Hearing Health and Technology -- Workshop, Project No. P171200 #00084

Submission Number:
00084
Commenter:
Pete Mills
State:
Mississippi
Initiative Name:
Hearing Health and Technology -- Workshop, Project No. P171200
This is to inform that I am in full support of hearing aid devices being sold "over the counter" to our citizens of these United States. I am a rehabilitation counselor in private practice and also have a hearing loss and wear prescription hearing aids at a cost of $5000. I am fortunate to be able to purchase them as I could not function in my job or socially without them. However, I am of the opinion that the great majority of our citizens cannot afford the costs of the hearing aids and as a result suffer regarding job adjustments, socially and activity of daily living hardships. Because of the high cost most will simply not be able to afford them. However, by bringing the costs down through over the counter purchase we may see reductions of up to 90% or $300-500 for hearing devices. Please consider the comments and make appropriate decisions for our citizens so that we all benefit. Thank you. Pete Mills