The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of hearing aids at pharmacies, stores and online. The devices are available for individuals 18 and older with mild to moderate hearing loss.
OTC hearing aids may be appropriate for some patients 18 years of age or older with mild to moderate hearing loss. However, patients experiencing tinnitus, dizziness, fullness or pain in the ears, drainage from the ears, or a difference in hearing between the ears should seek clearance from an audiologist or physician to rule out any possible medical cause for the hearing loss. Unlike prescription hearing aids fit by an audiologist which come with a trial period, OTC sales do not require a return policy, so patients should be mindful of policies before purchasing OTC devices. Here are some links with more information for those interested in learning more about OTC hearing aids: