Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced, the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act (S. 670) which has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. On the surface this bill is being presented as consumer friendly, but when Sen. Warren introduces legislation that is allegedly opening up the market to lower the cost for consumers and increase competition, it is suspect to say the least.
The two main categories of devices this bill address are personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) and hearing aids. There is not a functional difference between hearing aids and personal sound amplification products, but the definition of each remains in the intended use of the device.
PSAPs are used to amplify environmental sound for non-hearing impaired consumers for example, listening to lectures, listening to soft sounds, or listening for prey while hunting, where a hearing aid is used for the purpose of compensating for hearing loss. Similarly, you