US Regulators Lay out Plan for Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

Health regulators unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription

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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Kim M. Smith, leader of the Utah Deaf Hospital Rights movement and president of the Utah Association of the Deaf, brushes her hair away from her hearing aid as she poses for a portrait at Alta View Hospital in Sandy, Utah. Health regulators on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription, a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of people with hearing problems. (Isaac Hale/The Daily Herald via AP, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Health regulators on Tuesday unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription, a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of people with hearing problems. The Food and Drug Administration said the proposed rule would cut red tape that currently requires hearing exams and a prescription for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Under the plan, the devices could be ordered online or bought…

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