Survey Finds Consumers Wary of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Almost three-quarters of respondents in a recent survey wouldn’t consider a do-it-yourself option for hearing care and would want professional hearing testing, hearing aid selection and hearing aid programming. The study of 809 older adults was conducted by Healthy Hearing, an organization that promotes education about hearing loss and treatment ... News in Brief
Free
News in Brief  |   July 01, 2017
Survey Finds Consumers Wary of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
Author Notes
Article Information
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / News in Brief
News in Brief   |   July 01, 2017
Survey Finds Consumers Wary of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.22072017.13
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.22072017.13
The study of 809 older adults was conducted by Healthy Hearing, an organization that promotes education about hearing loss and treatment options. The organization wanted to test the assumption—the basis for recent discussions and legislation—that allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter (OTC) will make them more accessible.
Most of the participants reported having normal hearing, and of those who reported hearing loss, only 28 percent wore hearing aids. This group of adults age 50-plus with little hearing aid experience is the demographic most likely to be targeted for OTC hearing aids in bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress in March.
Only about 23 percent of respondents indicated a willingness to give up any services provided by a hearing care professional. The survey report concludes that “consumers value the services of hearing care professionals, and there is still an important place for their work.”
0 Comments
Submit a Comment
Submit A Comment
Name
Comment Title
Comment


This feature is available to Subscribers Only
Sign In or Create an Account ×
FROM THIS ISSUE
July 2017
Volume 22, Issue 7