Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make
Hearing Aids Available Over the Counter
Washington, D.C., March 21, 2017: - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), today reintroduced legislation (S.670) to make hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss available over the counter (OTC).
A companion bill (HR 1652) led by Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) was also introduced in the House.
The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the proposed legislation would require the FDA to write regulations ensuring that this new category of OTC hearing aids 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.
HLAA Supports the Bill
"Our consumer voices are powerful. HLAA has led the way for affordable and accessible hearing health care and applauds this historic effort," said Barbara Kelley, HLAA executive director. “I urge you to write your representatives. Answer this HLAA Call to Action for yourselves or for someone you care about who might need hearing aids in the future."
HLAA's Work Doesn't Stop with OTC Hearing Wearable Devices.
We know that people who can't benefit from an OTC device and have more complicated fittings need insurance and Medicare coverage for hearing aids and rehab services. We have a window of opporutnity now with a lot of attention focused on hearing health due to the NAS report, of which HLAA was a consumer sponsor.
HLAA Call to Action on OTC hearing devices. Make your voice heard.
Join HLAA today. We need your voice for the future of hearing health care. This is one of the most exciting times for people with hearing loss who need affordable and accessible hearing health care. The momentum is building and HLAA is there. Federal agencies and policy makers are looking to HLAA to hear about consumers and what we need. We are there every step of the way!