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WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration took a major step toward allowing the sale of cheaper, over-the-counter hearing aids, more than a year later than Congress expected and more than four years after the FDA began writing its new rules.

The regulations, which are still in draft form, would allow the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids for people over 18 with mild to moderate hearing loss. The move was mandated by a 2017 law written by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

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