Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Introduced
On March 21, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA). The Academy has been actively engaged on this legislation since the start of the 115th Congress and was able to see several key changes to this version based on the bill that was introduced at the end of the 114th Congress. While the legislation is not perfect, the Academy is pleased to see that the bill’s sponsors are so willing to work with key stakeholders to ensure that consumers are protected and the interests of audiologists are understood.
The Academy’s conversations have been based on its two statements released on OTC Devices and on accessibility and affordability for hearing care. The Academy will continue to work with Congress on this bill at it advances through the legislative process.