The implementation of Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing aids has raised many questions from the consumer. One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how will the hearing aids be adjusted properly without a proper hearing test? The short answer is, without a proper test the hearing aids will likely NOT be adjusted properly.
On-line hearing tests have routinely been very inaccurate. There are too many uncontrollable variables. If the testing is not accurate, the hearing aids will not be set properly, and the consumer will be very dissatisfied. I expect returns for credit to be high.
If you start the process with a proper evaluation that you can provide to the site you are purchasing the OTC hearing devices from, you are more likely to see positive outcomes. See a doctor of audiology to have your ears checked for any blockage, such as wax, and then a full evaluation. Most insurances, including Medicare, will cover diagnostic hearing evaluations if you are referred by your primary care physician. The results of the test will indicate if your hearing loss might be medically treatable. Most people will not have treatable loss and will then move on to the hearing aid process. You can obtain those test results to send in the OTC site for proper setting of the devices before they send them to you. You may need further adjustments, but you will have a better starting point.
We are hopeful if you choose to pursue OTC hearing aids you will have a positive journey. We are here to help you in any way we can, and providing a proper evaluation is the first step to a happy ending!