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Conversations are happening across the country to ensure safe, quality hearing assistance is available to those who need it. Check below to see what’s happening in Kentucky.

Did you know?

20% of Kentucky's population has some form of hearing loss.

Past consumer protection action

January 14, 2022. NAAG Responds to FDA’s Comment Request on New Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Rules.

“In response to a request for comments from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding new rules regulating over-the-counter hearing aids, NAAG submitted comments encouraging the FDA to take the below steps to ensure that states maintain a role as regulators in this emerging market.”

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May 13, 2021. Consumer Alert: Attorney General Cameron Warns Kentuckians of Misleading Claims about Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids.

“Kentuckians should carefully review claims made by over-the-counter hearing aid sellers,” said Attorney General Cameron. “To avoid unnecessary health risks and financial loss, we encourage Kentuckians with a hearing loss to seek professional medical advice for appropriate hearing aid fitting.”

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Latest 2023 legislative news

HB 95. Sponsor: Rep. Walker Thomas (R)

This measure permits the sale and fitting of hearing instruments to individuals who are licensed under the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

This measure applies to audiologists.

This measure provides that individuals may not sell, fit, or display services related to the practice of fitting or selling hearing instruments unless they hold a valid license that is posted in each office or place of business or a license to practice as an audiologist issued by the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Additionally, this measure directs individuals selling or fitting hearing instruments to obtain the buyer's signature on a written and dated agreement, offer to purchase, or receipt which must contain the seller's signature and printed name, their business address, and license number issued to the seller. The seller must also provide:

1. The make, model, and serial number of the hearing instrument. 2. A notice and statement of the purchaser's thirty-day right to cancel their purchase. 3. Information detailing how to contact the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

This measure does not provide an effective date.

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