Hearing plays an important role in whole-body health. Today, there are more choices for prescription hearing aids than ever. The latest models even look and function a lot like wireless earbuds. They blend into style trends so well that you wouldn’t know if someone is wearing hearing aids. The level of technological sophistication might be overwhelming with features including smartphone controls, Bluetooth® audio, health and wellness data tracking, plus incredibly advanced noise reduction and speech enhancement options.
In addition to prescription hearing aids, there are now hearing aids that can be purchased without seeing a hearing specialist and getting a custom fit. These hearing aids are available over the counter (OTC) and can do more than just amplify sound, they also allow you to listen to music or make a phone call.
The experts at TruHearing® offer the following advice when deciding which type of hearing aid may be right for you:
- Find your level of hearing loss. Over-the-counter hearing aids are for adults 18+ who have only mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Prescription hearing aids are for all ages of people with mild-to-profound hearing loss. Not sure if you have hearing loss? Check your hearing fast, free, and online here.
- Think about your lifestyle needs. Do you like the idea of having many options for colors and styles as well as advanced features like health data tracking and direct streaming shows, music, and calls to your hearing aids? Prescription hearing aids currently have far more models and technology levels than over-the-counter hearing aids.
- Are you confident managing technology? Over-the-counter hearing aids offer a self-service set up and some adjustability directly from a smartphone app. Prescription hearing aids have more features and customization options. They are programmed for you by a professional hearing care provider with your particular needs in mind.
Whichever type of hearing aids you choose, make sure you fully research both prescription and over-the-counter models before investing. With today's advanced technology and growing awareness of how important hearing is to your overall health and wellness, treating hearing loss is part of improving your quality of life.
• Exhaust all covered insurance benefits first. To determine if you have any covered insurance benefits, call customer service at the toll-free number on the back of your member ID card.
• FEP (Federal Employee Program) member benefits do not cover over-the-counter hearing aids.