Hello, I’m Dr. Eli Hernandez from Audicles Hearing Services, and I’m here to talk to you about a recent change in the hearing aid world.

Recently, President Biden signed an executive order allowing people to purchase over-the-counter hearing aids online or in-store. While this may be the right step in normalizing and mainstreaming hearing loss, our concern is that people will make ill-informed decisions for their hearing health.

That is, purchasing or being fit with hearing aids without the care and supervision of an audiologist. Without this care, hearing aid users’ success and outcomes are at risk; the reason is that a self-fitted hearing aid may not correctly prescribe the right amount of gain or amplification.

This means it can be over-amplified, allowing for more hearing loss to develop, or it can be under-amplified, and the person doesn’t benefit from the hearing aid.

In other cases, some people need in-person instruction on using the hearing aids, getting them in and out of their ear, or charging them and changing the battery out.

When that lack of service is there, a patient can be feeling left confused. In addition, they may be feeling left disappointed in hearing aid care. Overall, this steers the public away from addressing their hearing loss and using hearing aids.

So, to avoid these consequences and drawbacks behind the over-the-counter hearing aids, we need your help.

In your daily conversations with your friends and family, advocate for your audiologist and let them know the benefit of seeing an audiologist and receiving in-person services.

Educate them on the drawbacks and disadvantages of self-fitting hearing aids and let them know the consequences of those actions.

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.

This is where our low-priced “Essential” package comes in. 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.

If you think you or a loved one would be the perfect candidate for our “Essential” package, please fill out the form on this page to schedule a friendly consultation.

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

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Dr. Eli Hernandez Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Hernandez started his journey with Audicles in 2017, and joined the team after completing his clinical residency. He has worked in various clinical settings and received extensive training with patients of all ages. Dr. Hernandez received his doctorate of audiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and his clinical specialities include earwax management, hearing rehabilitation, and ear-to-brain health.