The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the president and the Executive Office of the President. The Council makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for Americans. On September 18, 2015, the Council discussed how technologies and policies for hearing aids affect older Americans.
Christine Cassel, M.D., who leads the Working Group that looks at technology and hearing aids, presented a summary of their upcoming report. HLAA representatives – Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., chairperson of the HLAA Board of Trustees, Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director, and Lise Hamlin, director of public policy -- spoke with Dr. Cassel and PCAST staff before the September 18 meeting to provide a consumer perspective on access to affordable hearing aid technology.
We also provided HLAA policy papers for the Council’s consideration on Screening for Hearing Loss in Primary Health Care Settings, Wider Access to the Full Spectrum of Hearing Technology Benefitting People with Hearing Loss, Medicare Coverage of Hearing Aids, and Aural Rehabilitation, in addition to a policy paper by Dr. Wallhagen, Hearing Loss: Impact, Policy Implications, and Future Directions.
Lise Hamlin, who attended the full meeting on September 18, presented a list of recommendations to the Council on behalf of HLAA. The Council expects to release a report in October.