Hearing Aids Now Available Over the Counter

Posted on 05/31/23 by The AARP Bulletin

AARP Iowa is reminding Iowans that over-the-counter hearing aids are available under federal rules implemented last year.

Previously, people had to get a prescription from a hearing professional. Now, Americans can buy aids to address mild to moderate hearing loss directly from stores or online retailers—often at a fraction of the cost—without a medical exam, prescription or fitting by an audiologist. (Severe hearing loss still requires a prescription device.)

Although the new over-the-counter option has made it easier to get hearing aids, consumers still need to do research. Learn about hearing loss and device options at the AARP Hearing Center website.

This story is provided by AARP Iowa. Visit the AARP Iowa page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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