The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced its final rule clearing the way for Over The Counter (OTC) hearing aids as a new category of hearing aids. Following this announcement, consumers may be able to purchase them from them from your favorite local outlet as well as online. As usual, “caveat emptor” applies. OTC Hearing aids are designed for adults with mild hearing loss. Who decides if you, or your spouse, actually have mild hearing loss? Hearing loss is progressive meaning it gets worse as you get older. If you think you have mild hearing loss today, you might have moderate, or severe, loss soon. Here are some questions to ask when considering an OTC hearing aid: Will it have a telecoil? The OVA has equipped their facilities with Loops, which requires a Telecoil. Does it have Bluetooth connectivity? The OVA has equipped their facilities with Listen Everywhere, which requires Bluetooth. Are the batteries rechargeable? Can you return it if it is uncomfortable? I still encourage people to see an Audiologist first. It is free and you can discuss your concerns with a professional. The Oakmont HEARS Club (Hearing Education Advocacy Research and Support) is here to help, email email@example.com. Please feel free to attend our next meeting October 17th at 4 PM in the East Rec.
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December 9 – 4:00 p.m. – Berger Center – Theater Seating