What to Know About Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

In 2022, the Food and Drug Administration finalized its rules governing the sale of a new category of medical devices—called over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. This provided adults living in the United States with the option to purchase certain hearing aids directly—without first visiting an audiologist for a hearing evaluation and a hearing aid fitting, among other health care services.

OTC hearing aids are available online and at drug and big-box stores. Although OTC hearing aids can make hearing assistive technology more affordable and accessible for many adults with self-perceived mild to moderate hearing loss, they aren’t right for everyone. Learn more by consulting the resources below.

If you decide to purchase an OTC hearing aid, ASHA strongly recommends visiting an audiologist first for a complete hearing evaluation. Such evaluations are generally covered by Medicare and private insurance, even if hearing aids are not. Find an audiologist in your area at www.asha.org/profind.


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