Over-the-counter Hearing Aid Legislation

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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