CIC- Completely in the Canal (custom made)- this is a discreet aid, sometimes called "invisible" this aid is made for you after an impression is taken. This model will not fit all ears or degrees of impairment.
Canal- This style is custom molded for you. Canal technology sits comfortably in the ear canal to provide powerful, clear sound for all degrees of treatable hearing loss
RIC- The receiver-in-canal device has a lightweight feel and a flexible fit, and it is among our most popular systems. Although RIC devices sit behind the ear, the small, sleek design makes the barely visible when worn, and they help provide clear, confident communication.
1. Hearing problems can stem from excess noise, genetic history, earwax buildup, infection, or some other source that self-treating with over-the-counter hearing devices may cause you to miss.
2. Annual evaluations provide a baseline of your hearing health, making it easier to stay aware of your hearing levels and detect any changes- especially in discrimination- which can not be self-assessed.
3. A hearing care professional can help you determine whether you are a candidate for the OTC hearing aid.
The cost of hearing aids is usually the result of a few things: the quality of sound that the unit produces, the features included that help the user hear better, the quality of the components of the unit, and the custom fitting and follow-up care by the specialist who fits your hearing aids.
Although inexpensive hearing aids do exist, they are typically made with low-quality components, are not correctly fit to treat your specific hearing loss, and do not include any professional care by a highly trained provider who will help you get the most out of your investment.
What Are Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids?
Also called “OTCs”, or “OTC hearing devices”, these products are a new class of hearing instruments specific to the U.S., regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and approved only for those 18 and older with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss. OTC hearing aids are expected to soon join the market, representing a new option for some consumers exploring their hearing-health needs.
How Do OTC Hearing Aids Differ From Prescription Hearing Aids?
Unlike today’s prescriptive and customizable hearing aids fit by a licensed hearing care professional, over-the-counter hearing products are designed only for adults with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss. They might not align with one’s actual hearing loss, which could be greater than perceived.
Are Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Right for Me?
Self-diagnosis can lead to under- or overtreatment of hearing loss, both of which can affect your health and quality of life. The best way to learn what’s happening with your hearing and which solution most effectively addresses your needs is to connect with a licensed hearing care provider.
What If I Go Forward With OTC Hearing Aids?
It’s possible the OTC hearing aids you select may suffice in the present. Future needs, however, may require other solutions. Regular professional checkups can help you keep an eye on your hearing wellness plan and make any needed updates.