The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) announced that it filed comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposed rule establishing Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids. Once finalized by the FDA, consumers 18 and older with mild-to- moderate hearing loss will be able to purchase hearing aids at retail and online outlets.
Brian Taylor and ADA Executive Director Stephanie Czuhajewski provide a counterpoint to a recent Hearing Review editorial by ASHA President Jaynee Handelsman that cautioned against over-the-counter (OTC) hearing devices.Read More
NASEM Committee Recommends New OTC Hearing Aid Class, End to Waiver System, and Unbundling of Hearing Aid Prices
Among a dozen recommendations, the Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults would like to see the FDA establish an over-the-counter class of hearing devices, an end to the “waiver system,” hearing aids that have open programming, and portability of consumers’ audiograms and hearing aid programming information.Read More