Comparing OTC and prescription hearing aid devices
DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -The Food and Drug Administration approved a long-awaited rule on Aug. 16 that provided 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— can be purchased without a medical exam, prescription or special fitting by an audiologist.
Taylor Parker, Concept By Iowa Hearing, explains that these devices are basically small earbud amplifiers and have been on-the-market for a while 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 4007 East 53rd Street, Suite 300, Davenport, and 1663 Lincoln Way, Clinton.
For more information, call 877-958-7987 (Davenport) or 563-219-8329 (Clinton).
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