Dr. Macy Schott covers some preliminary info on the OTC Legislation.
Questions about the new Hearing Aid Over the Counter Legislation and what that means? You are not alone. Here’s a short intro to where we are at in the process of the legislation.
Questions about the new OTC (over-the-counter) legislation?
|OTC Hearing Devices||Prescription Hearing Aids|
|Fit by: Self||Fit by: Licensed Audiologist|
|Price: Average $1,000 to $2,000||Price: Average $1,000 to $7,000|
|Age: 19+||Age: Any|
|Hearing loss determined by PERCEPTION only||Hearing loss confirmed through comprehensive assessment|
|Selection: Self|| Selection: Audiologist recommendations based on|
assessments and communication needs
|Design: One-size-fits-most||Design: Includes customized discreet options|
|Return policy: No requirement proposed by the FDA||Return policy: Mandated in most states|
|Verification of amplification levels: None||Verification of amplification levels: Real Ear Measurements|
|Device care and assistance: None||Device care and assistance: Team of hearing professionals|
|Device lifespan: Unknown||Device lifespan: Maximized due to professional maintenance|
|Reliability: Unknown|| Reliability: High, due to quality manufacturing |
and care process by Audiologists
|Training: None||Training: Aural rehabilitation and training for all devices|
|Businesses with no history in hearing care||Health care professionals with long histories in hearing health|