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How to Research OTC Hearing Aids

Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing aids are now approved by the FDA.  Before purchasing, do your homework!  Not all OTC hearing aids are created equally.  Decided what features are most important to you and then read, read, read the reviews from others who have tried those devices. 

Some hearing aids are more cosmetically transparent than others. Some hearing aids are easier for someone with limited dexterity to handle. Some are rechargeable while others need to have batteries changed weekly. Some hearing aids perform better in noisy settings than others. What features are most important to you? 

Before ordering a product, is it from a world-wide hearing aid manufacturer that offers programming software to local providers? If you bring your OTC hearing aid in to me for an adjustment and I do not have access to the software, I cannot help you! 

What kind of trial and return period do you get with the product you chose? Will there be a restocking fee? What kind of customer support does the company offer? You will likely have questions that you will want answered once you receive the hearing devices. 

Once you have researched and priced the product you are interested in, call locally to see if any providers in your area offer OTC or budget hearing aids. We have hearing aids that are priced from around $400 and up. And we fit those hearing aids live, in person, and teach you how to use them! Often times, previous generation hearing aids are offered at lower costs.  

DO YOUR RESEARCH and make sure you have a proper hearing exam before ordering OTC hearing devices.  We are hopeful you will have a successful journey and are here to help in any way we can! 

For more information see these links: 

https://www.gardneraudiology.com/research-otc-hearing-aid-options-episode-2/ 

https://www.gardneraudiology.com/avoid-otc-hearing-aid-mistakes-episode-3/ 

Visit www.gardneraudiology.com 

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Jodi Conter, Au.D., Audiologist

Jodi Conter, Au.D., Audiologist

Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University
Jodi Conter, Au.D., Audiologist

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