OTC Hearing Aids: 3 Highly Rated Options

by | Apr 3, 2024 | News

According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 40 million Americans deal with mild to moderate hearing loss. Many hesitate to seek help for fear that they will not be able to afford the cost of medical evaluation and corrective medical devices. Fortunately, recent advances in over-the-counter hearing aids could provide effective and economical relief.

OTC Solutions for Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can have a profound effect on the mental and emotional life of those who suffer from it. To help more people get the assistance they need, in August 2022 the FDA established a new rule to approve OTC hearing aids for those dealing with mild to moderate hearing loss.

OTC hearing aids are available online and in several stores without a prescription or consultation with a specialist. These devices are changing the lives of users across the country; however, they do have certain limitations:

  • OTC hearing aids are not designed to be used by children under the age of 18.
  • These devices are not intended as a solution for severe hearing loss.
  • Although they are a more economical option, they are still a considerable expenditure.

For children and others who cannot use OTC hearing aids,  a non-profit organization such as HEAR Center may be able to help with low-cost or free screenings and evaluations. Those concerned about price should know that most companies offer financing and some insurance coverage may be available. Additionally, FSA and HSA funds can be used on OTC hearing aids.

3 Great Options for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Many reputable companies are manufacturing OTC hearing aids currently. Based on online reviews, here are some highly rated options for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

1. Jabra Enhance

Jabra Enhance hearing aids are available on the Jabra company website and Best Buy. They have several models available at prices from $799 up to $1,195. Some models come with an impressive three-year extended warranty, and purchasing the premium support package gets you three years of free telehealth support from the company’s audiology team.  There are financing options and payment plans available.

2. Audicus

Audicus currently offers five different OTC hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. The Audicus Mini is a completely-in-canal option while the other models are all reciever-in-ear. With prices ranging from $1,398 to $2,998, Audicus models are in the upper range for price, but the company also offers multiple financing options. Additionally, Audicus has a generous 45-day return policy and a two-year warranty.

3. MDHearing

MDHearing offers some of the most budget-friendly OTC hearing aids available. The list price is $999 to $1,999, but this company places its products on sale frequently with prices that drop into the $299-$699 range. MDHearing has one in-the-canal model and three behind-the-ear hearing aids. These come with a 45-day trial and a money-back guarantee. Customers have access to lifetime support from a team of audiologists and hearing specialists.

Help for Hearing Loss at HEAR Center

HEAR Center was founded in 1954 by Dr. Ciwa Griffiths, who did groundbreaking work in the assessment and treatment of hearing loss in infants and children. This non-profit organization is dedicated to providing affordable hearing and speech services to all who need it through community outreach, innovation and collaboration. Schedule a consultation with HEAR Center today.

HEAR Center offers audiological evaluations, hearing aids, speech and language services, and more to California residents.

Call or text: (626) 734-6555

Email us at: appointments@hearcenter.org

Chat us: https://direct.lc.chat/13342371/

Also, for more information about Audiology, please visit our webpage: https://www.hearcenter.org/services/audiology/






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