ARLINGTON, Va. – American adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss have the ability to buy hearing aids on an over-the-counter basis at retailers across the country.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores-backed move, which will greatly enhance patients’ access to hearing aids, comes out of a final rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration in mid-August.
NACDS previously commented to the FDA in support of swift finalization of the OTC hearing aids rule.
The Association’s comments to the FDA in August 2021 and January 2022 urged swift action and timely improvements to hearing aid access across the nation, in order to foster meaningful impacts for the 37.5 million American adults who suffer from hearing loss.
NACDS noted, “Better access at frequently visited retail outlets and pharmacies can help combat some of the known barriers to uptake including cost and stigma, and the promise of enhanced, direct access options for OTC hearing aids should not be unfairly delayed any longer.”
Most recently, in June, NACDS lauded the advancement of a provision in the FDA user fee bill which ultimately expedited the FDA’s finalization of the rule.