OTC Hearing Aids
There are currently two main categories of amplification products: (1) hearing aids, which are FDA-regulated products for those with hearing loss; and (2) personal sound amplification products, which are consumer products designed to increase environmental sounds for those with normal hearing. If you are a patient with hearing loss, this difference is crucially important for your health care decision-making.
Hearing Loss: What You Need to Know
HOW DOES THE EAR WORK?
wHAT IS HEARING LOSS?
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE HEARING LOSS?
This can be a hard question to answer and is best decided in consultation with a hearing healthcare professional. But there are a few in-home tests you can use to see if you need to see a hearing care professional. Learn more.
What is ‘gain’?
And what does it mean in hearing aids? Put simply, Gain is the amount of energy the hearing aid adds to the sound output. If it is not properly set up by a hearing health professional, your hearing aids could do more harm than good! Learn more.
What is 'output'?
Bipartisan State Attorneys General have issued consumer alerts about the harms of hearing aids and other products that could be confused for hearing aids that have not been regulated by the FDA.
HOW DO I KNOW IF HEARING AIDS ARE RIGHT FOR ME?
CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of Hearing Aid Scams
Bipartisan State Attorneys General have issued consumer alerts about the dangers of hearing aids that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Though hearing aids can be crucial for some Arkansas' daily lives, many devices that are being sold over the counter are not approved by the [FDA] and are nothing more than poor quality sound amplifiers.
Kentuckians should carefully review claims made by over-the-counter hearing aid sellers. To avoid unnecessary health risks and financial loss, we encourage Kentuckians with a hearing loss to seek professional medical advice.
In this era of new technology and self-service, many innovations bring true improvement to the quality of our lives. [Arizona] Consumers, however, need to be careful before purchasing these products.
If you are looking into such hearing devices, please do your homework to make sure the device actually works and fits your specific needs before spending money on a product that might be worthless.
Stakeholders Agree: Prioritize Sensible Hearing Device Safety and Effectiveness
Qualified hearing care professionals have agreed on recommendations for sensible OTC hearing device safety and effectiveness. Download their consensus paper that lays out 5 evidence-based and science-supported priorities for FDA consideration. This paper has been endorsed by the Hearing Industries Association.
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