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Hearing is important, but prescription hearing aids are not always optimal for everyone.
FOX’s Morgan Brittany reports from Capitol Hill:
A federal drug safety regulator announced changes to their hearing aid regulations that could allow hearing-impaired Americans to get hearing aids without a prescription.
Translated to English, that means that people who have uncontrollable hearing loss, or hearing loss caused by an underlying disease, could no longer need a prescription for their hearing aids.
The Food and Drug Administration says people with conditions like hearing loss from Type 1 diabetes, deafness and traumatic brain injury would be exempt from having to go through a doctor before gaining access to hearing aids.
The FDA notes that hearing loss caused by hereditary conditions or from conditions that are pre-existing by the age of 18, including genetic loss of hearing and development of hearing loss in children.
And those who experience hearing loss from congenital disorders, like hearing loss due to deafness.
Morgan Brittany, FOX News.