Josh Hankins, Hearing Instument Specialist at House of Hearing. Finally, You Can Get Relief from Tinnitus

Your Guide to Choosing the Hearing Solution That’s Right for You

For many, the realization that their hearing isn’t as sharp as it once was can be troubling. The good news is that, in today’s technologically advanced era, there’s a vast array of solutions available for people with various hearing needs. However, navigating this vast landscape of options can feel overwhelming.

Fortunately, The House of Hearing, Northern Utah’s most trusted and experienced team of hearing and balance experts, is here to guide you. With a rich history of serving over 30,000 local people since 1986, we have the knowledge and experience to lead you to the optimal solution for your unique hearing needs.

1. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Solutions

These are the basic amplification devices you might find at your local pharmacy. They amplify all sounds in the environment.


  • Readily available
  • Affordable


  • Not tailored to specific hearing loss patterns
  • Can amplify unwanted background noise
  • Limited lifespan

2. Hearing Apps for Smart Devices

Several apps claim to assist with hearing by amplifying sounds through headphones. These apps might seem convenient, but they have limitations.


  • Easily accessible
  • Some customization available


  • Not as effective as specialized hearing devices
  • Depend on the quality of your headphones

3. Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs)

PSAPs are more advanced than OTC solutions but aren’t customized to individual needs. They amplify environmental sounds.


  • More sophisticated than basic amplifiers
  • Some offer noise-cancellation features


  • Not personalized to your hearing profile
  • Can be uncomfortable with extended use

4. Direct-to-Consumer Online Hearing Aids

There’s a rising trend of companies offering hearing aids with remote audiological support.


  • Convenient purchase process
  • Modern technology with mobile integration


  • Lack of in-person consultations
  • Reliability of online hearing tests can be questionable

5. Big Retailers’ Hearing Centers (Like Costco)

Many large retailers now have internal hearing aid centers.


  • In-person consultation
  • Range of branded devices


  • Limited to store brands
  • Not always staffed by audiology experts

6. Collaborating With a Local Expert Clinic

This traditional and most reliable approach involves visiting a local audiology clinic like The House of Hearing.


  • Comprehensive hearing assessments
  • Tailored solutions and personalized care
  • Experienced professionals guide you through the process
  • Access to the latest technology


  • May require multiple visits

7. Hearing Loss Surgery (Cochlear Implants)

For severe hearing loss, cochlear implants might be recommended. They are surgically implanted devices that stimulate the auditory nerve.


  • Effective for profound hearing loss
  • Can restore some level of hearing


  • Invasive procedure
  • Requires surgery and recovery time

Making the Choice That’s Right for You

At The House of Hearing, we understand the uniqueness of every individual’s hearing journey. Our goal isn’t just to provide devices; it’s to enhance your quality of life through better hearing. We have been trusted by the Northern Utah community for decades, and our team of dedicated professionals is committed to ensuring you receive the best care possible.

In a world filled with so many choices, making the right one for your hearing can feel daunting. But remember, you’re not alone in this journey. We’re here to guide, support, and empower you every step of the way.

If you have questions or would like a consultation with one of our experts, don’t hesitate to reach out. Call us today at (801) 657-4175, and let’s start your journey to better hearing together.