Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a rule allowing any person over the age of eighteen to buy a hearing aid(s) from various places such as retail stores, online stores, and by mail without a prescription. Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids are designed for people who think they have mild to moderate hearing loss and will be programmed by the consumer themselves. Consumers may choose to consult with a hearing healthcare professional prior to the purchase of an OTC hearing aid but it is not required. If there is possibility that a health condition could be causing hearing loss, do consider discussing with a primary healthcare provider.
Below are some resources that may help in making an informed decision regarding OTC hearing aids:
- OTC Tip Sheet (HLAA)
- OTC Hearing Aid Shopping Checklist (HLAA)
- Contact a Hard of Hearing Services Specialist at your local DSDHH Regional Center for more guidance and education