OTC vs. Prescription Hearing Aids

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Which are better? Here’s a look at the facts.

Hearing aids are one of the most commonly used medical devices; plenty of people deal with a hearing issue of some kind, such as mild hearing loss, tinnitus, or earwax buildup. Some kinds of hearing loss need medical treatment to cure, while hearing aids are the solution for other cases. In 2024, we are dealing with this conundrum: OTC vs. prescription hearing aids. Instead of saying that one is better than the other, let’s look at what each has to offer.

OTC Hearing Aids

Over-the-counter hearing aids are hearing aids available online or in a store like Walgreens, Walmart, or Best Buy. You do not need a prescription from a hearing health professional to purchase one, but you are not likely to get any insurance coverage for them. The upside is that they are significantly cheaper than prescription hearing aids. 

However, they only serve customers with mild to moderate hearing loss and are a one-size-fits-all option. They have limited customization for the hearing and fitting needs of the individual. You can expect most of the hearing features found with prescription hearing aids, like water resistance, Bluetooth connectivity, and rechargeable batteries, in OTC hearing aids as well.

Prescription Hearing Aids

Prescription hearing aids are prescribed by and accessed through an audiologist, a hearing health specialist. These hearing aids are more expensive, but it is possible for them to get insurance coverage. They have more opportunities for more features, like language translation, and come with access to audiologists, who are there to help you fit, fix, clean, and update your hearing aids. You should also feel free to ask them any questions about your hearing aids

With prescription hearing aids, you get help for severe or profound hearing loss as well as mild or moderate hearing loss. You can have a personalized, professional hearing aid evaluation, multiple fittings, and access to professional care going forward.

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Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.

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