In 2017, a law was passed that directed the FDA to create a new category of hearing aids, known as Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, for people 18 and older. In October 2021, they proposed rules for the new OTC hearing aids and finalized this process this month, with OTC hearing aids set to hit retail shelves in October 2022. In this article, we’ll discuss what OTC hearing aids are and how they differ from other products such as prescription hearing aids and PSAPs (personal sound amplification product). We’ll also discuss why this is important to the average consumer.
The main goal for hearing aids is to augment people’s current hearing ability, especially when it comes to perceiving and understanding speech. However, it is also important for people to be able to hear these sounds without it being overly loud.
Older hearing aids had issues with amplifying every sound. While wearers could hear softer sounds that they couldn’t before, loud sounds became unbearable and even dangerous to hear as a result of amplifying them too much.
With modern hearing aids, most of them feature software powered by advanced microchips that can compress sound so that quiet sounds are easier to hear while loud sounds do not get any louder. This article will touch briefly on what compression is and why it’s important to have a feature like compression for hearing aid users.
Covid-19 is a serious disease caused by the novel coronavirus. It has spread throughout the globe and infected over half a million people so far. There are some studies that report hearing loss can occur through infection, though it is very rare. Other studies found that people with existing hearing loss have their condition worsen when infected with Covid-19. Recently, some studies report that one of the vaccine side effects include hearing loss, which is usually sudden. However, they found that it is reversible or diminished if treated early and thoroughly. This side effect is also considered very rare.
Hearing is easily one of the most precious abilities we have, so what causes hearing loss? Life without sound is miserable plus very dangerous! Imagine not being able to listen to your favorite song, hear the voices of loved ones, or even an intruder breaking into your home.
Not only the best for your money, but compared to price range of $3,000 plus hearing aids, I would take this one in a heartbeat! I tried the well advertised cheap ones and the top of the line expensive ones. This is a true hearing aid not an amplifier! The adjustments allow you to customize them for your surroundings and hearing needs. A good feature is after charging they remember your previous settings. I have used them over a year now and had an issue with one of them. Their support team is just as good as their hearing aids, they resolved my issue in a timely manner.
Thank you Neosonic!!!
I just received these so i need a few days but will update this. I am a retired speech pathologist but i must say hearing aids have changed a great deal. The packaging was very secure and all arrived undamaged. The support service is really good. I will update these comments once I have worn them a little while.
UPDATE. I have a flat bilateral hearing loss of 35% in rt ear and 30% in left. These aides are amazing and a huge cost saver. They are not blue tooth or digital but needed for my type of loss. I have only worn them one day so there is some adjustments my brain and ears will make. I didn't realize what I was missing. Other sounds are very loud to me and I have these set at the lowest setting. Most likely I can get away with only wearing one and wearing my blue tooth for my cell in the other ear. Very pleased. I will get back in a few weeks. I suspect with time I wont be so sensitive to simple things like pots being set on the counter, door slams etc. Also, no one will know you are wearing these. !
Better than $4000 hearing I bought at a retail store
These hearings aids were bought for my Mom. She likes them better than the $4000 pair I bought her from Sams club. Those were good but constantly needed new batteries and had to be serviced. She ended up losing one and the other stopped working. So far, these are far superior. The charging station is convenient. It also comes with a cleaning kit and wire to clean out wax (which can disrupt the proper functioning of the hearing aids). 5 stars at the moment. $200 instead of $4000. Wow!