OTC Hearing Aids Act signed into legislation by FDA

OTC Hearing Aids Act  signed into legislation by FDA

Hearing loss is an issue that affects millions of Americans, one that doesn’t discriminate based on age, health, or other factors. Thankfully, audiology technology has created a wide range of professionally-provided hearing loss solutions, including an extensive variety of hearing aids. As new advancements in technology and innovation help introduce new options for hearing aids, it’s certain that the market will continue to grow and expand. However, recent government legislation is slated to dramatically shift the way you shop for hearing aids – and not necessarily for the better.

What is the OTC Hearing Aid Act?

Officially signed into legislation in August 2017, the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act was part of a larger bill called the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2430). This new measure legalizes the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids, which was previously banned by the FDA. While you may have seen devices referred to as “personal sound amplifiers” (PSAPs) for sale in years past, these low-tech options were not strictly regulated by the FDA, and not permitted to claim to improve hearing loss in any way.

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This new legislation requires the FDA to determine how to regulate the new devices and market to protect consumer safety and health, but specific rules have yet to be determined. While it may seem beneficial to have an alternative to the traditional prescription hearing aids you would obtain from a hearing aid doctor.