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The Vision Hearing Alliance

Collaborating Between Optometry & Audiology Professions To Increase Access Of Care.
Over 40-million Americans have hearing impairment. A large number of them do not have hearing care available within a reasonable driving distance, making hearing care literally out of their reach. Realizing this, the federal government introduced the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017, which includes the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act designed to provide greater public accessibility and affordability through over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. This deregulation 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 the government deregulation of hearing aids. 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. Dozens of optical practices have already integrated hearing care into their scope of practice. With decades of experience in audiology and optical practices, our consultants facilitate an effective integration to create synergy and optimize returns.

We know that if a patient has vision loss, they are one and a half times more likely to have a hearing problem. In fact, for every level on the vision chart they go, they are approximately 18% more likely to have a hearing problem. It is very clear that there is a strong link between our hearing and vision, and overall health and wellbeing. 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 nonspecialized staff member or optometrist can assist. In cases where the loss exceeds moderate, or if abnormalities are discovered, a referral to a partnered ENT, Audiologist (AuD) or Hearing Instrument Specialist 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/certified person. Discover how simple and beneficial our integration packages can be for your practice. We package success in hearing care!
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“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 such a high ROI, and low entry cost, we guarantee your success through our time streamlined Onboarding Programs. In fact, we're so confident in your success, we'll repurchase all Eye and Ear equipment if not satisfied within 90-days. With minimal investment, and so much to gain, make your first step by calling today.

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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.”*
- Dr Hovanesian

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“Comorbidity of hearing and vision loss also extends from the geriatric population to the pediatric population”*
- Dr. Bray

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