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The New FDA Rules for OTC Hearing Aids: What Do They Mean for People with Hearing Loss?

By Karl Strom | Published 29 August 2022

The US Food and Drug Administration’s rules for OTC hearing aids, announced on August 16, promise sweeping changes for hearing healthcare, creating a new class of more affordable and accessible hearing aids. Hearing aids within this category can be sold online and in stores directly to consumers who have perceived mild to moderate hearing loss without a medical exam or a fitting by a licensed provider.

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