive a 20% discount from Harris Communications; some exclusions apply. New Hearing Loss Products on Display at HLAA Twin Cities: ListenTALK ListenTALK is a two-way mobile communication system offering a personalized solution in environments where hearing is difficult, whether it’s at home, work, or school. ListenTALK is more than a transceiver, it’s an all-in-one device that facilitates communication and collaboration among two or more people in any setting with coverage up to 100 meters (328 feet) indoors and up to 200 meters (656 feet) outdoors. ListenTALK transceivers take less than a second to set up and pair. MyAlert Designed for affordability and reliability, MyAlert from Silent Call is one of the most economical alerting systems available for the deaf and hard of hearing. MyAlert alerts the deaf and hard of hearing to important household sounds including the telephone or video phone, smartphone, doorbell, baby cries, kitchen timers, and opened doors and windows. It alerts with flashing lights, vibration and loud sound. The system uses unique Multi-Code technology, which means no false flashing from a neighbor’s system. Featuring 24/7 safe system supervision and class-leading range, MyAlert notifies users if any part of the system is not working. MyAlert includes a Digital Radio Frequency (DR-F) remote receiver that can be paired with up to four battery-powered transmitters (sold separately) and an optional bed shaker. A body worn wireless multi-function receiver is available. Each component is sold separately to minimize cost and allow users to customize their system. HC-TV95RF Serene TV system This new wireless radio frequency TV Listening System from Serene Innovations is one of the most economical and comfortable TV listening systems for the hard of hearing on the market. The lightweight receiver rests naturally on user's collar and is comfortable to wear, even after hours of extended wear. Users don’t have to worry about heavy headsets pulling on their ears like with other systems. It has a 100 foot range and transmits sounds though walls and ceilings. Panasonic Phones The latest Panasonic amplified phones will be on display, including models HC-KXTGM450S, HC-KXTGM420W and HC-KXTGM430B. Panasonic amplified phones amplify speech and make it clearer with tone control and background noise reduction. They even make it easier to understand fast talkers with slow talk control. Loud visual ringers will alert users to phone calls. Panasonic’s Link2Cell KX-TGM430B Amplified Bluetooth® Phone allows users to pair two Bluetooth cell phones. This compact portable unit is designed to mask tinnitus and other sounds. Users can choose from three sounds: bright white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf, to help them drift off to sleep. Rohm creates a soothing, consistent sound environment for sleep, privacy, or concentration. The Marpac Rohm Travel Sound Therapy Machine is just one of Harris Communications’ full line of sound therapy machines and tinnitus maskers. Sennheiser HC-RS2000 TV Listener The new Sennheiser RS 2000 wireless TV Listener delivers quality sound directly to users' ears without disturbing others. The RS 2000 provides up to up to 125dB SPL of amplification and allows users to adjust the volume for the left and right ear independently. Its ultralight wireless headset has a range up to 150 feet, allowing users to get snacks or do housework without missing a word. Up to nine hours of use per charge makes it easy to binge watch favorite shows. Celebrating 35 years in business in 2017, Harris Communications provides more than 2,000 solutions for all levels of hearing loss. Learn more at http://www.harriscomm.com, or call 952-388-2152 (video phone) or 877-539-7445 (voice) to request a catalog. Learn more about the HLAA Twin Cities Conference at http://www.hlaatc.org. About Harris Communications, Inc. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Harris Communications, Inc. is a leading supplier of hearing loss solutions for people with all levels of hearing loss. Since its founding in 1982 by Dr. Robert Harris, himself a member of the Deaf community, Harris Communications has helped millions of Deaf and hard of hearing customers enjoy their lives to the fullest by providing expert advice and a wide range of more than 2,000 assistive devices and educational resources. The company’s product line includes alerting devices, phone and TV amplifiers, personal amplification systems, tinnitus maskers, books and media and much more. Harris Communications also supplies ADA compliance products and hearing protection equipment.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is thrilled to announce its 20 Walk4Hearing events across the nation this year, including two new locations in Buffalo, New York and Louisville, Kentucky. The HLAA Walk4Hearing has raised more than $12 million and welcomed nearly 80,000 walkers since 2006, making it the nation’s largest and fastest-growing hearing loss fundraising and public awareness Walk in the country. Registration is easy (and free) at Walk4Hearing.org. Funds raised support programs and services for people with hearing loss such as financial assistance for hearing aids and hearing assistive technologies, live captioning, and advocacy efforts on federal and state levels. Join us in stepping up for hearing loss by accomplishing one of the following: Thank you to the following 2017 Walk4Hearing National Sponsors for their support: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. In addition to the Walk4Hearing, HLAA publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions (the HLAA2017 Convention is June 22-25 in Salt Lake City, Utah), advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301.657.2248 or visit hearingloss.org.


News Article | June 22, 2017
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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today released a new logo associated with CTA’s high-performance standard for wearable hearing devices a new, future class of over-the-counter hearing aids for consumers with mild to moderate hearing loss, also known as personal sound amplification or enhancement devices. CTA unveiled the new logo at the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention held this week in Salt Lake City, UT. Developed and approved by CTA, an ANSI-accredited standards development organization, the new logo and standard will help consumers in the future, distinguish high-quality hearing enhancement devices for mild to moderate hearing loss from the cheap, ineffective personal amplifiers commonly found today. “The new logo and standard mark another important milestone in the evolution of wearable hearing devices,” said Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO. “With the industry agreeing on a common standard and logo, we can now better help the almost 40 million Americans who live with some form of hearing loss. In addition to educating consumers about these revolutionary over-the-counter hearing enhancement solutions, this logo and standard give Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pre-packaged information and guidelines as they explore creating a new class of over-the-counter hearing aids.” “As we look to the future of wearable hearing devices sold directly to consumers, this type of logo indicating high quality standards will be important for people seeking help for their hearing loss,” said Barbara Kelley, executive director, HLAA. “The CTA logo is an important seal of approval.” CTA’s Personal Sound Amplification Performance Criteria standard (ANSI/CTA-2051) sets minimum performance requirements for devices to be distinguished as providing high-quality amplification enhancement. The goal of the logo and standard is to assure the FDA and consumers that manufacturers who design to this standard have built high-quality, reliable, over-the-counter hearing devices that will ultimately improve the quality of life for millions of Americans. “The standard and logo are timely,” said, Poppy Crum – Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories and Co-Chair for development of the standard. “They are key ingredients to the success of these devices and innovations reaching the consumers who will most benefit. It is all part of closing the existing gap between technological device capability and consumer reach. The standard and logo empower the consumer and give insight to the performance capabilities of the device in a simple way -- setting a bar where the consumer will be assured a quality experience in a device class that has long been mired by heterogeneity in performance.” Personal sound enhancement devices are affordable, readily available and come at a price more in line with what American consumers are willing to spend to improve their hearing than their traditional counterparts. According to CTA’s Personal Sound Amplification Products: a Study of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, price is a significant barrier for seeking help with a hearing impairment. A pair of traditional hearing aids can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. In contrast, non-prescription devices, such as personal sound amplifiers, are one-tenth the cost, ranging in price from $100 to $600 for a pair. Additionally, according to CTA, devices that are designed primarily to amplify ambient sound are expected to sell 1.5 million individual units in 2017 (an increase of 40 percent year-over-year) and earn $225 million dollars in revenue. Another 50 percent growth is expected in 2018 as awareness of these devices grow. According to FDA regulations dating back to the 1970s, Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAP) cannot be labeled or promoted as intended to help adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. However, the U.S. House and Senate have introduced a bi-partisan, bicameral bill that would allow the FDA to create a marketplace for over-the-counter hearing aids. Manufacturers who want to use the logo may contact Catrina Akers. Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.


See Affordable Alternatives to Hearing Aids, Personal Amplifiers, TV Listening Amplifiers, Amplified/Captioned Phones, Cell Phone Accessory Amplifiers, Alerting Systems, Tinnitus Maskers and More -- Harris Communications, Inc. is bringing its latest hearing loss solutions to the Hearing Loss Association of America's HLAA2017 Conference, June 22-25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Look for Harris Communications in Booth 215.This year, to celebrate 35 years of helping the hard of hearing live life to its fullest, Harris Communications' booth will proudly be "In the Loop" with an Oval Window Microloop III along with a microphone and loop receiver (with headphones). The Oval Window Microloop III is an induction loop hearing assistance system that is suitable for TV rooms and small classrooms and meeting rooms.  The system is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids as well as loop receivers with headphones, and can typically service up to 30 people. Harris Communications will give this system away at the close of the show. Stop by the booth to enter a free drawing.During HLAA, attendees can try out and buy the latest assistive listening devices available from Harris Communications, including personal amplifiers, hearing loop drivers and neckloops, TV listening amplifiers, amplified and captioned phones and cell phone accessories. Tinnitus sufferers can check out Harris' newest sound therapy systems for masking tinnitus to help them drown out that annoying ringing in the ears and get a good night's sleep.HLAA attendees also can see the latest alarm clocks and alerting systems for the hard of hearing and deaf, including the new affordable MyAlert™ alerting system from Silent Call. Harris Communications offers a variety of alarm clocks and wrist watches for the hard of hearing and deaf that wake even the deepest sleepers with vibration, loud audible alarms and/or light flash. Alerting systems are available to alert you to common household alerts, including doorbells/knocks, phone calls, kitchen timers, opened doors/windows, baby cries, smoke/CO detectors and weather emergencies.Hearing loss experts from Harris Communications will be available to answer questions and provide unbiased advice. HLAA members receive a 20% discount from Harris Communications;some exclusions apply.ListenTALK is a two-way mobile communication system offering a personalized solution in environments where hearing is difficult, whether it's at home, work, or school.MyAlert from Silent Call is one of the most economical alerting systems available for the deaf and hard of hearing. MyAlert alerts the deaf and hard of hearing to important household sounds including the telephone or video phone, smartphone, doorbell, baby cries, kitchen timers, and opened doors and windows. It alerts with flashing lights, vibration and loud sound.This new wireless radio frequency TV Listening System from Serene Innovations is one of the most economical and comfortable TV listening systems for the hard of hearing on the market. It has a 100 foot range and transmits sounds though walls and ceilings.The latest Panasonic amplified phones will be on display, including models HC-KXTGM450S, HC-KXTGM420W and HC-KXTGM430B. Panasonic amplified phones amplify speech and make it clearer with tone control and background noise reduction. They even make it easier to understand fast talkers with slow talk control. Loud visual ringers will alert you to phone calls. Panasonic's Link2Cell KX-TGM430B Amplified Bluetooth® Phone allows you to pair two Bluetooth cell phones.This compact portable unit is designed to mask tinnitus and other sounds. Users can choose from three sounds: bright white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf, to help them drift off to sleep.The new Sennheiser RS 2000 wireless TV Listener delivers quality sound directly to your ears without disturbing those around you. The RS 2000 provides up to up to 125dB SPL of amplification and allows you to adjust the volume for the left and right ear independently. Its ultralight wireless headset has a range up to 150 feet.Celebrating 35 years in business in 2017, Harris Communications provides more than 2,000 solutions for all levels of hearing loss.Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Harris Communications, Inc. is a leading supplier of hearing loss solutions for people with all levels of hearing loss. Since its founding in 1982 by Dr. Robert Harris, himself a member of the Deaf community, Harris Communications has helped millions of Deaf and hard of hearing customers enjoy their lives to the fullest by providing expert advice and a wide range of more than 2,000 assistive devices and educational resources. The company's product line includes alerting devices, phone and TV amplifiers, personal amplification systems, tinnitus maskers, books and media and much more. Harris Communications also supplies ADA compliance products and hearing protection equipment.

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