Should the FDA Support Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids?

This week the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommended that the FDA create a distinct category of “basic” hearing aids, defined as “hearing aids intended to address … mild-to-moderate age-related hearing loss.”

We’d like to ask people whether they support this recommendation. Here is a link to the poll. We invite you cast a vote, and let your feedback on the subject be known! If you wish to receive results from the survey, feel free to add your email address (optional). We will share the final results here either way.
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Here are some initial results:



We are excited to see the where this is headed. We just shared the survey with a number of industry folks. Stay tuned. :slight_smile:

Don’t they already?? Or is OTC something different than these:

Thinking Sound World Solutions Companion Hearing Aid and the Audicus line of Hearing Aids - all available online.

Japple, sorry just saw your post. Not sure why I wasn’t alerted about it! In response, there are a couple things going on:

PSAPs - Personal Sound Amplification Products … Think of the Soundhawk as an example. This is like a basic hearing aid that can’t be marketed as a hearing aid. Amplification power may be the same as a hearing aid, as far as I’m aware…

Online hearing aids - Hearing aids, like the Eargo are sold online, in states that permit the sale of hearing aids online. However, such hearing aids would be held to the same regulations as traditional hearing aids (in terms of reporting and documentation requirements for the FDA) …

What is being proposed is a new class of “basic” OTC hearing aids that would not be held to the same rigorous regulations as hearing aids. The thought process is that this would increase investment into hearing aids, speed up innovation, and make OTC aids more available to consumers via traditional consumer electronics outlets like Best Buy…

UPDATE: We have posted the results of our survey, including many written comments from the hearing industry and consumers.

Results of the OTC hearing aid survey