Audio equipment manufacturer Bose, headquartered in Framingham, has announced new direct-to-consumer hearing aids that use an app to allow users to skip a doctor visit, hearing test or prescription.

The new SoundControl Hearing Aids are the first U.S. Food & Drug Administration-cleared, direct-to-consumer hearing aid developed for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss, according to a release from the company.

Using the Bose Hear app, users can fit, program and control the hearing aid, making adjustments in real-time without a healthcare professional.

The hearing aids will be sold directly from Bose for $849.95 starting May 18 in five states: Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, with nationwide availability to follow.

This is a fraction of the cost of most traditional hearing aids, according to Bose.