The difference between OTC and prescription hearing aids

The difference between OTC and prescription hearing aids
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 9:02 AM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -The Food and Drug Administration approved a long-awaited rule on Aug. 16 that will give millions of Americans a more affordable and convenient solution to hearing loss: over-the-counter hearing aids.

The devices — designed for those with mild to moderate hearing deficits only— will be sold at stores and online without a medical exam, prescription or special fitting by an audiologist.

These approved hearing aids could be available by mid-October.

Taylor Parker, Concept By Iowa Hearing, explains that what has actually happened is a definition change. The devices are basically small earbud amplifiers and have been on-the-market for months but could not previously be marketed as “hearing aids”.

Parker emphasizes that what does not change is the price, availability, or process to get prescription hearing aids which address a patient’s specific hearing loss.

There is a standard of care that comes with these high-quality devices. This includes a complete hearing screening and exam, special fittings, adjustments, and expert assistance throughout the journey for hearing correction. OTC devices do not; users are on their own.

Concept By Iowa always offers free screenings to assess an individual’s current hearing status.

Concept by Iowa Hearing Aid Centers have two locations within the region at 4009 E. 53rd Street, Davenport, and 1663 Lincoln Way, Clinton.

For more information, call 563-355-7155 (Davenport) or 563-219-8329 (Clinton).