Local clinically purchased hearing aids can cost more than $2,000 – $3,000 each. The high cost of hearing aids is a barrier to many accessing hearing corrective help.
A recent study supports legislation passed by Congress which allows the FDA to set regulations for less expensive “Over the Counter” hearing products and is designed to make better hearing devices be more easily accessible to the general public. Under this new legislation, hearing loss sufferers with mild to moderate hearing loss will be able to purchase hearing aids without a prescription and without a medical exam.
In this study, researchers compared how well 42 adults with mild to moderate hearing loss repeated comparative sentences said in the presence of moderate background noise. Researchers initially tested their ability to understand speech without hearing aids, then again with expensive hearing aids sold through professional hearing aid offices and then again with less expensive Over the Counter hearing aids (OTC).