The Hearing Network Alliance (HNA) was established in 2011, and brings together senior leaders of hearing health care networks. HNA members share a common belief that hearing services are essential to good health and consumer quality of life. HNA is an organization of network based hearing organizations dedicated to increasing access to hearing health benefits and services. HNA and its’ member organizations work closely with health plans, employers and insurance organizations to improve access to hearing aid benefits and services. Our members share a common interest in conveying the value of hearing and hearing healthcare as a health benefit. Healthy hearing promotes overall well-being at every stage of life – it facilitates cognitive and language/speech development throughout childhood, positively influences work productivity and lifetime earnings during our working years and reduces risk of dementia and depression.

Advocacy

HNA advocates for hearing health care networks and interested parties at both the state and federal level.

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Administrative Simplification

HNA provides adminimstrative simplificiaton intitatives that drive efficiencies for hearing health care networks.

Collaboration

Industry leaders collaborate to promote the value of hearing health care networks.

HNA Goals and Objectives

  • Increasing awareness of the value of hearing benefits to the public, health plans, and health care providers. We emphasize the important link between having a health care health benefit, being treated for hearing loss and improved hearing outcomes. Hearing correction improves productivity, health, and quality of life.
  • Ensuring hearing benefit availability in insurance plans
  • Demonstrating the contribution of hearing networks to access to hearing benefits
  • Ensuring efficient operations of hearing networks to enable these networks to be competitive in the marketplace and thus increase access to hearing health services
  • Supporting hearing networks in improving and strengthening relationships with hearing care providers.
  • Serving as a primary informational resource on hearing care networks

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Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC offers data, resources for patients and other information on hearing loss, with a focus on childhood hearing loss.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Established in 1988, NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

Better Hearing Institute

Founded in 1973, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it.

Food and Drug Administration

FDA regulates hearing aids which are intended to compensate for hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss.

American Speech Language Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

American Academy of Audiology

The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of audiologists. The active membership of more than 11,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

International Hearing Society

The International Hearing Society (IHS) is a membership association that represents hearing healthcare professionals worldwide. IHS members are engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and counseling patients.