Trump signs OTC Hearing Aid Act into law

The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, signed by President Trump last week, included the bipartisan Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act. Of the new law, Rep.

The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, signed by President Trump last week, included the bipartisan Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act. Of the new law, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) noted, "For so many, this measure will finally make hearing correction affordable and within reach—with the latest technology, competitive prices and a short trip to your local pharmacy or shopping center." Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a cosponsor of the legislation in the Senate, added: "Consumers are interested in new hearing aid products to improve their quality of life at an affordable price. The more products available, the more consumers will be able to find something they can afford that works for them." Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Technology Association, praised the new measure and said stakeholders are working with FDA on quality-assurance measures that will help consumers to discern high-quality hearing enhancement devices for mild-to-moderate hearing loss from cheap personal amplifiers that do not work.