over the counter hearing aids
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As of October 17th, 2022, the hearing aid industry has experienced a revolution. For the first time ever, consumers can purchase over-the-counter hearing aids without needing to visit an audiologist. As the accessibility of hearing aids nationwide increases, more and more are taking the reins of their own hearing healthcare. Let’s look at what OTC hearing aids are and how they can benefit you.

What Are Over The Counter Hearing Aids?
OTC hearing aids are small digital devices that amplify sound for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. They range in size from small and discreet devices to larger, more noticeable models. However, all OTC hearing aids come with many features like Bluetooth connectivity, directional microphones, and noise reduction technology to reduce background noise when listening in loud environments.

Are OTC Hearing Aids for Me?

The best way to determine if an OTC hearing aid is right for you is to get your ears tested by a professional audiologist or otolaryngologist! At Elite Hearing Centers of America, we offer these test absolutely free. We also carry both prescription and OTC options, so we’ll make sure you’re getting the proper hearing aid for your hearing loss and lifestyle. In some cases, people may need more powerful or specialized devices than what can be found in OTC options.  But for those with mild to moderate hearing loss, these devices should provide enough performance without having to visit an audiologist each time a new device is needed.

Are OTC Hearing Aids FDA Approved?

Yes! Over the counter (OTC) hearing aids are required by law to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA ensures that these products meet certain standards for safety and efficacy before they can be sold on the market. This means that consumers can feel confident knowing that their product meets strict safety guidelines set forth by the government, ensuring quality and reliability with every purchase.

Benefits of Over the Counter Hearing Aids
OTC hearing aids give the hearing-impaired a new lease on life. Not only does it improve hearing, but there are other distinctive benefits for those wanting to regain their hearing without visiting a hearing health professional. However, it’s worth noting, OTC hearing aids are not as affordable as initally thought. These hearing aids can still cost anywhere from $1,000-$3,000 a pair! Considering Elite Hearing Centers offers prescription hearing aids for as little as $790 a pair, most people would have a better experience getting a hearing aid customized for their hearing loss while saving money. This is why it’s important to get your hearing tested and find out the hearing aid options that would work for your hearing loss, the cost of each option, and the pros and cons they will provide relative to your personalized situation.

How Can Elite Hearing Centers of America Help Me Get OTC Hearing Aids? 

Elite Hearing Centers of America offers Sony CRE-C10 Self-Fitting OTC Hearing Aids--invisible, discreet OTC hearing aid pairs designed for people with mild to moderate levels of hearing loss who prefer not to visit an audiologist or go through a fitting process each time they need a new device. This powerful yet discreet device gives customers a great idea as to how much benefit a hearing aid can provide, all while being small enough to fit inside your ear canal comfortably and discreetly! Contact us today at 855-678-3234 to get started!

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