Alternative to OTC

Is There A More Reliable Alternative To Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids?

At Gold Country Hearing, we believe there is.

These days, convenience rules the world.

With wholesale stores like Costco offering more products than you can imagine, accessibility is now easier than ever, and gone are the days of long waiting lists.

If you’ve ever gone into a store intending to buy one thing and came out with five, then I’m sure you’ll be aware of how easy it is to make a purchase nowadays.

Not long ago, the federal government made the same ground-breaking realization.

Back in 2017, lawmakers realized that convenience is a huge factor that stands in people’s way when it comes down to purchasing hearing aids. With an aim to allow more people to access hearing aid technology, a law was passed that allowed the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids, contrary to the risks involved.

While this was a great revelation that changed the hearing industry forever, some issues have popped up. As you would expect with any fast-track method, there are some implications that most people don’t know about.

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Five Reasons Why We Don’t Recommend Over-The-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

1. No hearing assessment required = more confusion over your hearing needs

Every audiologist will tell you that the first step to better hearing involves a comprehensive hearing assessment performed by an expert. This exam allows us to accurately assess the degree of hearing loss you suffer with and learn how you got to where you are.

Since an over-the-counter hearing aid requires no hearing assessment before purchase, there’s a risk that the hearing aids won’t work for you. For example, they might be too loud or soft and only cause more complications.

2. Your Ears Are Not Professionally Examined

There’s nothing else quite like the knowledge and expertise of a medical professional who has trained for many years to gain their doctoral title. After helping thousands of patients, these experts have truly seen it all and know exactly what to look out for.

By skipping the physical examination and excluding yourself from a medical eye, you could be causing further damage to your hearing and masking untreated issues.

Maybe a doctor will discover that your hearing loss is severe rather than moderate. If so, you would require a different type of device than what you’d buy over the counter.

3. Do You Know How to Fit Your Own Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids must be customized to the individual to ensure that they fit perfectly to your ears. Otherwise, you can expect to experience some discomfort and looseness.

OTCs, on the other hand, is more of a guessing game. You’re expected to fit your hearing aids yourself, without any training. Is that something that you feel confident that you could do?

4. There’s No Support Or Guidance

Audiologists are not just medical professionals. Rather, they are partners for life, who are there to support you five days a week. If you ever have any issues or concerns with your device, you can come into our office and we can take a look.

Once you’ve purchased OTCs, there is no continuing support or guidance. If you have any questions or worries, you’ll have to use the internet as your trusted resource.

5. You’re Not Covered For Loss Or Damage

We understand that sometimes accidents happen in life. You might put your hearing aids down somewhere and lose them for days. Perhaps you drop them in the shower and kick them down the drain.

We’ve seen all types of accidents, which is why we will always cover you for loss or damage, unlike OTC devices.

On the other hand, OTC devices are equally as expensive as hearing aids but come with none of the protection. If something happened to your OTC aids, it would be even more upsetting if you couldn’t get your devices back.

The “OTCs You Can Trust” Package includes

  • A pair of digital hearing devices from a top manufacturer – with crystal-clear sound quality, Bluetooth connectivity, and long battery life.
  • 58-point Comprehensive fitting process
  • An expert hearing check performed by a doctor of audiology – allowing us to pinpoint the exact degree of your hearing loss.
  • A 3-year product warranty – if you happen to damage or lose your devices, we have you covered.
  • Adjustments and testing available – our experts can program your device to work in the best way for you.

At a small fee of $2250, you receive a range of benefits that you wouldn’t get with regular over-the-counter devices.

Would You Like To Schedule An Appointment To Explore The “OTCs You Can Trust” Package?

Are you interested in finding out more about the “OTCs You Can Trust” package?

If so, the next step is to schedule a professional hearing assessment with one of our experts to understand more about your hearing challenges.

All you have to do is complete the form on this page, and we will be in touch shortly to discuss a date/time for your visit.

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