As you may have heard, the FDA recently authorized the sale and use of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids nationwide, which means anyone who wishes to purchase hearing aids without a prescription may do so. Sales are expected to begin as soon as October 2022.
Who Are Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids For?
These hearing aids may be useful for adults with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss who only need sound amplification. According to one study, almost 86% of Americans 50 and older with hearing loss do not wear hearing aids.
The National Institutes of Health still recommends prescription hearing aids for people who do not hear louder sounds or struggle to hear conversations in quiet settings.
How An Audiologist Can Help
Every patient’s needs are different, and we can establish a treatment plan best suited for your hearing loss and lifestyle. Our audiologist will also determine if your hearing loss is caused by a more serious medical condition and connect you with the appropriate care.
Additionally, our providers offer ongoing support as you navigate hearing loss treatment. Your hearing loss may change with time and require adjustments to any hearing aids we provide. Our team can do that for you.
You Are Not Alone
We can answer any further questions you might have about OTC and prescription hearing aids, in addition to other devices, accessories and products that can help you live a better life.
Call Arizona Hearing Specialists at (520) 399-7652 for more information or to schedule an appointment.