This press release was issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association on October 13, 2021.
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prepares its long-awaited regulations for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, national polling results released today by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) show widespread public uncertainty about who these products will be intended for and how they should be used — as well as a strong desire for professional guidance when it comes to managing hearing health care.
State Attorneys General from across the country, as well as the political spectrum have issued consumer alerts about the dangers of unsafe hearing aids. Hear About Hearing will continue to monitor these important development.
This article originally appeared on WIBW.com on July 9, 2021
Attorney General Derek Schmidt is warning residents not to fall for scams that sell cheap hearing aids. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says hearing loss affects thousands of Kansans, and proper ones can be expensive. Unfortunately, he said many disreputable sellers try to sell discount devices to help with hearing loss, so it is important for Kansans to know their rights while shopping.
We recommend that FDA defines a new OTC category so that it is easily comprehensible by consumers and in line with risk class requirements for safety and effectiveness.
This article originally appeared in Healthy Hearing on September 23, 2019.
Close to 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss, making it one of the most common health problems in the United States. Hearing aids are the gold standard treatment for most people, although not everyone can afford them and they're not often covered by insurance. For people who are budget-conscious, it's tempting to consider skipping hearing aids and instead buying what's commonly known as a "hearing amplifier."
This article originally appeared in Health Essentials on November 21, 2018.
Hearing devices are in the midst of a huge change to their delivery model. Up to this point, hearing aids have been regulated as Class I or II medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration and must be dispensed by a licensed hearing professional.