By Bob Katzen

The Senate gave initial approval to legislation that would restore the ability of otolaryngologists, commonly known as ear, nose and throat physicians, to sell and/or dispense hearing aids to their patients.

“Massachusetts is one of only two states that does not permit otolaryngologists to sell or dispense hearing aids,” said the bill’s sponsor Sen. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen). “Empowering them to do so would improve patient care, allow patients to see fewer doctors and specialists, and save time, treatment costs and copayments.”

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