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FDA Makes the Right Move on Making Hearing Aids more Accessible, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – December 9, 2016 – 
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement on that it will allow the sale of most hearings aids without a medical evaluation for consumers aged 18 and over:
“The FDA’s action moves hearing aids closer to the same, easily accessible shelf as over-the-counter eyeglasses. This will be a major win for the tens of millions of Americans affected by hearing loss. Lifting these restrictions will allow for further technological advancements that can result in more innovative and less expensive hearing aid solutions. CTA is proud of our members’ role in helping shape the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report Hearing Health Care for Adults, Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability, which included recommendations that drove the FDA’s decision. We look forward to working with the FDA to open this innovation-driven market and provide new hope for those living with hearing loss.”