Terms Used In Florida Statutes 484.0401

  • Hearing aid: means any wearable device designed for, offered for the purpose of, or represented as aiding persons with, or compensating for, impaired hearing. See Florida Statutes 484.041
The Legislature recognizes that the dispensing of prescription hearing aids requires particularized knowledge and skill to ensure that the interests of the hearing-impaired public will be adequately served and safely protected. It recognizes that a poorly selected or fitted prescription hearing aid not only will give little satisfaction but may interfere with hearing ability and, therefore, deems it necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, and welfare to regulate the dispensing of prescription hearing aids in this state. Restrictions on the fitting and selling of prescription hearing aids shall be imposed only to the extent necessary to protect the public from physical and economic harm, and restrictions shall not be imposed in a manner which will unreasonably affect the competitive market.