Hearing Health and Technology -- Workshop, Project No. P171200 #00116

Submission Number:
00116
Commenter:
Max Chartrand
Organization:
International Hearing Society
State:
Arizona
Initiative Name:
Hearing Health and Technology -- Workshop, Project No. P171200
The OTC Bill is a short-sighted Trojan Horse that will ultimately destroy every consumer protection in place today and hand more than 85% of the hearing impaired market to unregulate, untrained, and unlicensed hearing aid salespeople who will be performing no video otoscopy examinations, making no medical referrals, nor testing hearing and otherwise performing the vital tasks that only professional dispensers and audiologists can perform. I ask this agency to oppose any changes to the regulations and that OTC hearing aids are not forced on an unsuspecting public.