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Campbell applauds accessibility of hearing aids, calls for increased coverage

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INDIANAPOLIS – In response to the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement that over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids will now be largely available for purchase at major retailers without a prescription or medical exam requirement, Rep. Chris Campbell (D-West Lafayette) issued the following statement:

“As an audiologist, I understand how crucial hearing aids are in improving the quality of life in patients with hearing difficulties,” said Campbell. “This initiative is a great step forward in making these vital devices accessible to those that need them.

“However, it is important to note that if the major distribution of OTC hearing aids is left unregulated, a lack of information and education about effective and proper hearing aid usage may harm consumers.

“The best way to know if OTC hearing devices are right for a patient is to speak with an audiologist. They will be able to determine the degree of hearing loss and part of the ear that is causing it, and therefore can work with the patient to decide whether an OTC or prescription hearing aid is the most effective method of treatment. Additionally, OTC hearing aids are one-size-fits-all. If the hearing device does not properly fit a patient, they could be at risk for additional hearing damage. 

“While I appreciate the increased accessibility this initiative brings, I would like to encourage everyone who is considering an OTC hearing device to first consult with an audiologist to determine if it is right for them. I will also be pushing for legislation this upcoming session to improve hearing aid insurance coverage to help with the cost of the devices and ensure everyone has access to quality, essential care.”

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