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FDA postpones plan for new hearing aid sales channel – again

In the US, the option to buy over-the-counter hearing aids has had multiple delays, and from the look of things now, the guidelines for the so-called OTC sales won't be nade public until early 2023 – if then.

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The farce surrounding the development of a US over-the-counter (OTC) category for the sales of low-cost hearing aids continues.

For some years, hearing aid manufacturers of all sizes and shapes have been waiting with anticipation for the US Food and Drug authority (FDA) to provide the guidelines which will define the contours of how OTC sales of hearing aids will operate in the future.

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