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Title:
Notice of Workshop and Requesting Public Comments

Subject Category: Hearing Health and Technology – Workshop, Project No. P171200
Published: Date To Be Added
Workshop: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Comments Due: Thursday, May 18, 2017
  
Invitation To Comment:
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is hosting a workshop in Washington, DC, on April 18, 2017, to examine competition, innovation, and consumer protection issues raised by hearing health and technology, particularly hearing aids and devices with similar functions and features. The FTC’s workshop, “Now Hear This: Competition, Innovation, and Consumer Protection Issues in Hearing Health Care,” will bring together researchers, health care providers, industry representatives, consumer representatives, policymakers, and others to examine ways in which enhanced competition and innovation might increase the availability and adoption of hearing aids by those consumers who need them. In addition, the workshop will examine how to balance consumer health and safety issues with consumer interests in greater competition and innovation and ensure consumers have access to truthful and non-misleading information about hearing health products and services. Topics of discussion at the daylong event will include: Consumer Information and Search Costs, Innovation in Hearing Technology and Treatment, Innovation in Hearing Health Care Delivery and The Benefits and Costs of Regulation. The FTC invites comments from the public on the topics covered by this workshop.

Privacy & Use:
The FTC Act and other laws the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. All timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, will be considered by the Commission, and will be placed on the public record of this proceeding-including on the publicly accessible FTC website at
www.ftc.gov, to the extent practicable. Any information placed in the following fields on this form -- "Title," "First Name," "Last Name," "Organization Name," "State," "Postal Code," "Country," "Comments," and "Attachment" -- will be publicly available on the FTC Web site. Although filling out this comment form is voluntary, the fields marked with an asterisk are required in order for the FTC to fully consider a particular comment. Because comments will be placed on the public record including on the publicly accessible FTC web site, they should not include any sensitive or confidential information. In particular, comments should not include any sensitive personal information, such as an individual's Social Security Number; date of birth; driver's license number or other state identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card number. Comments also should not include any sensitive health information, such as medical records and other individually identifiable health information. In addition, comments should not include any "[t]rade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential. . . .," as provided in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and Commission Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled "Confidential," and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c).1 As a matter of discretion, the FTC makes every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments it receives before placing those comments on the FTC Web site. More information, including other routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, may be found in the FTC's privacy policy.

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