ADA Issues PCAST Position Statement

There has been a good deal of discussion at the ADA Convention about the recent PCAST recommendations on Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies and their potential implications for audiology and the hearing industry.
 
Read the PCAST Report here: Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies
 
ADA believes that the PCAST recommendations present significant opportunities for audiologists to reach more patients and offer additional compensated services. The PCAST recommendations are also consistent with overall trends toward patient-centered care and disruptive innovation in medicine.
 
The ADA PCAST position statement outlines ADA’s qualified support of these PCAST recommendations and also provides suggestions to encourage consumers/patients to seek comprehensive evaluation and treatment for suspected hearing and balance disorders.
 
Read the ADA response to the PCAST report here: audiologist.org/_resources/documents/ADA-PCAST-Position.pdf
 
It is important to note that the PCAST Council was charged with, “the imperative of improved hearing technologies,” and not with analyzing hearing healthcare services themselves. Nonetheless, ADA addressed the importance of audiologic care in its response, because we recognize that evidence-based delivery of preventative, diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologic care is critical to patient success with any amplification device, regardless of the type of device or how the device is delivered. 
 
ADA and its members are well positioned for the future—and now is the time to embrace the unprecedented opportunities outlined in the PCAST recommendations.
 
Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski if you have any questions or would like more information.
 
Sincerely,
 
Rita R. Chaiken, Au.D., President