Under new law, over-the-counter hearing aids could be cheaper and more widely used

Hearing aids are expensive, they are not covered by many health plans and are used by only a small percentage of those who need them.

New legislation signed into law on Friday aims to make the medical devices cheaper and more widely used by ensuring high-quality products are available over-the-counter and without a doctor’s involvement.

Under the law, the Food and Drug Administration must propose regulation for over-the-counter hearing aids in the next three years to make sure the products are safe and effective. The over-the-counter products are specifically for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

More than 35 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, and the numbers are only expected to grow as the U.S.

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