An OTC is an over-the-counter hearing device.

You can purchase them in store or at your local pharmacy, however, they are not custom fit to your ears or your hearing loss.

They have recently seen a rise in the market, as people are becoming more aware of the recent legislations that approved OTC devices by the FDA.

More companies, such as Apple and Bose, are working on developing devices to be competitive in the OTC market and have seen a real potential for their use.

But with all that in mind, you may be thinking, What is the difference between your hearing aids and OTC devices?

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Our Devices Take into Account Many Factors

There are many differences between OTC hearing aids and our hearing devices, but the main difference is the process we choose to define which device is right for you.

When you visit The House of Hearing, we choose a device specifically based on your level of hearing loss, your lifestyle, personal preferences, and budget.

They are fit and calibrated in-office using evidence-based practices and include in-person follow-up care to ensure they continue to work well for the patient.

On the other hand, OTCs do not include any of this.

In Some Situations, They Can Work

While we wouldn’t recommend an OTC as your first choice for hearing amplification, there are certain circumstances where they work well.

For example, when cost is a limiting factor or you don’t have access to an audiologist, they can work as a good placeholder until you can access appropriate technology.

They are generally intended for those with a mild hearing loss, as they work to amplify certain situations. So, for someone who is wanting an extra “boost” to their hearing, they can work well.

You Get What You Pay For

If your decision is driven based on price, then you need to take one thing into consideration.

When you pay cheap prices, expect a cheap product.

When it comes down to something as sacred as hearing, you don’t want to cut any corners or take the cheaper option.

If you have a serious hearing loss, you will not be satisfied with an OTC device, as they do not have the level of complex process systems that regular hearing aids employ.

When it comes to treating hearing loss, the best thing to do is to discuss your concerns with a family member or loved one to see if they have anything else that they feel is relevant.

It could be that they have noticed you struggle to understand speech or you get easily confused. All of these factors are important to note when choosing what option is right for you.

Help Yourself & Loved Ones

If you have any questions, then please know that we are eager to help – you can call us at 801-657-4175.

Whether you have a question about our hearing aid devices, want guidance, or perhaps you simply want to know more about the different options available, we are more than happy to help.

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Ben Chargo Au.D., CCC-A

Ben is a doctor of audiology (Au.D.) with the House of Hearing. He received his doctorate from the University of Utah in May of 2018. He has been an employee of ENT House of Hearing since 2014 when he started as an intern while working on his doctorate. Ben was originally introduced to this field while working with his father, as he is also an audiologist and the owner of a private practice in Minnesota. From the first time he worked with his dad, Ben knew that this was the profession for him, as he was able to combine his love for helping others with his skills as a problem solver and as a communicator. Ben strongly believes that the work he does here is essential to improving the quality of life for each and every one of his patients, and his work is never done for the day until he has done everything he can to improve the hearing and lives of those patients. Since moving from Minnesota to Salt Lake City in 2013, he has fully embraced the Utah lifestyle. When he is not at work, you can typically find him skiing or snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, golfing, or on a motorcycle ride with his friends.