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Audiologist Group Has Concerns About US FDA's Proposal For OTC Sales Of Hearing Aids

ASHA Survey Shows Consumers Unaware Of Or Don't Understand Proposed Rule

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With FDA proposal to allow OTC hearing aid sales mostly met with approval, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says consumers risk further hearing loss by not consulting with professionals.

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