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FDA rule clears the way for cheaper, over-the-counter hearing aids


August 17, 2022

Isaac Hale, Associated Press

Kim M. Smith, leader of the Utah Deaf Hospital Rights movement and president of the Utah Association of the Deaf.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued its long-awaited final rule allowing the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids, a move aimed at increasing access and bringing down costs for millions of Americans.

This means consumers will no longer need a prescription to purchase these types of hearing aids that could be available for online and in retail stores by mid-October. The move is expected to increase competition and eventually lower prices.

In Minnesota, medical device manufacturers were split on the news, with long-established hearing aid maker Starkey disappointed by elements of the final rule while other companies such as Intricon Corp., celebrated it.


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