Hearing Aid OTC Sales and Self-Fitting

On July 12th, 2017 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, which includes the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, and allows for hearing aid OTC sales.1    The Act creates a new class of over-the-counter hearing aids and allows non-prescription hearing devices to be marketed to treat mild-to-moderate hearing loss.  This…

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OTC Hearing Aid – The Audiogram

Many hearing professionals have expressed concerns that OTC hearing aid sales will result in dissatisfied users because: The instruments are not professionally fitted An audiogram is necessary OTC-sold devices (previously defined as PSAPs) are of poor quality and will not meet the needs of the hearing impaired, and Poor experiences by the purchaser will discourage…

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