Legislative, political, and health policy activity directly affects our practices and our patients. Read below to stay up-to-date on the current issues affecting our specialty.
Make Your Voice Heard!
The AAO-HNS is committed to assisting Congress in the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and implementing reforms to the Medicare system to ensure patient access and improved outcomes.
Scope of Practice Issues
We are commonly referred to as as ENT Physicians, and we provide hearing-impaired patients with a full medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plans for the hearing disorders. In the context of the hearing healthcare “debate,” otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons are the only healthcare providers with the breadth of training and expertise to treat all aspects of hearing loss.
Over-the-Counter Sale of Hearing Aids
The AAO-HNS recognizes the continued momentum in the United States and Worldwide to increase the utilization of hearing healthcare services, particularly the adoption of technology designed to improve the hearing of those with mild-t0-moderate hearing loss. We acknowledge that to achieve this goal, structural changes regarding access to, and the delivery of, hearing healthcare services will be necessary.