OTC Hearing Aid Fittings

Both PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) and NAS (National Academies of Sciences) have recommended that OTC hearing aid (over-the-counter) sales be permitted for mild-to-moderate hearing losses. Additionally, the SB 9 Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016 introduced by Senators Warren and Grassley Senate Bill further requires that the FDA (Food and…

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Hearing Test Without An Audiogram

by Wayne M. Garrison* and Joseph H. Bochner** Editor Note:  With legalized OTC (over-the-counter) hearing aids sales expected as a hearing-impaired consumer option, a previous post asked if it was possible to predict hearing level without an audiogram?  This question was raised because essentially every argument against OTC hearing aid sales states that an audiogram…

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