Attorney General Warns To Be Cautious Of Any Company Selling Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids
The Attorney General came out with the below warning on Tuesday, April 27th, warning people to be skeptical of companies selling over-the-counter hearing aids.
Be Skeptical of Companies Selling Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Consumers in North Carolina should be on the lookout for unscrupulous companies pushing potentially faulty over-the-counter hearing aids. Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed restrictions on the sales of hearing aids in 2017, dozens of companies have entered the over-the-counter hearing aid market. While Congress directed the FDA to pass regulations creating standards for safety, consumer labeling, and manufacturing protections, those regulations have yet to materialize. As a result, consumers face a barrage of potentially misleading advertisements about over-the-counter hearing devices.
Consumers should be skeptical of websites that tout “deals” for much less than what the consumer would pay for a traditional FDA-approved hearing aid. Misrepresentations about FDA approval and the promise of money back guarantees have left consumers unable to receive refunds for over-the-counter hearing aids that simply do not work.
Our office is working hard to protect consumers, and Attorney General Stein advises consumers to keep these five tips in mind before buying over-the-counter hearing aids:
If you believe you may have been the victim of a scam, call our office at 877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at https://ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint/.
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