Should I Buy OTC Hearing Aids?
While any consumer, starting in October 2022, can buy an over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid without a hearing exam, the critical element to remember is that OTC retailers can only sell a device, that’s it.
With the landmark decision of the FDA to approve Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing aid sales without a prescription to consumers suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss, it’s imperative to remember one important question, how does someone know they’re suffering with mild to moderate hearing loss?
OTC retailers are not doctors and do not have to be licensed to sell an OTC. They cannot perform hearing exams or offer alternative treatments should a consumer be suffering from something more severe than mild to moderate hearing loss. OTC retailers do not offer long term care in the form of clean and checks, and because OTCs are designed for a “one size fits all” model, they cannot provide any customization for a consumers particular hearing care requirements.
We Can Help.
All that being said, the emergence of OTCs makes the need for highly trained and skilled audiologists, like those at (insert practice name), that much more relevant. Audiologists are health care professionals who diagnose, manage, and treat hearing, balance, or other additional ear problems, for their patients. Audiologists determine the severity and type of hearing loss a patient has and develop a plan for treatment. Audiologists counsel patients, manage hearing loss prevention programs, assist patients with the management of tinnitus, and can design educational plans for patients of all ages.
We Offer OTC Consults
We offer consultations for the new OTC hearing devices. If you are wondering if these devices could help you, we recommend you start with a hearing exam to identify candidacy and rule out medical conditions. Call us now to make your appointment.