The ACDHH Hearing Healthcare Program is proud to announce a new partnership with the ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic!  We are kicking off a small pilot Project with ASU, designed to provide low-income adults with hearing aids and aural rehabilitation.  

If you are low-income and need hearing aids, please email Christy Abrams at [email protected] so she can assist you in finding hearing aids.  You might qualify for this Project, or another hearing aid assistance program in Arizona.  

If you have hearing aids to donate to this Project, please send them to:

ASU College of Health Solutions
Dr. Kristin Samuelson, Au.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Audiology Clinic Director
975 S. Myrtle Ave., Mail Code 0102
Tempe, AZ 85287

To learn more about the Project:


Arizona Horizon PBS


ASU Cronkite News

Ahwatukee Foothills News (page 9)



Getting your hearing checked, affording and purchasing hearing aids, as well as selecting the right audiologist or hearing aid dispenser to assist you, is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your hearing healthcare.  ACDHH has compiled the following resources to help guide you in this process. Understanding how we hear is the first step, en espanol.

Click here to access a list of audiologists and hearing aid dispensers who will gladly check your hearing for free.

Click here to check the license of an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.

Here is a checklist to guide your purchase of hearing aids.

Consumer Reports publishes a Hearing Aid Buying Guide.

This article will help with Understanding the Cost of Hearing Aids.

How much do hearing aids cost? Hearing Tracker has the answer!

Curious about how to read your audiogram?  This article explains how!

A telecoil in your hearing aid will allow you to hear with an inductive loop, whether it is a neckloop, a looped room, a countertop loop, or a looped clipboard. Read more here.

Dr. Cliff explains in this video why a telecoil is important!


Does a hearing aid really help?  Yes, hearing better improves a person's quality of life!  Read more here about the health benefits of wearing a hearing aid!

Have hearing aids really improved over time? You bet! Visit the Hearing Aid Museum (online, free, virtual) to see how the technology has changed and improved since the 1800's!

Take a tour of the modern high-tech hearing aid at the Hearing Industries Association website.

Can a Hearing Aid help prevent dementia? Read the NY Times Magazine article here

How does the brain change after using high quality, premium, professionally fit bilateral hearing aids?

Preparing to visit an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser for the first time? Work through this free online questionnaire to help you identify challenging hearing situations and possible solutions, then bring it with you to your visit. 


Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids?

Are there "FDA Registered" or "FDA Certified" Medical Devices? The FDA clarifies this for you! 

April, 2021:  Rulemaking on OTC HA possibly delayed until 2022, No FDA approved OTC HA's exist

October, 2020:  Arizona Attorney General Brnovich Warns Consumers About Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Read More Here:  Hearing Tracker Reports on OTC HA Pros and Cons

July 24, 2018 – Status on Over the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

In the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA), Congress outlined certain requirements to establish a category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and the requirements that apply to them. This statutorily mandated process requires FDA to publish proposed regulations for public comment, and then to publish final regulations.

At this time, there are no products that can claim to address hearing loss that are, or can claim to be OTC hearing aids within the meaning of section 520(q) of the FD&C Act as amended by FDARA. Currently, hearing aids continue to be restricted devices, for which sales must follow applicable federal and state requirements. FDA has published a letter to clarify the status of these products.


Ever wondered: what's the difference between a hearing aid and a personal sound amplifier product (PSAP)? 

~ ~ ~ ~ A PSAP is not a Hearing Aid ~ ~ ~ ~

Before you purchase a PSAP or, in the future, an OTC hearing aid, take this short Consumer Ear Disease Risk Assessment (CEDRA) online to see if you should see a doctor first. 

Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers: Know the Difference! The Food and Drug Administration’s consumer health information series has some good info on this subject.

Karl Strom, editor-in-chief of the Hearing Review, has a review of various Direct-to-Consumer hearing aids as well as PSAP's.


Seeking the latest in research and best practices? Check out these websites:

The American Academy of Audiology

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology

The International Hearing Society 

The American-Speech-Hearing-Language Association

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head And Neck Surgery


The Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology


IDA Institute