As hearing benefit administrators, you may be wondering how the recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruling allowing the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids changes the landscape of hearing care (for better or worse). We have a number of resources built to help you understand OTC hearing aids and the impact it may have on your plan and hearing benefit offering.
Our team of experts has penned a series of articles giving you an in-depth look at the details of the ruling, the clinical pros and cons of OTC hearing aids, and the important considerations for adding an OTC benefit to your hearing benefit.
With the new category of OTC medical devices, the FDA sought to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable for consumers. As health plans explore benefits related to OTC hearing aids, this article explores the critical points to keep in mind.
The availability of OTC products could contribute to an increased awareness of the importance of hearing health, and perhaps even boost the adoption of hearing aids. But health plans need to be aware of the potential pitfalls.