OTC hearing aids have made it possible for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss to access affordable solutions to improve their hearing. In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Nano OTC hearing aids and the benefits they provide.
What are OTC Hearing Aids?
OTC hearing aids are also known as Over-the-Counter hearing aids. These devices are designed to amplify sounds for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. One of the biggest advantages of OTC hearing aids is they don’t require a prescription. This means individuals who are 18 years old or older can purchase them without a visit to the doctor.
Who Can Wear OTC Hearing Aids?
OTC hearing aids are designed for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. They are not for individuals with severe hearing loss. Someone with mild to moderate hearing loss might experience one or all of the below:
- Trouble hearing conversations in noisy places
- Finding it difficult to follow conversations and hear people in group settings
- Difficulty hearing someone on the phone
- Feeling tired from listening
- Needing to turn up the volume on the TV or radio, even if others say that it’s loud
If you’re concerned your hearing loss might actually be severe, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Symptoms of severe hearing loss can include difficulty hearing loud noises and conversations (even in quiet environments), and you might rely on reading lips as a result of your hearing loss.
Nano OTC Hearing Aid Options
Nano provides four affordable OTC hearing aid options:
Nano CIC Recharge OTC Hearing Aids
Priced Under $300
Nano CIC Digital Recharge OTC Hearing Aids
Digital Noise Reduction
Nano X2 Recharge OTC Hearing Aids
Dual Microphones, Higher Amplification
Nano Sigma Plus Bluetooth OTC Hearing Aids
Mobile App Control, Four Program Settings
Benefits of Nano OTC Hearing Aids: What Sets Them Apart
Nano OTC hearing aids start at just $297. This makes them far more affordable than traditional prescription hearing aids which can cost thousands of dollars. For those with mild to moderate hearing loss, Nano OTC hearing aids reduce financial barriers to purchasing hearing aids and make it possible for hearing to improve without costly doctor visits and prescriptions.
Nano OTC hearing aids are FDA Registered, Class I. This means they are real hearing aids, unlike PSAP devices or amplifiers. As a Class I medical device, it also means Nano OTC hearing aids are considered to have the least amount of risk and be generally safe for use compared to other hearing aid devices with a higher classification. Potential risks associated with other classifications could include an over-amplification of sound and a ringing in the ears (known as tinnitus).
Background Noise Reduction
Nano technology makes it possible to hear speech more accurately with reduced background noise.
With Nano OTC hearing aids, you don’t need to worry about bulky hearing aids that are very visible to others. Instead, these OTC hearing aids are nearly invisible. Their sleek design makes it possible for them to be worn discreetly.
Customizable Ear Tips
Nano OTC hearing aids come with three different dome sizes, providing maximum levels of comfort that are specific to your ear.
Easy to Use
The Nano OTC hearing aids are intuitive for every user and easy to use. All it takes to adjust the volume is the press of a button.
How To Use Them & Common Misconceptions About Use
When your OTC hearing aids arrive, you’ll turn them on with the push of a button, place them in your ears, and adjust the volume as needed.
However, it’s important to note there is a slight period of time to adjust to wearing the OTC hearing aids and hearing with them. Specifically, it could take several days for your ears and brain to adjust. It’s normal for things to feel somewhat strange at first - this will subside and you will eventually become used to using the OTC hearing aids.
Additionally, when you place the OTC hearing aids into your ears, it’s important to ensure you are wearing them correctly. With the Nano CIC Digital Recharge OTC Hearing Aids and the Nano CIC Recharge OTC Hearing Aids, the ear domes should be placed far enough into the ear canal so that the hearing aid is flush with the outside of your ear.
With the Nano X2 Recharge OTC Hearing Aids and Nano Sigma Plus Bluetooth OTC Hearing Aids, the ear domes should be placed fully into the ear canal, with the device placed behind the ear.
You can still comfortably wear your OTC hearing aids even if you have glasses or wear a mask.
Charging Your Nano OTC Hearing Aids
There are no batteries needed with Nano OTC hearing aids, making them convenient and easy to use. Each pair of OTC hearing aids come with a portable charging base. To charge them, simply place each hearing aid on the charging dock at the end of each day and allow them to charge overnight. Depending on which specific pair of OTC hearing aids you select, you’ll get anywhere between 23 hours to 60 hours of battery life per charge.
Warranties and Protection Plans
Nano provides a 45-day money-back guarantee on every OTC hearing aid purchase. If for some reason you aren’t happy with your selection, you can return them for a full refund. Nano also offers several protection plan bundles. This gives you the option of essentially insuring your OTC hearing aids for 1-year. Coverage protects the OTC hearing aids from accidental damage repairs, coverage for manufacturer defects, as well as loss and theft.