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Hearing Aids Now Available Over the Counter

Senior woman talking to husband with hearing aid

AARP Iowa is reminding Iowans that over-the-counter hearing aids are available under federal rules implemented last year.

Previously, people had to get a prescription from a hearing professional. Now, Americans can buy aids to address mild to moderate hearing loss directly from stores or online retailers—often at a fraction of the cost—without a medical exam, prescription or fitting by an audiologist. (Severe hearing loss still requires a prescription device.)

Although the new over-the-counter option has made it easier to get hearing aids, consumers still need to do research. Learn about hearing loss and device options at the AARP Hearing Center website.

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