Great News! OTC Hearing devices are here!
If the cost of hearing aids has been holding you back
from addressing your hearing loss, you’re not alone. That’s why Congress passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 to authorize over-the-counter hearing aids for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
On Aug. 16, 2022, the FDA announced their long-awaited OTC hearing aid guidance that now means hearing aids will be sold directly to consumers in stores or online without a medical exam or a fitting by an audiologist. The goal is to increase competition in the hearing aid market and ultimately make them more affordable.
Where do I get an OTC hearing aid?
There are several manufacturers already selling them online. Once the law takes full effect in October 2022, OTC hearing aids could be widely available in pharmacies, stores and doctors’ offices. As the Hearing Loss Association of America points out, you want to make sure your over-the-counter hearing aids you purchase come with a comprehensive return policy.
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Six key ways OTC hearing aids will be different
|Key differences||Prescription hearing aids||Over-the-counter hearing aids|
|Who fits them?||Licensed audiologist or hearing instrument specialist||Self-fit, ordered online or purchased at store|
|Cost?||$1k-$7k||Unknown, likely less than $2k|
|Diagnosis and testing?||Conducted by provider using advanced testing and diagnostic tools||Approximated by self -depending on product purchased|
|Design?||Full range, including discreet custom options||Limited; One-size-fits-most|
|Degree of hearing loss?||Mild to severe||Self-perceived mild to moderate|
|Intended user?||Any age, any medical status||18+, best for people without complex ear conditions*|
Should I get an over-the-counter hearing aid?
As stated, OTC hearing devices are for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
*According to the American Academy of Audiology, if you have any of the following health conditions a prescription hearing aid fit by a licensed audiologist or hearing instrument specialist will work better for you:
- Unilateral (one-sided hearing loss)
- Sudden recent hearing loss
- Ringing, roaring or beeping in one or both ears
- Take or have taken medication known to cause hearing loss
- Have a history of chemotherapy or radiation in head/neck area
- Have constant pain in ears
- Have frequent dizziness
In simple terms, the new rule applies to hearing aids for adults 18 and older with “perceived” mild to moderate hearing loss. Hearing aids in children or for profound to severe hearing loss will still be prescription devices.
So, If you have mild hearing loss and are holding back because of the cost of hearing aids, OTC hearing aids are a great, low-cost and option that will give you a taste of the advantages of better hearing.
Need help now?
Beyond helping you hear better, hearing aids are also linked to health benefits including reduced rates of depression and delayed onset of cognitive decline. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to treat your hearing loss. As many hearing providers say, “use it or lose it.”
If you’re ready to take action SHOP NOW, call us today at 609-448-9730 or just come on in and we can show and demonstrate the unique advantages of out suite of OTC Products.