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What Is The Difference Between Otc And Prescription Hearing Aids
When it comes to hearing aids, there are two main types: over the counter (OTC) and prescription. But what is the difference between them? And which one is right for you? This post will discuss the differences between OTC and prescription hearing aids. It will also help you decide which type of hearing aid is right for you.
So, What Are OTC Hearing Aids?
OTC hearing aids are those that can be purchased without a prescription. They are typically a one-size-fits all than a prescription hearing aid, and the user can fit them without the need for a professional. OTC hearing aids are a good option for those with self-perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss. However, they may not be as effective for those with severe hearing loss and may not be covered by insurance.
So, What Are Prescription Hearing Aids?
Prescription hearing aids are just that: prescribed by a licensed professional, usually an audiologist, after conducting a series of tests to determine the severity and type of hearing loss. The results of these tests are used to program the hearing aid so that it can best compensate for the wearer’s individual hearing needs. In most cases, prescription hearing aids will also be fitted with custom earmolds or shells that are specifically designed to fit the contours of the wearer’s ear. This helps to ensure a comfortable, snug fit as well as optimal sound quality.
The most common hearing aid styles that your audiologist will prescribe are:
In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
ITE hearing aids are available in a variety of sizes, from small to large, and can accommodate a range of mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, ITE hearing aids are less visible because they sit inside the outer ear bowl than in some of the other styles. However, they may not be the best choice for very active individuals or those who participate in contact sports, as they can be more susceptible to damage from sweat or impact.
Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids (BTE)
BTE hearing aids are a good choice for people of all ages, including children. They are also a good option for individuals with more severe hearing loss, as they can accommodate larger amplification needs. In addition, BTE hearing aids are less susceptible to damage from sweat or impact than ITE models, making them a good choice for active individuals. However, because they sit behind the ear, they may be more visible than some of the other styles.
In-the-Canal Hearing Aids (ITC)
ITC hearing aids are less visible than BTE or ITE models, making them a good choice for people who are concerned about appearance. In addition, they can accommodate a mild range of hearing loss. However, because they fit partly in the ear canal, they may not be the best choice for people with very severe hearing loss or those who have difficulty with dexterity issues as they are one of smallest type of hearing aid. There are also invisible in canal (IIC) and completely in canal (CIC) that are similar to and ITC hearing aid.
So Now That You Know the Difference Between OTC and Prescription Hearing Aids, Which Is Right for You?
If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with a licensed professional, such as an audiologist. They will be able to conduct a series of tests to determine the severity and type of your hearing loss and prescribe the best course of treatment, which may or may not include a hearing aid.
If you decide that you would like to try an OTC hearing aid, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- They may not provide optimal sound quality or amplification because they are not custom-fit or programmed specifically for your individual needs.
- Because they are not fitted with custom earmolds, they may not be as comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
- They may not be as durable as a prescription hearing aid, and you may have to replace them more often instead of having them repaired by an audiologist.
If you have any questions about OTC or prescription hearing aids and want to learn more about the best treatment for you. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an audiologist, please get in touch with Advanced Hearing of Brighton at 810-355-2245. We can’t wait to hear from you!