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Questions and Answers: Problem Reporting of Products Regulated by FDA

Consumers can play an important public health role by reporting adverse reactions or other problems with products the FDA regulates. Find answers to questions about reporting a problem.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Cochlear Implants

This fact sheet describes what cochlear implants are, how they work, who gets them, and how someone receives them.

Review Date: October 14, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Hearing Loss in Children: Treatment and Intervention Services

There are many different options for children with hearing loss and their families. This document describes special education programs, cochlear implants, medical and surgical interventions, assistive devices, and more.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Programs: Questions and Answers

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are placed in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attacks live. Information on AEDs, including training, purchasing, and apprporiate use of the device is provided.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

American Heart Association

Cochlear Implants: FDA

Cochlear implants are electronic hearing devices. Learn about cochlear implants and FDA-approved implants, benefits and risks of cochlear implants, and recalls and safety issues.

Review Date: October 14, 2012

Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Community Options for Safe Needle Disposal

To prevent injuries from used needles, syringes and other sharps, use this map to find safe needle disposal solutions in your state.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal

CPAP Assistance Program

Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most widely used and most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This program recycles gently used CPAPs in order to put them in the hands of those who need therapy but don't have the means to pay for it, or insurance that provides coverage.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

American Sleep Apnea Association

Find a Hearing Instrument Specialist

Search for a International Hearing Society (IHS) specialist near you who can help you select the hearing aid or instrument that will provide optimal amplification for your individual hearing loss.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

International Hearing Society

Hearing Aids

Find information about hearing aids, including getting a medical evaluation by an audiologist, available styles, special features, costs and health insurance.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Hearing Aids (NIDCD)

Answers questions about hearing aids including how hearing aids help, how they work, what to look for when purchasing a hearing aid, and how to take care of a hearing aid.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Hearing Instruments

The information on this page is about hearing instruments on how they enhance life, selecting hearing instruments, types of hearing instruments, and how to maintain hearing instruments.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

International Hearing Society

Hearing Loss Treatment

People with hearing loss delay treatment may be unaware that receiving early treatment for hearing loss can transform their lives. Learn how hearing aids, assistive listening devices, hearing loss treatment professionals and counselors can offer you help.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Better Hearing Institute

How Can Death Due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Be Prevented?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, usually causing death if it's not treated within minutes. This document offers information that may help prevent death due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Review Date: February 03, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity- (PDF)

This guide provides an established plan to obtain and organize your medical device information, take necessary actions so that you can continue to use your device, have the necessary supplies for the operation of your device, and know where to go or what to do during a power outage.

Review Date: May 16, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

How to Spot Health Fraud

Health fraud and quackery are a significant problem for vulnerable Americans in search of medical treatment. The Food and Drug Administration has identified some areas of health fraud in this document and has included tips to help consumers identify fraudulent products.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Multi-Media Consumer Information - FDA

FDA offers information about food, drug, and product safety in many useful formats, including videos, photo slideshows, podcasts and audio.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings)

Read these tips for safely disposing (getting rid of) needles and other sharp devices that are used outside of health care settings. Patients and caregivers should keep these tips in mind when at home, at work, and while traveling.

Review Date: December 05, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Phakic Intraocular Lenses

Learn about phakic intraocular lenses, thin lenses implanted permanently into the eye to correct nearsightedness (myopia) and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. Find out if you are a good candidate and what to ask your doctor.

Review Date: December 08, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Portable Oxygen Concentrators

This list contains the portable oxygen concentrators approved by the FAA for use on flights. Links to the websites for each model are provided so that you can compare features, availability and price.

Review Date: December 28, 2012

PHCentral

Programs and Services: National Amputation Foundation

The National Amputation Foundation provides peer counseling for individuals facing amputation, hospital and nursing home visits, and a medical equipment give-a-way program.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Amputation Foundation

Safe Needle Disposal by State

Improper management of discarded needles and other sharps can pose a public health risk. Find safe disposal options in your state.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal

Supplier Directory for Durable Medical Equipment

The purpose of this tool is to provide contact information for suppliers that offer services or products under the Medicare program. Enter your zip code to begin searching for suppliers of hospital beds, portable oxygen, wheelchairs, canes, blood glucose monitors, and more.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Testing Yourself for HIV-1 Questions and Answers

Only one HIV home test kit is approved by FDA and legally sold in the United States. Find questions and answers that help to explain how HIV-1 home tests differ, and how to select a test that you can trust.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)

What Are Assistive Listening Devices or ALDs?

Learn what assistive listening devices are and how these devices can be used with or without a hearing aid to improve the daily communication challenges faced by the hard-of-hearing.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

What Is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator?

Learn about implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), a small device that uses electrical pulses or shocks to help control life-threatening, irregular heartbeats that could lead the heart to sudden cardiac arrest.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI