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Hearing Aids For Adults

The scope of this page is hearing aids for adult populations aged 18 years and older.


See the Hearing Loss (Adults) Evidence Map for summaries of the available research on this topic.

Hearing aid fitting and verification for adults is a complex process representing one part of a comprehensive aural rehabilitation plan. See the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Practice Portal page on Aural Rehabilitation for Adults. Through analysis of previous research, Erdman et al. (1994) described a service delivery model for audiologists that engages patients and supports their participation in personal hearing-management decisions. Comprehensive hearing health provision models include patient- and family-centered approaches as well as appropriate use of hearing technology (Grenness et al., 2014; Hickson, 2012; Laplante-Lévesque et al., 2010; Scarinci et al., 2013). To achieve the greatest probability of a successful hearing aid fitting, a rehabilitation plan will incorporate the combined efforts and input of the audiologist, the patient, and the family/caregivers. Visit the Ida Institute for more information.

Hearing aids are considered medical devices and, as such, are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. See the ASHA Practice Portal page on Unbundling Hearing Aid Sales for information regarding the dispensing of hearing aids.

Content Disclaimer: The Practice Portal, ASHA policy documents, and guidelines contain information for use in all settings; however, members must consider all applicable local, state and federal requirements when applying the information in their specific work setting.