Starting Today, Hearing Aids May be Sold Over the Counter

The White House estimates people will save nearly $3,000 by not having to get them through a medical professional.

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Starting Oct. 17, millions of Americans with mild or moderate hearing loss could save thousands of dollars because they no longer will be required to go through a medical professional to purchase a hearing aid. 

This means people may get their hearing aids in stores or online without first getting an exam from a doctor or an audiologist. Over-the-counter hearing aids will not be available for children or for adults with more serious hearing loss.

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Elaine Silvestrini has worked for Kiplinger since 2021, serving as senior retirement editor since 2022. Before that, she had an extensive career as a newspaper and online journalist, primarily covering legal issues at the Tampa Tribune and the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. In more recent years, she's written for several marketing, legal and financial websites, including and, and the newsletters Auto Insurance Report and Property Insurance Report.