Do I need a prescription or medical evaluation before buying a hearing aid?

Federal law permits a fully informed adult to sign a waiver statement declining the medical evaluation for religious or personal beliefs that preclude consultation with a physician. Children under the age of 18 are not eligible for a waiver. The exercise of such a waiver is not in your best health interest and its use is strongly discouraged.

In accordance with good health practice, MDHearingAid and the US FDA recommend that a person with hearing loss have a medical evaluation by a licensed audiologist or physician (preferably a physician who specializes in diseases of the ear) before purchasing any hearing aid. If you have or think you may have any of the following conditions you should consult a doctor prior to purchase:

  • Visible deformity of the ear
  • Fluid or drainage from the ear within the past 90 days
  • Sudden, rapidly progressing, or fluctuating hearing loss
  • Spells of acute or chronic dizziness
  • Hearing loss only on one side that worsened in the past 90 days
  • Ear canal blockage, a lasting ear infection or a 'plugged up' fullness feeling
  • Excessive wax buildup, or a history of excessive wax buildup
  • Pain or discomfort in the ear
  • Ringing in one or both ears within last 90 days

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