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. Jane Watson Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Jane Watson Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Watson has served the San Antonio area for over 40 years. In combination with her clinical knowledge and passion, she exemplifies quality hearing healthcare. Dr. Watson completed her doctor of audiology training at the PCO in Pennsylvania and has witnessed first-hand the evolution of hearing technology. She has indeed mastered the art of hearing aid intervention and is an invaluable member of the Audicles team.
What Was Betty's First Experience at Audicles Like ...
“My first sign of hearing loss was gradually realizing that I couldn’t hear and was missing too much. My first impressions of Audicles were that I would recommend them, they had a good reputation and local. I knew that I needed help and found them very easy to work with, very thorough and very likable. Hearing aids have impacted my life a great deal, I was missing too much of what was going on. My advice to anybody considering visiting Audicles would be that they’re an excellent choice and I think they would be very happy with them.”
Betty P.
What Would Brian Rate Audicles Out of 10? ...
“I first realized I had signs of hearing loss in the early 90’s, my biggest fear at the time was having to wear hearing aids and feeling old and deaf. I went to visit Audicles and if I had to rate my first impressions on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give them a 12+. From day one of having my hearing aids, everything changed, when I take them off the world goes to only 50% hearing, so they really have positively impacted my life. I always recommend Audicles so if you are considering visiting, I would highly recommend and refer Audicles and Tracey Board.”
Brian O.
Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming ...
“My first signs of hearing loss started in 3rd grade, I had problems with my teacher, which in turn led to having a hearing test, which found high frequency hearing loss in my left ear. Audicles made me feel very comfortable right from the start and Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming, enough to keep me as a patient for 30+ years. My hearing aids have become a true blessing as I have gotten older, if you are considering visiting Audicles, don’t wait! They truly go above and beyond to help you.”
Donald Kotzer
What Happened at 4 Year Old Hunter's First Appointment ...
“Hunter was just four years old when we found out he had a profound hearing loss in both ears and as his parents we were so worried Hunter would have to live with this disability and would always be considered different. As soon as his hearing aids were turned on, he ran to the window and said “trucks.” He could hear the traffic for the first time. When we got home to his Memi’s house, he could hear the peacocks and he was so excited … it was priceless. The impact hearing aids have had on Hunter’s life is incredible, Hunter says “I am able to live a normal life and communicate easily with my family and friends. I love to hunt and fish, which are two things I can do better when I can hear.” For anybody considering visiting Audicles, we would not consider taking Hunter anywhere else, they are the most caring people you will ever meet. We love Dr. Board and all of the staff, they are extremely helpful and welcoming at all times.”
Hunter Brown
Isaac First Visited Audicles as a Little Kid ...
“My first signs of hearing loss came when I was a little kid, I was really happy when I visited Audicles for my first appointment. Hearing Aids have had a really good impact on my life, I can hear everything! I would definitely encourage anybody considering visiting Audicles to go.”
Isaac Leos
She Always Made Me Feel Like I Belonged ...
“I was only two when signs of hearing loss were detected so I don’t remember my first appointment, but one of my earliest memories was visiting Dr. Jane with my grandpa. She always made me feel like I belonged and always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My first impressions of Audicles were awesome, I remember sitting in the hearing booth thinking I was in a spaceship! The impact hearing aids have had on my life is indescribable, I would not be where I am without the help of Audicles, Dr. Jane went above and beyond to help me. I would say to anybody considering visiting Audicles, what are you waiting for?”
Jaret Gunn
There is Never a Better Time to Do It Than The Present ...
“I noticed the first signs of hearing loss at work, as I work with children in my teaching job, I found it harder and harder to hear them. My family were also giving me a hard time about the TV volume. I was so ready to increase my quality of life and not miss anything so I had no fears about visiting Audicles for my first appointment. I was made to feel right at home! They were professional, kind, patient and explained everything. Hearing aids have impacted my life in a big way, I can hear my grandchildren. I have been able to use mics and the technology offered for a variety of purposes was all for the good. If you are considering visiting Audicles, just do it! There is never a better time than the present. What do you have to lose?”
Kim M.
My First Signs of Hearing Loss Were ...
“I was really pleased with my first visit to Audicles, first impressions were very good, everyone is very nice and helpful. Wearing hearing aids has positively impacted my life as I can hear things now that I did not realize I was missing. If you are considering visiting Audicles I would say to go, you can’t find a better service.”
Loretta Anton