FDA Makes the Right Move on Making Hearing Aids more Accessible, Says CTA

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and
CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, regarding the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement on that it will
allow the sale of most hearings aids without a medical evaluation for
consumers aged 18 and over:

“The FDA’s action moves hearing aids closer to the same, easily
accessible shelf as over-the-counter eyeglasses. This will be a major
win for the tens of millions of Americans affected by hearing loss.
Lifting these restrictions will allow for further technological
advancements that can result in more innovative and less expensive
hearing aid solutions. CTA is proud of our members’ role in helping
shape the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
report Hearing Health Care for Adults, Priorities for Improving
Access and Affordability
, which included recommendations that drove
the FDA’s decision. We look forward to working with the FDA to open this
innovation-driven market and provide new hope for those living with
hearing loss.”

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, is the trade
association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology
industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses
and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the
benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research,
technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the
fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Consumer
Technology Association also owns and produces CES® – the
world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer
technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry


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