Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017

Question: I’ve heard of the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. How will this affect my hearing healthcare?

Answer: The FDA is only a few years from allowing Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids for adults with self-perceived mild to moderate hearing loss. This enables self-treatment for a serious physical condition that should benefit from testing, diagnosis, and treatment with a trained, licensed professional.

For example, hearing loss may be influenced by earwax, an object in the canal, or infection. Self-treating with an OTC product won’t tackle these types of underlying problems and might do more harm than good. The success of hearing aid use relies on a hearing aid designed for your home and work environments, choice of sound quality, and programming for your degree of hearing loss. Nothing replaces the personal-professional fitting and instruction.

For more information on the hearing health of you or a loved one, contact us today to schedule a consultation.