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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Introduced in Congress

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 was introduced Monday, March 20. The reintroduced legislation is designed to make hearing aids for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss available over the counter (OTC), and require the FDA to write regulations ensuring the new OTC category meets the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling, and manufacturing protections as all medical devices, providing consumers the option of an FDA-regulated device at lower cost.

Understanding Hearing Aid Rejection and Opportunities for OTC Using the COM-B Model

The COM-B model provides a framework for understanding factors that influence consumer behavior when purchasing hearing aids. While OTC hearing aids have been created to address affordability and accessibility, researchers Brent Edwards and Melanie Ferguson point out that the model clearly suggests consumers will continue to reject hearing aids until the other influencing factors are addressed.

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Meeting the Challenges of OTC: Who Are Self-fitting Hearing Aids Really For?

What personal and technological factors will influence consumers’ success with self-fitting OTC hearing devices? Researcher Elizabeth Convery, PhD, looks at recent studies suggesting that OTC manufacturers and providers must address a range of important personal and device factors before self-fitting can become a viable option for adults with hearing loss.

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Individualizing Hearing Healthcare: New Opportunities in OTC Hearing Aids

With the current and future changes in hearing healthcare, we have a newfound opportunity and increased flexibility for individualized care. Whether we are considering the level of service or the application of advanced hearing aid processing, one size does not fit all. Here is a brief summary of the research about how hearing care professionals can make meaningful differences in the individual care of consumers who are using amplification products—regardless of whether these are OTC or traditionally dispensed hearing devices.

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