What Are OTC's

What are Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids?

by | Mar 3, 2020 | FAQ's, Hearing Aids

Soon, a new category of treatment will be available to the American people: over the counter hearing aids. In truth, they’ve been around forever, just classified under a different label.

Like all market innovations, there’ll be some benefits for consumers. But why should patients also be wary of picking up seemingly cheap hearing aids from the grocery store?

Hearing Care in the USA

Our country’s hearing care system isn’t a new phenomenon but has developed over many decades.

Modern medical approaches were born out of the Second World War. Doctors found that many troops suffered lifelong hearing conditions, affecting their mental and social well-being.

As the years passed, audiologists developed more sophisticated methods for diagnosing and treating patients. Towards the end of the twentieth century, they started to gain Doctor of Audiology degrees.

The hearing aid technology that’s emerged since those early days has been groundbreaking. These devices no longer just amplify sound, but they also offer completely life-changing experiences.

Buying off the shelf

Despite these developments, many Americans still feel embarrassed about seeking help for their hearing issues. At Audicles, we believe the visibility of over the counter hearing aids in stores may change opinions.

For some people, these inexpensive devices will be useful for their condition. They’ll be able to pick something up from their grocery store and see an improvement, even if it’s minor.

But like most things in life, if something’s cheap, there’s probably a reason. Audiologists are experts in hearing care provision, and without their guidance, this might prove a wasteful purchase.

These devices will offer people a window into what their hearing might feel like in the future. But there won’t be any comparison with the diagnosis and care services offered by industry professionals.

Quality hearing service

At Audicles, our doctors will offer a precise diagnosis for your condition and then provide you with expert guidance on a range of different treatment options.

For some, hearing aids won’t be the right solution. If, for example, you have an ear canal blockage, wax build-up, or an infection, an audiologist will make a referral or solve your issue on the spot.

However, others will have permanent damage to their eardrum or auditory nerves. These people will benefit significantly from hearing aid treatment.

In these cases, audiologists will offer them a full spectrum of different options, from the top-of-the-range models to those that are most affordable.

Proper Fittings

Once a patient is happy with their hearing aid choice, the most important step is fitting the device. If you buy a hearing aid over the counter, you’ll either have to pay extra for this or you’ll miss out altogether.

Modern hearing aids are incredibly sophisticated pieces of technology. They don’t just magnify sounds, but they can also be programmed to work best for each individual wearer.

Audiologists are skilled in this process. Over several sessions, patients will give feedback on how their devices perform in different contexts and environments.

But an audiologist’s service doesn’t end here. The bond of trust between a doctor and their patient lasts a lifetime, with hearing progress tracked and monitored after every visit.

What if I’m concerned?

If you have worries about your hearing, the first thing to do is to book an evaluation with one of our expert audiologists at Audicles.

They’ll provide you with a complete assessment and will offer a clear and honest opinion about whether you’d benefit from some form of treatment.

At Audicles, we have 76 years’ experience helping patients, and we’ll ensure you find the best possible solution whatever your budget.

Are you thinking of buying hearing aids or know someone who is? Why not contact us for a callback and get peace of mind from one of our experts today!

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.