Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids - The complete guide

OTC hearing aids: Are they right for you? 

Best suited for healthy adults with mild to moderate hearing loss, over-the-counter hearing aids are an alternative to traditional prescription options. Wondering if you’re the ideal candidate? A hearing evaluation with one of our Hearing Care Professionals is the perfect place to start.

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Over-the-counter hearing aids

What are OTC hearing aids?

Over-the-counter hearing aids have become a viable option for many living with a mild to moderate level of hearing loss. OTC hearing aids require no visit to a Hearing Care Professional and can be directly purchased and self-fit by the you. While they generally cost less, OTC hearings aids are a one-size-fits-most option and are not custom fit to your specific ears.
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Where can I get OTC hearing aids?

OTC hearing aids can be purchased online or in store without any prior hearing evaluation or test. They’re available at major retail stores and some hearing care centers.

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As easy as buying reading glasses

A little boost to your ears

Think of it like the non-prescription reading glasses you can buy at your local drug store.

If you have a mild hearing loss and are looking for a little amplification boost, OTC hearing aids can often be helpful. Just remember that they’re not customized specifically for your hearing loss.

Sony's cre-c10 and e10 over-the-counter self-fitting hearing aids.  FDA-registred medical device for your safety.
Over-the-counter vs. prescription hearing aids

What's the difference?

When it comes to a hearing device that is specifically suited to your hearing loss level and lifestyle, nothing will beat prescription hearing aids. Together with a Hearing Care Professional, prescription hearing aids can be adapted, adjusted and maintained according to your individual needs. Over-the-counter hearing aids, on the other hand, are purchased and set up without the assistance of an expert. They are also limited in design and can’t address more severe cases of hearing loss.
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Finding your fit

From behind-the-ear and in-the-canal options to everything in between, when it comes to your hearing health, finding your perfect fit can make all the difference.
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Choosing OTC

Are OTC hearing aids suitable for me? 

The lower cost and quick purchase options of OTC hearing aids can make them quite appealing, especially for those who have been hesitant to invest in hearing aids in the past. And for some, OTC hearing aids can be a great quick fix for mild hearing issues.

If these characteristics describe you, OTC may be a fitting option:
  • Over the age of 18 
  • No underlying medical conditions
  • Mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Semi-tech savvy to tech savvy
  • No history of chronic ear infections
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Still not sure wheter OTC hearing aids are for you?

Nevertheless, a proper hearing evaluation with one of our Hearing Care Professionals will always be the best way to understand your specific hearing needs. It can also help to prevent more serious, underlying issues from going unnoticed and ensure your cognitive and mental well-being aren’t affected by untreated hearing loss.
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Over-the-counter hearing aids: FAQ

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