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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Learn more about this newer type of hearing aid.

What to Expect When Buying Hearing Aids Over-the-Counter

The FDA's approval of in-store and online sales of "Over-the-Counter" (OTC) devices has increased the level of accessibility and convenience to those experiencing mild hearing loss. While these devices are easy to get, it is important to point out the differences and limitations compared to traditional hearing aids.


Your hearing solution should match your hearing need and level of hearing loss.

Hearing loss varies from person to person. Mild hearing loss could include the loss of hearing soft sounds like the hum of a refrigerator. Moderate to severe hearingloss include a larger range of frequencies, like high-pitched sounds of children's voices or birds chirping. This condition can progress with age. In order to choose the solution that provides you with the best possible hearing outcome, it is key to understand the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing. Over-the-counter hearing aids may be appropriate for mild loss but ineffective for people with moderate hearing loss or loss that progresses over time.

You are unique, so are your hearing needs.

To understand your type and degree of hearing loss, you may consider a hearing evaluation. AudioNova provides free exams with no obligation to purchase. Our hearing experts will help you gain a full understanding of the options suiting your needs, while empowering you to take control of your hearing. Depending on the results of the exam, OTC devices may be adequate or a more holistic solution could be needed.

We support your hearing into the future

While buying hearing aids over the counter might come with a sense of convenience and a solution to an immediate need, prescription hearing aids go further. With a professional fit and customized programming, you’re guaranteed an improved hearing experience tailored to you with ongoing support and education from our hearing experts.

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Why get a prescription?

If you’re trying to decide between an OTC hearing aid or a prescription device, consider the benefits a prescribed hearing solution.

Treats Various Levels of Loss

Custom Fit & Programming

Professional Maintenance

Knowledgeable Guidance

Long-Term Solutions

Discover Your Options

A complimentary hearing exam at AudioNova is the first step in your hearing health care journey. Our hearing experts will educates you about the specific type of hearing loss you face and which solution will enable the best hearing experience. You can consult your hearing expert about prescription and over-the-counter hearing aids and receive knowledgeable recommendations.

Know before you buy

  • OTC products have limited capabilities
  • No support for maintenance or repairs
  • One-size-fits-all sizing may not provide comfort
  • Your insurance won't cover them
  • Fewer style options are available

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