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FDA paves the way for two hearing aid categories: Prescription & OTC devices

Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

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.

OTC Article Series

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.

OTC Hearing Aids: A Primer for Health Plans

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by Michael Belaen, J.D., SVP of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel

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.

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OTC Hearing Aids: Examining the Pros and Cons

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by Carrie Meyer, Au.D., Director of Clinical Programs

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.

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OTC Hearing Aids: Designing and Delivering an OTC Benefit

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by Scott Kosinski, Vice President of Sales & Account Management

For health plan leaders the question becomes: ‘How do we design and deliver an OTC benefit that’s an asset to our health plan while building in protections for our members and our organization?’ Learn more in the third installment of our OTC series.

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More information about OTC hearing aids

Check out an additional article from Amplifon's Chief of Audiology about the impacts of the new FDA regulations, and watch our free webinar!

Weighing the OTC Pros & Cons - Worksheet

Weighing the OTC Pros & Cons - Worksheet

Download a free 'OTC pros and cons' worksheet to help you evaluate if an OTC benefit is right for your organization and members.

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