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It Is Now Required To Have A Physician’s Certification For The Purchase Of Hearing Aids

By Andrew Rivera

The Federal Government has finally stepped into the hearing aid arena, establishing new federal guidelines for the standards, production, labeling and dispensing of hearing aids that millions of Americans rely on every day. The hearing impaired individual will now be required to obtain a letter from their physician stating the medical necessity of a hearing aid before they are able to purchase a unit. The FDA has estimated there are more than 10 million people who never had any medical evaluation for hearing impairment. Also, the physician must have done this medical evaluation sometime within a previous six months before the hearing aid has been purchased.

Even though buyers who are at least 18 years old are allowed to decline a medical evaluation, this regulation states anyone dispensing hearing aids is forbidden to encourage a buyer to do this. Today’s modern hearing aid market is made up of around 1,200 different models. Demographics show 60 percent of the current market are older people, 12 to 13 percent is made up of children, with the balance of the sales being to people who are between 18 to 65 years old. Each hearing aid manufacturer is required to include certain pertinent information concerning their hearing aid including instructions for use, the limitations of the unit, how the hearing aid functions and a detailed brochure.

It muse be clearly stated that a hearing aid can not restore normal hearing or prevent any future loss of hearing. Any hearing aid sales person is required to present you with a brochure to read through before the sale is completed. The patient must be advised to consult their physician immediately in the event of such symptoms as dizziness, pain, excess fluid, worsening of hearing loss, foreign matter inside the ear or changes in the shape of the interior or exterior ear.

After providing somebody with a hearing aid the retailers are obligated to hold onto all documentation of the transaction for at least 3 years, this includes the medical forms and waivers. This new regulation was influenced in no small way by a report made by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1975. The Federal Trade Commission has also proposed some regulations aimed at hearing aid purchase plans and forms of advertising, all of which are compatible with the FDA regulations. There are many potential causes for hearing loss and not every one may be helped by a hearing aid.

The new rules are meant to guard patients against sales solicitations for hearings aids which are not likely to improve their situation, and to encourage them to seek a physician’s analysis regarding the causes of their impairment. The objective is to make sure patients are armed with the necessary facts to guard against unnecessary hearing aid purchases. An additional rational is to make certain that patients whose conditions can be improved by hearing aids are given thorough information regarding their options, and to ensure that anyone who requires a physicians input regarding their impairment will seek it, instead of simply purchasing a hearing aid blindly.

These regulations are a massive help in protecting consumers, however in the end responsibility comes down to the individual. Everybody who suffers from hearing loss should first see a doctor instead of simply buying a hearing aid. Sometimes hearing loss can be the symptom of a more serious disease, so your doctor should do a full evaluation. You may find you do not need a hearing aid and instead your situation can be improved with use of surgery or medication, perhaps even changing your diet will suffice. If it is proven you do need a hearing aid then you will quickly be directed to the appropriate people. As always, make sure you shop around and find not only the best prices but the best service plan as well.

Be certain to investigate warranty options as well. You will find most manufactures offer 2 year guarantees and you can even have trial periods with most dealers. You can also look into rental plans for hearing aids. Test the hearing aid out yourself before you buy it. Check the sound quality, can you hear what people are saying when it is quiet? When you are in loud environments, does the hearing aid cause any discomfort? How easy is it to control? Become familiar with the variations in cost and available features. You will look at around $350 for a good quality hearing aid, while an elderly person will be able to get one for $195 to $250.

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Rivera, Andrew "It Is Now Required To Have A Physician’s Certification For The Purchase Of Hearing Aids." It Is Now Required To Have A Physician’s Certification For The Purchase Of Hearing Aids. 6 Jul. 2010. 15 Sep 2014 <>.

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