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Hearing Industries Association calls for more OTC regulation

US consumers must be protected against sub-standard technology once the market for over-the-counter hearing aids opens in the US later this year, according to Hearing Industries Association, the association for hearing aid manufacturers in the US.

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The establishment of an over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid sales channel in the US will ideally require a set of clearly defined rules to regulate products slated to hit shelves in fall this year, and which could even be sold in regular electronics stores, according to the Hearing Industries Association (HIA),

The industry association for hearing aid manufacturers sent its hearing response stating the above to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shortly before the deadline in January for feedback on the proposed channel guidelines.

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