Posted by: hlacentralma | November 10, 2016

US May Legalize Over The­ Counter Hearing Aids

Breaking News Update

US May Legalize Over The ­Counter Hearing Aids Advocates for lower cost hearing aids got a boost yesterday when two U.S. Senators announced legislation that would ease restrictions on the sale of over­ the counter hearing aids.


The Over­The­Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016, sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D­Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R­Iowa), would allow certain hearing aids to be sold over the counter and would eliminate the “burdensome requirement” that consumers get a medical evaluation or sign a medical waiver before purchasing OTC hearing aids.

The Act would also require the FDA to issue regulations containing safety and labeling requirements for OTC hearing aids and to update its draft guidance on Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs). The senators said they would introduce the legislation when Congress reconvenes before the end of the year.

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