Hearing Loss Calls for Professional Care
Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids will soon become a new category of FDA-approved devices in the market. Identifying levels of hearing loss and tailoring appropriate solutions, however, can be complex, making it important to seek the help of a licensed audiologist.
Pros & Cons of OTC Hearing Aids
|May spur more people to get hearing care||Will be available only for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss|
|Might help with mild to moderate hearing loss||May prove more of a trial-and-error process and might not always yield a successful fit|
|Could further expand access to needed hearing help||Might not align with one’s actual degree of hearing loss, which could be greater than perceived|
Why choose provider-fit hearing aids instead?
- Devices fit by your licensed audiologist can address the full span of hearing loss, from mild to profound. They are already FDA-approved, are recommended to treat hearing loss, and can adjust to environmental variables, such as background noise. Plus, they help your brain process sound.
- Provider-fit technology is matched to your specific hearing loss. Without the help of a trained professional, your level of hearing loss can be tough to pinpoint. Self-treating can lead to
under-treatment or overtreatment — either of which could impact your hearing difficulties.
- Self-treating with OTC’s may mean missing key steps, such as a professional physical exam of your ears. Hearing issues can stem from severe earwax buildup, medication, a tumor, or other causes that an exam may uncover. In many cases, simply buying an OTC may not solve the problem.
Protect your hearing wellness. Count on Primary Audiology, where our experienced audiologist can personalize a comprehensive solution for your better-hearing needs!