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The Vision Hearing Alliance

An Optometry & Audiology Collaboration
Over 40-million Americans have hearing loss, the majority of which are untreated due to the cost and limited access of hearing aids. Realizing this, the federal government introduced the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017, which includes the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act designed to provide greater public accessibility and affordability in hearing care. This allows for hearing aids designed for mild-to-moderate loss to be dispensed outside of the traditional audiology practice.

With similar business models as audiologists, and OTC aids increasing affordability, optical practices are poised to benefit from hearing aid sales. The number of eye care professionals exceed hearing care professionals by as much as 6 to 1, making eye care practices prime candidates to provide basic hearing care services and increase availability for millions of Americans. With decades of experience in optometry and audiology, our consultants apply streamlined processes to simplify the integration of hearing care.

Consider The Connection

Consider this: For every level on the vision chart a patient over the age of 50 goes, they are approximately 18% more likely to have a hearing loss. Vision and hearing care often overlap due to a common disease source or syndrome. Co-management by two doctors is common, but for less severe conditions including mild to moderate hearing loss, a certified optometrist or assistant can help. In cases where the loss exceeds moderate, or if abnormalities are discovered, a referral to one of our audiology partners is necessary. Examining the ear for wax, basic hearing screenings, and hearing aid fittings for mild to moderate hearing loss are generally within the scope of a nonspecialized, but trained professional.

“If you identify a hearing impairment for the first time, patients don’t know where to go to. They are much more comfortable with a professional referral than with a commercial establishment or people who advertise. They also like the fact that their optometrist has vetted the different hearing providers.”*
- Dr. Wallace
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With revenue up to 30% of annual eye care earnings, practice owners can expect to recover their initial investment from their first 2 hearing aid sales. With a high ROI and low entry cost, we guarantee your success through our streamlined onboarding programs or your money back.

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"They are relieved to know they can come to us. They surmise that a place they can trust for their eyes is a place they can trust for their ears.”*
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“Comorbidity of hearing and vision loss also extends from the geriatric population to the pediatric population”*
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