Where To Buy Hearing Amplification

Written by the Nano Hearing Aids Team
Reviewed for Accuracy by Lindsay Roberts, AuD.

Lindsay Roberts
Where To Buy Hearing Amplifiers

Are you getting ready to buy hearing aids? The good news is you no longer need a prescription to purchase them, thanks to the availability of Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids. OTC hearing aids can be purchased online or in person at retail stores and are ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

What is the Difference Between an OTC Hearing Aid and a Personal Sound Amplification Product?

Before you begin shopping, it’s important to understand the difference between OTC hearing aids and Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs), since they are often confused as offering the same benefits.

A Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP) is not the same as OTC hearing aids. PSAPs are intended to amplify sounds during various activities, but they are not intended for improving impaired hearing. They are also not FDA-approved.

OTC hearing aids are medical devices that are regulated by the FDA and are intended to improve the hearing of those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Where to Buy Hearing Aids

Unlike prescription hearing aids, OTC hearing aids can be purchased at several places, including:

Online: Many online retailers sell a wide selection of OTC hearing aids designed for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Hearing Health Clinics: Hearing health clinics sometimes sell hearing aids. However, the costs can be quite high, making them unaffordable for many individuals.

Retail Stores and Drug Stores: Several big-box retail stores, including drug stores and pharmacies, sell OTC hearing aids now. Keep in mind that you might not be able to speak with anyone who specializes in hearing aids, leaving you at risk of purchasing hearing aids that are not the best solution for your hearing needs.

What are the Benefits of Purchasing Hearing Aids Online?

Buying new hearing aids online offers many advantages, including:

  • Access to a wider selection of products
  • There’s no need to leave your house in order to purchase them
  • OTC hearing aids online tend to cost less than in-store hearing aids (which is due to the fact that online retailers have less overhead costs)
  • Easily read customer reviews of any product you’re considering purchasing
  • Receive answers to questions you might have by reaching out to customer service (most online retailers have a customer service team)
  • Many OTC hearing aids come with warranties or discounts when purchased online
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Am I a Candidate for OTC Hearing Aids?

If you’re 18 years old or older and have mild to moderate hearing loss, OTC hearing aids could be a great option to help improve your hearing.

Some signs and symptoms of mild to moderate hearing loss include (but are not limited to):

  • Trouble hearing conversations in noisy places and with a lot of background noise
  • Difficulty hearing someone on the phone
  • Feeling tired from listening
  • Finding it difficult to follow conversations and hear people in group settings
  • 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 be severe, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your doctor and/or hearing aid specialists.

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