Urgent consumer warning about phony over-the-counter hearing aids

Arizona Attorney General (AG) Mark Brnovich has issued a press release warning the public about over-the-counter hearing aid scams. His office has received approximately 140 complaints in the past year from consumers who purchased over-the-counter hearing aids that didn’t work and couldn’t be returned. He warns that over-the-counter hearing aids are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the “FDA relaxed restrictions on the sales of hearing aids in 2017, [resulting in] dozens of companies [entering] the over-the-counter hearing aid market. Some of these devices can be purchased for as little as $2.50 from overseas, but many of the products are actually poor sound amplifiers — not FDA-approved medical devices.” Seniors are especially targeted because many are on fixed incomes. They’re attracted to the lower cost of over-the-counter hearing aids paired with fraudulent “money-back guarantees” that don’t exist. For more information, you can click on the link for the press release below. Thank you to ArSHA’s President Melanie Moore for sounding the alarm on this important topic.