Sources at the FDA report that they will finally publish the ANSI S3.22
- 1996 standard
in the Federal Register in the first quarter of the new year. This
standard, which is named "Specification of Hearing Aid Characteristics"
was under development for nine years. It was published by the
Acoustical Society of America for ANSI in January of 1996. This
standard calls for major changes in the testing of non-linear hearing
aids and in the testing of telecoils.
If you would like to read a summary of the changes, consult the article
written by Dave Preves for the October 1996 issue of the Hearing
Journal. I doubt that Dave had any idea that it would take so long for
this standard to be adopted by the FDA.
Now that this standard is on the FDA's radar, they have also said that
any manufacturer who wished to do so could start using it immediately
rather than waiting until it required.