A ‘Hearing-Health-First’ Alternative To Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids In San Antonio

As consumers, we love convenience and easy access, which is why when the Federal Government passed an act in 2017 that allowed manufacturers to sell hearing aids over-the-counter, it appeared to be a step in the right direction.

However, just because something is convenient and accessible, doesn’t make it altogether right, which is why, as Doctors of Audiology, we feel is our duty to inform you about the possible downsides of buying hearing aids over-the-counter.

“Amazing experience, life-changing. Everyone was professional and welcoming while keeping all safe. All my questions were answered and everything that was being done was explained so there was no apprehension. This place changes lives for the better.”

Diane Shehane.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Five Reasons We Don’t Recommend Over-The-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids For The People Of San Antonio

1. They Don’t Come With A Hearing Assessment

By far the biggest problem with OTC hearing aids is that the most important step to treating hearing loss – the hearing assessment – is skipped.

Without a hearing assessment, it’s almost impossible to know what the full diagnosis of the hearing loss is, and therefore you’re vulnerable to buying hearing aids that aren’t specific and therefore ineffective for your unique hearing circumstances.

2. A Trained Professional Doesn’t Physically Examine Your Ears

As Audiologists, we’re completely baffled by this, as there’s no way you can know the full extent of your hearing loss (and therefore the correct devices you need for your unique diagnosis) without a trained professional examining the very thing you’re investing in the device for.

Simply purchasing a device without first having your ears checked could potentially be a waste of money and time.

3. It’s Down To You To Fit The Hearing Aids Yourself

Did you know that Audiologists train for 8 years to ensure they know exactly how to fit hearing aids correctly? Without that training, how can you be expected to know whether you’ve fit them correctly – it’s not a fair game!

It’s so important to have a professional fit your devices to ensure they’re working exactly how you need them to. At Audicles Hearing Services, we have a 12-step fitting process that ensures total accuracy.

4. You Buy, Then It’s Bye-Bye

Once you have purchased your OTC devices, that’s it, you’re on your own.

This means that if you have any problems, you lose a device, or you’re not getting the performance that you require, there is little to no support for you, which includes warranties.

5. You’re Not Covered For Loss Or Damage

As hearing aids are tiny in comparison to say, your smart phone, it makes them very easy to lose or damage, and this something we hear about day in, day out with our patients, which is why we will always cover you for such loss or damage.

However, with OTC devices, you receive no loss or damage warranty, which means that if you lose them, you need to buy them again.

Introducing Our Low-Priced Comprehensive Hearing Care Solution, Audicles Hearing Services’ “Essential” Package

When it comes to maintaining your hearing health, there should be no cut-corners, and yet of course we understand that price has a big part to play in your decision making.

That’s why we want to reassure you that with us, great hearing aids and great hearing care are totally accessible.

It’s called the “Essential” Package and it delivers you great technology that is professionally tailored to your exact hearing loss with a professional hearing assessment, fitting, and ongoing support by the most trusted hearing care experts in San Antonio.

It’s your way to access better hearing for a great price while ensuring that you’re getting the best possible performance – tailored to you.

At just $2500 – this delivers you the complete package for only slightly less than you would be expected to pay for over-the-counter devices –but, with all the benefits.

The “Essential” Package includes:

  •  An entry-level hearing device from a top manufacturer – with crystal-clear sound quality, a sleek design, and Bluetooth connectivity.
  •  A professional hearing assessment by a Doctor of Audiology
  • 12-Step fitting process – this ensures you get the absolute best in terms of comfort and efficiency.
  • 2-year repair, loss, or damage warranty – you will be covered for any damage, repairs, or loss within your first 24 months, giving you complete peace of mind.
  • 30-day trial period on your hearing devices – return anytime
  • A $500 contribution toward upgraded hearing technology within your first 12 months – if you decide that you would like to step into upgraded technology or get a better performance within your first 12 months, then you can benefit from a $500 contribution.
  • 2-years of annual hearing assessment, adjustments and cleanings

Would You Like To Schedule An Appointment To Explore The “Essential” Package?

To discover whether the “Essential” package is right for you, the first step is to schedule a professional hearing assessment to understand your hearing challenges. Simply complete the form on this page and we’ll contact you shortly to schedule a date/time for your visit.

Alternatively, if you have any questions, you can request a callback from one of our hearing professionals or call us at: 210-820-0525.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Hearing Resources, News and Support

With so many myths and misconceptions in the hearing care industry – our team
of professionals answer some of the biggest questions and share what you need
to know to maximize your hearing health.

Hearing Health Awareness Month - What We Learned

Hearing Health Awareness Month: What We Learned

In previous years, during Hearing Health Awareness Month, we dedicated ourselves to educating the community...
Since 1944, we’ve continued to fulfill Mr. Arthur Small’s initial mission: providing patient-centered care of the utmost excellence for individuals with hearing loss in Central and South Texas.

80 Years of Audicles

This month, we’re celebrating 80 years of Audicles!   Our company was founded in 1944 by...
Challenges to do with hearing loss often become more prevalent after 70 years old, but with so many loud noises in our environments these days, a lot of people find that they’re struggling with their hearing even earlier.

Should I Get My Hearing Tested in My 60s?

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re in your 60s and wondering about getting...