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FDA proposes regulation for OTC hearing aids after string of delays

It took several attempts and presidential intervention, but the US authority has finally released guidelines to ensure better and cheaper access to hearing aids.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has abided by President Joe Biden's executive order and has published a proposal to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable for millions of Americans.

In July, Biden gave the agency 120 days to come up with guidelines relating to the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid act, which was enacted in the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.

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