Opening the market for lower cost hearing aids: Regulatory change can improve the health of older Americans

Jan Blustein, Barbara E. Weinstein

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Abstract

Hearing loss is a leading cause of disability among older people. Yet only one in seven US adults who could benefit from a hearing aid uses one. This fraction has not increased over the past 30 years, nor have hearing aid prices dropped, despite trends of steady improvements and price reductions in the consumer electronics industry. The President's Council on Science and Technology has proposed changes in the regulation of hearing aids, including the creation of a "basic" low-cost over-the-counter category of devices. We discuss the potential to reduce disability as well as to improve public health, stakeholder responses to the president's council's proposal, and public health efforts to further mitigate the burden of disability stemming from age-related hearingloss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1032-1035
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume106
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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