OTC Hearing Aids

Pharmacist with a patient buying over the counter hearing aids

Hearing Aids

The FDA finalized regulations for a new service delivery model and class of hearing aids. These are known as over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. OTC hearing aids are self-fit devices intended for adult patients with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss.

OTC hearing aids are different from prescriptive hearing aids. Prescriptive aids are custom fit and are programmed to your unique hearing loss and needs by a licensed professional. OTC hearing aids are designed for individuals with mild loss who prefer a do-it-yourself method.

To find out if you are a good candidate for OTC hearings, the first step is to have your hearing tested by an audiologist.

There are a lot of options for self-fit hearing aids and for some individuals, this can be confusing and overwhelming. At HES, we can help you navigate the options and find the best solution for your hearing needs.

Want to know if an over-the-counter hearing aid is right for you? Schedule an appointment for a hearing test, and let our specialists help you make an informed choice.

OTC Vs. Prescription Hearing Aids

OTC Hearing Aids:

Prescription hearing aids are fit by a licensed professional who will:

Please note: OTC hearing aids are not eligible for insurance benefits. Prescriptive hearing aids allow you to use your insurance benefit.

OTC Candidacy

OTC hearing aids are a stepping stone for adults (over the age of 18) with mild to moderate hearing difficulty who prefer a more self-directed process for their hearing help. They can research their options and address their difficulty independently, which was not possible before the introduction of OTC hearing aids.

OTC hearing aids are not meant for children or for adults who have more than mild to moderate hearing difficulty, hearing loss in just one ear, experienced a sudden change in hearing, or any other medical concerns about their hearing.

Woman finding over the counter hearing aids for her hearing loss

Key Takeaways for OTC Hearing Devices