Prof. Dr. Barry Freeman Ph.D., Weston, Florida (USA)
Video 1 2017
“Over-the-counter hearing aids: The impact on global hearing care”
Following the recommendations of government working groups, the U.S. Congress is considering laws creating a new category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids which would be available for retail purchase without professional services. OTC products would be intended for adults with self-identified mild to moderate hearing loss.
The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss the background and implications of the recommendations that hearing aids be fit and sold over the counter without professional involvement. This model could change global hearing care and professionals should be prepared
to explain and defend why patient outcomes are enhanced by the involvement of professionals in the hearing care delivery system.