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Picture being able to toss a pair of hearing aids in your shopping cart alongside a dozen eggs, a carton of milk, and a loaf of bread. It’s true: over-the-counter hearing devices are now available from a variety of national retailers! This is good news for folks who have faced red tape and expensive prices to acquire these necessary devices, but there is some important information to know prior to purchasing your next pair of hearing aids.

Exactly How Much Do Over-the-Counter Hearing Devices Cost?

Compared to the $2,000 – $8,000+ price tag on prescription hearing aids, the non-prescription models can be purchased for as little as $199. Cost is dependent, however, on the model and features selected, and may be much higher.

Who Can Use OTC Hearing Aids?

Tens of millions of people can benefit from these hearing aids, which are meant mainly for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. If you answer “yes” to the following questions, OTC hearing aids may be right for you:

  • Are you able to hear easily in a one-on-one conversation in a quiet environment?
  • Do you only need a hearing aid in certain difficult instances, rather than most or at all times?
  • Are you able to hear the television or phone better by just slightly turning up the volume?

It’s important to note that with over-the-counter hearing aids, consumers are responsible for identifying a proper fit, setting up the device and tuning the sound.

Do I Need to See an Audiologist Prior to Purchasing Hearing Aids Over the Counter?

The straightforward answer is “no,” but it really isn’t quite that simple. There are basic hearing tests that can be taken online or through an app on your phone, and since the aids don’t need a prescription, technically, there’s no requirement to see the audiologist to be able to buy and use them. But an audiologist continues to be an extremely important part of the hearing loss equation. They can conduct a hearing test, identify the degree and type of hearing loss, and recommend the most effective kind of hearing aid to gain the most benefit. Most insurance providers as well as Medicare cover the cost for hearing tests, although prescription hearing aids are generally not covered. An audiologist may also pick up on other ear conditions that require medical attention.

With more than 37 million adults in the US struggling with some degree of hearing loss, and just 25% of them presently using a hearing aid, over-the-counter hearing aids are slated to bring relief to a lot of people, at a price that is more attractive.

If somebody you love is experiencing hearing loss, let Live Free Home Health Care’s experts in senior care in Concord and the surrounding areas help. We are readily available with a complete array of customized in-home support services to help seniors continue to live on their own in the homes they love. Call us today at 603-217-0149 to find out more!