Are Over-The-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids Available at HearingLife? 

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Over-The-Counter hearing aids, or OTC hearing aids, are a new class of hearing devices created by the FDA that can be sold online or in retail stores. They are sold without a hearing assessment or professional oversight to those age 18 and older, and are meant for mild to moderate hearing loss. These OTC devices are not available at HearingLife – we recommend and prescribe professional-grade hearing devices based on your level of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.

HearingLife believes that this is a significant and positive step forward in recognizing the prevalence of hearing loss in the United States. We support the FDA's realization of the need for hearing devices, even in mild to moderate hearing loss, as any hearing loss may have a negative effect on the quality of one's life.

The difference between visiting HearingLife and purchasing Over‑The‑Counter hearing aids

The chart below shows the difference between the services and hearing aids, if recommended, provided by HearingLife versus what you may get over the counter from an OTC hearing aid.


Over‑The‑Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

Concerns about over-the-counter hearing aids

OTC hearing aids do not require a hearing assessment, which serves to address any medical concerns.  Hearing aids sold by licensed professionals, like those at HearingLife, are highly prescriptive and customized so they don’t cause further hearing loss. We want you to hear your best and take into account your lifestyle, preferences, budget and individual hearing assessment results when we select and program your hearing aids.

Providing access to hearing solutions at a lower price point may come with significant trade-offs. Without the customization that is provided by a licensed professional, there is a risk of purchasing a device that may not help you hear to your best potential. Also, if you have questions about your device or need service and support, OTC hearing aids are less likely to come with the necessary assistance. At HearingLife, you're a valued customer for the life of your hearing devices and you will have access to access to advice, cleaning, checkups and more.

The HearingLife Difference

HearingLife proudly provides professionally fit hearing devices for all different budgets and offers flexible payment plans and financing. We support our customers throughout their journey to better hearing – included with your hearing device purchase when eligible for our AfterCare program, you will receive additional benefits and free resources for the life of your device. Plus, with our risk-free trial** and expert care, you can feel confident in your decision to choose HearingLife.

Read the story of a real patient who tried online hearing aids and then came to HearingLife

Book a complimentary consultation with a hearing care expert

You will receive a complimentary hearing assessment*, with same-day results, demonstration of the latest hearing devices and risk-free trial.**

Frequently Asked Questions about OTC Hearing Aids

Visit your local HearingLife location for a complimentary hearing assessment* and hearing aid recommendation (if needed). We will explain your financing options and provide you with a risk-free demonstration of the latest technology. A quick fix is not always the best solution. Schedule an appointment today and begin your journey to better hearing.  

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Book a complimentary consultation with a hearing care expert

Complimentary hearing assessment* – Same-day results – 30-day risk-free hearing aid trial**
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