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Hearing aids are bulky, expensive and available only through medical professionals which means 80% of Americans who need them don’t have them—a number that hasn’t changed in decades according to Frank Lin, director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

But they’re about to get an upgrade: A recent bipartisan agreement deregulated hearing aids and put the onus on the FDA to vet new over-the-counter devices. The move, experts hope, will lower prices outside of the medical system and clear the way for innovation from companies like Samsung and Apple.

Scientific American

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