Ag, Company Sign Settlement Agreement On Hearing Aid Claims

PHOENIX (AP) — An agreement between an Arizona company and the state Attorney General's office calls for the business to stop misleading consumers by falsely claiming that its over-the-counter hearing aids were approved by federal regulators.

The signed agreement between Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office and Budget Hearing Aids LLC was filed Monday and awaits court approval, Brnovich's office said.

As a result of the settlement, Budget must remove the logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and notations of “FDA Approved" and “FDA Registered" from the company's advertising, the office said.

The reference “conveys a message to the public that the FDA favors or endorses a private sector organization or the organization’s activities, products, services, and/or personnel (either overtly or tacitly), which FDA does not and cannot do," the agreement states.

As of September, Budget and a subsidiary, Audien LLC, had sold hearing aids priced at $89 to $249 a pair to approximately 68,000 customers through three websites, Brnovich's office said.