OTC Hearing Devices

Legislation has been passed to authorize the FDA to create a new classification of entry-level hearing devices by 2020. These hearing devices would be designed for individuals with “perceived mild to moderate hearing loss” and would be purchased over the counter.  This legislation is in line with recommendations from both President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine recommendations. The Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act (H.R. 1652) plans to make starter hearing aids more accessible to Americans with hearing loss.

How do you know if this is the right thing for you?

The first step when pursuing hearing care is ALWAYS a comprehensive hearing evaluation by a licensed audiologist.  At the UNC Hearing & Communication Center, our board certified audiologists can help diagnose your exact degree and type of hearing loss. Most health insurance plans cover this testing.  We also already offer an array of affordable hearing solutions for every budget. While OTC hearing devices may seem appealing at first, most individuals with hearing loss require the professional services and expertise of an audiologist to make sure they get the most out of their investment. Don’t let cost deter your from hearing better and being connected to friends and loved ones. Make an appointment today to learn more and begin your hearing journey!

What if I already own OTC hearing devices?

Already own devices from another provider or from the store? We’d be happy to help! Often devices can be optimized and improved using our best practice fitting and programming methods. Make an appointment with one our audiologists to see if you current devices are providing you your best hearing. (visit Improve My Current Aids for more information)