Why Having an Audiologist Check your Hearing vs OTC Hearing Aids

Before you go straight to the counter and grab yourself a pair of OTC hearing aids, learn why having an Audiologist check your hearing first matters.

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Why Having an Audiologist Check your Hearing vs OTC Hearing Aids

In the world of quick purchases and online markets, people easily shop for everything, even without a prescription. From eyeglasses to hearing aids, you can now purchase over-the-counter products. Sounds convenient? Yes and No.

If the capability to purchase hearing aids without seeing an audiologist seems good, there are certainly some downsides.

Why OTC may be good

Generic hearing aids will provide you the power over your own hearing health. You won’t have to visit an audiologist and be presented for a hearing exam to buy hearing aids. Prices should be substantially lower; you won’t have to be concerned about insurance reimbursements—an impediment for many currently, as few health plans cover the expenses of hearing aids and other hearing health care.

Over-the counter hearing aids are basic hearing devices that are not prescribed for the user's specific hearing loss, but broadly amplify all sounds.

The Downside

OTC hearing aids will be marketed with factory presets, but a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t function efficiently on all hearing concerns. Hearing loss differs extensively from person to person; this is why the fitting process, which applies to your audiologist fine-tuning your hearing aids so they will satisfy the specific needs of your hearing impairment, is such an important step.

These hearing aids are created primarily for patients with mild hearing loss. A good analogy is purchasing reading glasses- these are perfectly acceptable if you only have a problem reading small print. However, if you have a more severe vision impairment, you’ll have to visit an optometrist for prescription lenses.

Without a thorough hearing examination from a professional audiologist in a good hearing health clinic, you won’t know the extent of your hearing loss. You may waste money on hearing aids that aren’t adequate for your necessities. You might also be neglecting a potentially severe medical condition causing your hearing loss, which could lead to serious side effects if left untreated.

We cannot stress enough how crucial it is for you to have your hearing checked before purchasing any hearing aid. The fitting is also an integral part of your hearing aid, comfortability is crucial especially if you use your hearing aid on a daily basis. And just like any medicine, it is best to consult a professional before buying one.

Get better hearing by scheduling an audiology test.

Although generic hearing aids will no doubt offer usefulness to some patients, you must schedule an appointment with a The Listening Lab audiologist before making a purchase. You can reach any branch near you for a hearing test. We provide different services to cater your needs and efficiently help you with your hearing concerns.

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