There is a difference between purchasing an over-the-counter hearing aid vs. a prescription hearing aid. Prescription hearing aids are properly fit by a licensed hearing care professional (HCP). The HCP will bring added benefits and is the patient’s trusted partner throughout the hearing healthcare journey.

Benefits you will receive from an HCP:

Comprehensive Hearing Test
You will receive thorough tests using precise calibrated equipment. The tests will identify different types of hearing loss including those that may require medical attention.

Patients from 0-100+ are fit with all types of prescription hearing aids, depending on the type of loss, such as sensorineural, conductive, mixed, fluctuating, sudden and unilateral hearing losses. The hearing aids may be appropriate for people with Tinnitus and/or dizziness.

Hearing Aid Fitting
To ensure proper fit and comfort, the HCP will tailor the physical fit of the aid to the person.

Professional Counseling
The HCP is a trusted partner to explain hearing loss, to help set goals, develop realistic expectations, and walk you through the entire hearing healthcare journey.

Fine Tuning and Follow UP
The HCP has a wider range of programming options available to match the hearing loss and personal listening preferences. The HCP has to ability to reprogram your aids as hearing or patient needs change.

Service and Support
By using a HCP you are backed by an experienced professional for routine maintenance, repairs, and other hearing services.

Aural Rehab
A HCP is an in-person support available to instruct on how to insert, maintain, and operate the hearing aids as well as provide suggestions on additional effective listening strategies.

Over The Counter Hearing Aids:
OTC hearing aids are only approved for adults 18 years or older.
OTC are only approved for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss
OTC are available in stores or online and the consumer is responsible for setting up the hearing aids, including fitting and tuning the sound.
OTC do not require a hearing exam or prescription from a physician or HCP; there is a risk of an ear disorder going undiagnosed.
OTC do not have follow up care with a HCP
OTC do not have a mandated trial period or return policy.