Has the Audiologists’ Lobbying Paid Off?
Hearing aids have been very expensive and hard to get since 1977, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enacted its Hearing Aid Rule. This rule required consumers see a doctor before buying a hearing aid.
This rule was the direct result of testimony from “audiologists.” These hearing aid providers warned that consumers would otherwise waste money on hearing aids when their hearing loss actually stemmed from a medical condition such as acoustical nerve tumors, infections, and plain old wax buildup.
This rule gave the traditional hearing aid providers a virtual monopoly on hearing aid sales eliminating competition and driving up prices.
Luckily the FDA also created an exception: Adults could bypass a doctor if they signed a waiver acknowledging the dangers of skipping a medical evaluation. This exception now allows price savvy consumers to purchase hearing aids at drastically reduced prices.
At Hear Better our goal is to provide quality hearing aids at reasonable prices and if our hearing aids do not help you, just return them for a full refund.