Hearing Aid Articles

Acquiring hearing aids was previously a fairly difficult and lengthy process with requirements that could deter many who needed hearing aids from getting them. Last Tuesday, October 19th, the FDA released a proposal for new rules to officially categorize over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. This new proposal has actually been in the works for quite some time - its postponement was another casualty of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The FDA document, titled “Medical Devices; Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices; Establishing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids,” covers specific labeling/packaging requirements and electroacoustic device regulations for OTC hearing aids in efforts to make it easier and safer for consumers to purchase these devices, as well as foster an environment for more market competition by also making it easier for new hearing aid manufacturers to enter the fold. This effort follows President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy that was signed in early July of this past year.
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Did you know that your ears can actually affect your perception of taste?

It turns out your ears are responsible for a lot more than just your hearing! The mechanism of tasting is also more complex than you might think - neural pathways run from your taste buds to your brain to transmit different tastes. One of the largest branches of the facial nerve is known as the chorda tympani (CTN) and it is responsible for carrying information from the anterior part of the tongue.
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