Hearing Aids Without a Prescription - What Does This Mean?
In 2017 then President Trump signed legislation that would allow hearing aids to be sold without a prescription. The FDA was to write the regulations for this within 3 years. Now, five years later, the regulations have been written and approved. The devices will be on the market this coming week. What does this mean for people who need/use hearing aids? Most likely you will see a variety of articles on this topic in the next few weeks.
These non-prescriptive devices are meant only for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. While they will be far less costly than prescriptive devices, there are no guarantees they will work well.
Buyer beware. Make sure there is information on the package that explains if there is a return policy. That was not regulated although advocates strongly fought for it.
It is likely they will help many people, but the jury will be out for a while.
If you decide to purchase OTC hearing aids, please share your experience with them. Prescriptive hearing aids cost a great deal more than these new devices. ($3000 – $7000/pair). Professionals who fit those prescriptive devices have training on how to fit them to a person's audiogram. Are you a candidate for hearing aids? What will you choose to do?
Here is an article on this topic.