Important notice for prospective hearing aid users (US only)
Good health practice requires that a person with a hearing loss have a medical evaluation by a licensed
physician (preferably a physician who specializes in diseases of the ear) before purchasing a hearing aid.
Licensed physicians who specialize in diseases of the ear are often referred to as otolaryngologists, otolo-
gists or otorhinolaryngologists. The purpose of medical evaluation is to assure that all medically treat-
able conditions that may affect hearing are identified and treated before the hearing aid is purchased.
Following the medical evaluation, the physician will give you a written statement that states that your
hearing loss has been medically evaluated and that you may be considered a candidate for a hearing aid.
The physician will refer you to an audiologist or a hearing care professional, as appropriate, for a hearing
The audiologist or hearing care professional will conduct a hearing aid evaluation to assess your ability
to hear with and without a hearing aid. The hearing aid evaluation will enable the audiologist or hearing
care professional to select and fit a hearing aid to your individual needs.
If you have reservations about your ability to adapt to amplification, you should inquire about the avail-
ability of a trial-rental or purchase-option program. Many hearing care professionals now offer programs
that permit you to wear a hearing aid for a period of time for a nominal fee after which you may decide if
you want to purchase the hearing aid.
Federal law restricts the sale of hearing aids to those individuals who have obtained a medical evaluation
from a licensed physician. 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. The
exercise of such a waiver is not in your best health interest and its use is strongly discouraged.