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Hearing aid manufacturers unconcerned about potential OTC disruptions

The newly proposed regulatory framework in the US for the over-the-counter sales channel of hearing aids is of no concern to Danish hearing healthcare companies, who predict Americans will continue to prioritize professional guidance over cheaper devices.

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After much anticipation from Danish hearing aid manufacturers, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its proposal for new rules concerning the over-the-counter (OTC) sales of hearing aids.

The creation of the OTC sales channel for hearing aids in the US has been underway for some time, and should have come into force in August of last year. However, the plans have been delayed several times.

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