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Medical Scam

Durable Medical Equipment Fraud Video

Durable Medical Equipment Fraud

DME stands for durable medical equipment: things like back braces and wheelchairs.

You may receive a back, knee, or arm brace in the mail that you never asked for. It may come with documentation that leads you to believe the brace was sent by your doctor.

If you received a Medicare payment form, do not sign it. It is a scam, and if Medicare doesn't cover it, you will be charged.

Ensure Your Hearing Aids Are Legitimate

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Dozens of companies have entered the over-the-counter hearing aid market since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed restrictions on the sales of hearing aids in 2017. Many of the products sold by these companies are actually Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAP), not FDA-approved medical devices.

Sellers of these phony products often entice consumers via websites advertising deals for much less than what a traditional FDA-approved hearing aid would cost.

The best way to ensure your hearing aid is legitimate is to seek guidance from a medical professional.

Before purchasing over-the-counter hearing aids, keep the following in mind:

  • The FDA has not approved any over-the-counter hearing aids. Over-the-counter hearing aids are not regulated and may simply be PSAP which may be of poor quality and not work for those with hearing loss.
  • Research the seller on the Better Business Bureau website or another objective consumer review site.
  • Consider getting a hearing screen and opinion from a hearing specialist who can tell you whether an over-the-counter hearing device will work for you.

Remember, if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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