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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions about OTC Hearing Aids
The FDA created a new category of hearing aids that can be sold directly to the consumer, over the age of 18, who has a mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
The goal was to provide access to hearing aids at a lower cost. HearingLife believes affordability is important, so we provide a wide range of hearing devices for all different budgets, along with flexible payment options.
Our hearing care professionals work with the top hearing aid manufacturers and advanced technology, to help consumers reach their full hearing potential. We believe that hearing care extends beyond the hearing device. In order to reach full hearing potential, professional hearing care can improve the results.
There are two main reasons that over-the-counter hearing aids cost less than prescription hearing aids: typically, they use less sophisticated technology and they come without professional fitting, customization and support. Most hearing aid wearers need multiple appointments to fine-tune their devices, set up Bluetooth® streaming and have questions answered – that is usually not available when you purchase over the counter. The ongoing care and professional support of a licensed hearing expert is not available when you purchase over the counter.
When you see a HearingLife provider, you are given a full complimentary hearing assessment* by a licensed professional and your results are explained so you can understand what your hearing loss is and how it is affecting your life. Then your hearing healthcare provider will discuss your lifestyle and any challenges, and make a personalized recommendation about what hearing device is best for you. And the care doesn’t stop there! We check in with you regularly to make adjustments, answer questions and keep you hearing at your best potential.
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.