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Act Now! OTC Hearing Aids Bill Moves Forward

Friday, May 12, 2017  
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Section 711 of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's user fee reauthorization legislation incorporated the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017which has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate (S. 670) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 1652). This section of the user fee reauthorization directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop regulations to establish a category for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids for adults with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss.


Take action today to voice opposition of Section 711 of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's user fee reauthorization legislation.


ASHA supports greater access to hearing health care services, but believes the bill goes too far by expanding "direct-to-consumer" hearing aids to individuals with perceived moderate hearing loss. We believe the bill needs to be modified to include (a) protections to ensure that children with impaired hearing are not the users of OTC hearing aids and (b) only be allowed for people with mild hearing loss. We will continue to work with members of Congress to request additional modifications to the legislation.



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