Buying a hearing aid over the counter? Read the fine print. | Opinion

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By Thomas A. Powers Currently, an estimated 38 million Americans or more have some degree of hearing loss. The good news is there are additional ways to access hearing aids now that the government has finalized rules allowing adults with self-perceived mild to moderate hearing loss to purchase hearing aids over the counter (OTC). What this means is that we may soon start noticing advertising and related communications letting us know that OTC hearing aids can be purchased online, by mail, and in an array of locations, such as pharmacies, retail stores, and, perhaps, in hearing professionals’ o…

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