When the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act was signed into law in 2017, it was intended to make hearing aids more accessible and less expensive. The FDA’s guidelines for OTC hearing aids were due in August 2020. It’s not known when they will be released. At the next virtual meeting of the NYC chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, March 2 at 6:00-7:30, Dr. Kevin Franck, the vice-chair of National HLAA’s Board of Directors, will discuss the status of over-the-counter hearing aids. The FDA is considering many factors, including whom the aids are intended for; how they should be labeled; and where they will be sold. Dr. Franck will also address other questions such as: What are interest groups, including HLAA, hoping to see in the regulations? What is filling the gap left by the FDA’s failure to regulate? If you would like to join us for this captioned program, click here.
Can’t Hear? We are here for you!
The New York City Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America is a vibrant, diverse community dedicated to helping people with hearing loss lead more satisfying and productive lives. At the chapter’s monthly meetings, speakers address topics such as hearing aids and hearing-aid alternatives, assistive technology, interpersonal strategies, and advocacy initiatives. Those of you who are interested can find information about our organization on our chapter website by clicking here.