October 3, 2022
As of August 2022, the FDA approved over-the-counter hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing impairment. Over-the-counter hearing aids do not require a prescription, exam, or fitting by an audiologist to purchase. The price of OTC hearing aids are expected to be significantly lower than that of prescription hearing aids.
You may be able to purchase over-the-counter hearing aids as soon as mid-October 2022.
What is the difference between mild, moderate, and severe hearing impairment?
According to the CDC, mild to moderate hearing impairment means hearing some to almost no speech sounds when the speaker is talking at a normal volume. Severe hearing impairment means hearing no speech sounds when the speaker is talking, as well as only some loud sounds.