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AAO-HNS Supports OTC Hearing Aid Access

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Since 1990, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has served patients out of the Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat clinic, where he specializes in sinus-based issues as well as otolaryngological surgery and allergies. In conjunction with his everyday practice, Dr. Frank Brettschneider maintains membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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AAO-HNS Supports OTC Hearing Aid Access

  1. 1. AAO-HNS SUPPORTS OTC HEARING AID ACCESS Frank Brettschneider
  2. 2. Introduction • Since 1990, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has served patients out of the Port Huron Ear, Nose, andThroat clinic, where he specializes in sinus-based issues as well as otolaryngological surgery and allergies. In conjunction with his everyday practice, Dr. Frank Brettschneider maintains membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In a recent statement, the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) officially lent its backing to measures that increase over-the-counter (OTC) availability of hearing aid devices for individuals who have minor to intermediate hearing loss, providing the devices meet all appropriate consumer benchmarks for safety and quality.
  3. 3. Hearing Aid • AAO-HNS also recommends that patients consult with a doctor before purchasing an OTC device in order to be sure they get one that is appropriate to their hearing needs. In his comments, AAO-HNS executive vice president and CEO James C. Denneny III, MD, said that the organization is firmly behind recent legislative measures that have opened up access to these devices in an OTC setting. However, he also underscored the importance of getting a hearing test and physician input prior to making the purchase.

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