Thursday 8 December 2016

Ear amplifiers must be regulated

Published 07/07/2015 | 02:30

Ear amplifiers can be potentially harmful
Ear amplifiers can be potentially harmful

Concerns have been raised about the sale of cheap personal amplifiers sold as hearing aids.

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These devices, which look like traditional hearing aids, have no medical purpose, warns Hearing Loss Ireland.

It pointed out they are not intended to compensate for impaired hearing but merely to amplify environmental sounds for normal hearing people.

"However, these devices have been on sale in Ireland through supermarkets and other outlets over the past year for prices as low as €15.

"At present, an eSecure Behind The Ear Mini Amplifier Hearing Aids Aid, together with a set of batteries, is available from Amazon for £4.09.

"Postage to Ireland costs a further £6.99."

Amazon is also selling a Facilla Super Mini In The Ear Hearing Aid Aids Ear Amplifying Aid Adjustable Tone for the partially deaf for £6.99.

According to the Amazon site: "This fantastic hearing device is guaranteed to improve your hearing ability. The state of the art design enables many with hearing problems to hear with a renewed clarity they previously thought impossible, even when surrounded by background noise."

However, the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) has issued a warning that these so-called hearing aids are potentially harmful and it wants regulation of their sale.

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