Over the past few years, the hearing aid and audiology industry has been rapidly evolving to offer new technological advances and more solutions for individuals with hearing loss. 

In October 2021, the FDA released new regulations of its “Over-the-Counter” (OTC) Hearing Aid category, and as of February 2022, Hearing Solutions is one of a select number of certified clinics to offer the newly designed OTC hearing aids from Jabra.

With our licensed audiologist, Hearing Solutions still sells and services “Prescription” hearing aids and is now licensed to customize OTC hearing aids – so what’s the difference between the two? 

Prescription Hearing Aids

Traditionally, these types of devices were widely known as simply “hearing aids”. If you notice hearing loss and seek help from an audiologist, you schedule time for a hearing assessment  and then your provider will help prescribe a solution for you – with the type of device that is best for your specific needs. 

Many brands exist on the Prescription side of the industry that range from highly technologically connected (Bluetooth capabilities) to more advanced within the receiver itself to more budget-friendly options depending on your needs and lifestyle. Additionally, these types of hearing aids require a full hearing evaluation and more formalized “prescription”. Through the assessment of hearing, diagnosis, fitting and adjustment of hearing aids, we ensure you receive a device that’s fully customized to your needs. 

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

“Self purchase” and “self fitting” have been synonymous with the new term “Over-The-Counter” hearing aids. With the industry evolving around the FDA regulations, these are typically found at more retailers, with some audiologists certified to help you service and fit them. 

With these new OTC devices, you can typically bypass a full evaluation from an audiologist to find a product that suits you. Fewer models are currently on the market, and Hearing Solutions is one of a select number of certified clinics to offer the newly designed Jabra Enhance Plus OTC hearing aids. These can be a great option for a secondary pair whether traveling or at home. 

OTC options are usually a bit more limited with styles and technology offerings, but Hearing Solutions can help you customize your devices for a better fit and sound quality. 

Still not sure which hearing aids are right for you? Give us a call so we can speak to you about the benefits and differences of each.