Thursday, April 25, 2013


With an influx of PSAP’s arriving in stores and online, the FDA felt it was necessary to explain to the public, what it saw as the differences between Personal Sound Amplifiers (also known as PSAP) and hearing aids.   For consumers needing a boost, a PSAP can be a very viable option.  They are inexpensive compared to hearing aids, are discreet and work in many types of situations.  The FDA describes the difference below. 

The FDA said “PSAP’s are intended to amplify environmental sound for non-hearing impaired consumers. They are not intended to compensate for hearing impairment. Examples of situations in which PSAPs typically are used include listening to lectures with a distant speaker, listening to soft sounds that would be difficult for normal hearing individuals to hear (e.g. distant conversations, performances, bird watching, and hunting (listening for prey).”

The FDA goes on to say that “PSAPs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate disease and do not alter the structure or function of the body, they are not devices as defined by in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.  As such, there is no regulatory classification, product code, or definition for these products (PSAPs)”.

The FDA also states that although both affect our ability to hear sound, “a PSAP is a wearable electronic product that is not intended to compensate for impaired hearing, but rather is intended for non-hearing impaired consumers to amplify sounds in the environment for a number of reasons, such as for recreational activities.”

Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAP) takes hearing to new levels.  This device was designed to help the average person hear better in noisier environments, reducing the background noise all while amplifying hard-to-hear sounds.  To learn more, please visit

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