Over The Counter Hearing Aids! Informational resources below...
We're sure you've heard about the recent FDA approval for OTC (Over The Counter) hearing aids. Leading up to the approval there has been misinformation and false marketing practices. The use of a single term in advertising can mislead you into thinking the product is FDA approved. HLAA has been involved every step of the way and has helped determine the regulations that were approved.
HLAA is concerned that consumers might purchase Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) instead of traditional hearing aids, assuming these devices are legitimate OTC hearing aids. PSAPs are amplification devices available now that are intended only for those with normal hearing who want to amplify sounds. PSAPs are not interchangeable with hearing aids, are not intended to compensate for or treat hearing loss, and do not provide the sound filtering that an FDA-approved hearing aid does. The FDA prohibits manufacturers of PSAPs from marketing their products as hearing aids to people with hearing loss.
Another fact: OTC hearing aids are designed for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss only.
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