Attorneys general listen to FDA on proposed rule for over-the-counter hearing aids


Inasmuch as

  • The National Association of Attorneys General sent a comment letter to the FDA, signed by a bipartisan group of 42 AGs, urging it to ensure that states’ authority to protect consumers is not pre-empted in its proposal to rule regarding the sale of over-the-counter products. hearing aids.
  • The letter notes that all 50 states currently require hearing care professionals to be licensed and that many states have specific consumer protections for people who purchase hearing aids, including mandatory disclosures, warranties and returns; and further argues that the wording of the proposed rule – while providing more affordable and accessible hearing aids – may unintentionally undermine states’ ability to protect consumers.
  • The letter asks the FDA to clarify that its new rule will not prejudice national consumer protections, as well as to strengthen age verification processes to protect minors and to clarify that over-the-counter hearing aids are only suitable. to mild to moderate hearing loss.

Inasmuch as

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