A San Antonio family has filed a lawsuit against Apple and its partner companies for damages caused when the volume in their son's Apple AirPods increased without warning during an Amber Alert and caused permanent hearing loss. This issue could be persistent with over-the-counter (OTC) hearing devices that lack proper output and gain levels, thus causing patients to further damage their hearing loss.
On April 6, Reps. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) penned a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf to revisit the output and gain levels within the agency's proposed rulemaking on over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids.
On March 14, members of the Kansas congressional delegation, led by Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS), sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the agency to address consumer safety concerns in its proposed rulemaking on over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids.
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.