Hearing aids can now be purchased over-the-counter
Audiology Doctor says to take a hearing test before purchase
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Anyone looking for a hearing aid can now purchase them over-the counter.
Now, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a final rule that will allow hearing aids to be available without prescriptions. This latest development would create a new category of ’over the counter hearing aids’ to be sold to consumers directly in an effort to make hearing aids more accessible and more affordable.
However, according Bryne Gonzales, a doctor of audiology, there are some other factors that consumers need to be aware of before they immediately purchase one.
”There are risks to treating without a test were you could over-amplify, you could amplify something that did not need to be amplified in the first place, you may be putting a hearing aid in the ear that is full of wax and causing more problems than solutions,” according to Dr. Gonzales. “So, there is still a lot of unknowns still, but this is one good step forward.”
If you are in need of a hearing aid, please contact a local audiologist and schedule a test.
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