OTC Hearing Aids

What’s new in Hearing Correction?

Over the Counter Hearing Aids (OTCs) are here for your benefit.

3 types of Hearing Help: PSDs = Personal Sound Devices/ OTC Over the Counter Hearing Aids/ and Prescription Hearing Instruments (never Aids).

PSDs are basically the same as OTC’s, except the FDA has not certified them, therefore they are a lot less expensive.

OTC’s, Over the Counter Hearing Aids, are similar to PSDs but the sound output is certified by the FDA. Neither are programmable or adjustable for a prescription.

Neither need a Hearing Professional to perform a hearing test and provide personal fitting protocols.
They both are similar to buying reading glasses when you notice you are having trouble reading the words of a book or seeing other objects.

They are designed to be a low cost entry into correcting your hearing loss so words and objects become more clear.

PHIs, Prescription Hearing Instruments, are high technology Hearing Instruments that can be programmed to your prescription and replace what you have lost in a prescriptive formula.

These, like Prescription Glasses require, a hearing exam, and rehab protocols to improve the ear/ brain functions and maximise your discrimination of words and sounds of life.

For years, many people could not understand why the cost appeared high. It isn’t. Because of the marketing cost and the limited ability to communicate what you were actually paying for, the total price of the Prescription Hearing Instruments were bundled along with the diagnostics and all the professional services and fees to provide the complete care for the patient and the rehabilitation needed over a 3 to 5 year span. You could not explain this is a 30 second commercial. Even in one on one conversations, it was hard to break down where people understood what the cost represented.
The average time a person with hearing loss suffered (and those they love suffered) before seeking help was 10 years. That means the brain hasn’t heard what it needs to be normal for 10 years. If you replace that full on, people would refuse to wear their hearing instruments. It’s uncomfortable. The process has much more to do with the brain than the ears. The actual cost of Prescription Hearing Instruments were between 25 and 35% of the total cost.

So the cost of the Prescription Hearing Instruments were 25 to 35% of the Bundled price of let’s say $5,000. In this example. If we use 30% as an average cost for both Prescription Hearing Instruments that would be $1,500 or $750.00 each. Then you have the diagnostics, delivery, programing, aural rehabilitation with about 4 or 5 appointments in the first 2 months reprogramming the brain at a comfortable level. After reaching your prescription we move to quarterly Hearing Health Check Ups to ensure and validate you are hearing all the consonants, vowels, and can put together and understand complicated sentences.When we hit these goals, then we enter the ongoing care portion with 4 to 5 appointments annually. The Professional Fees were prefigured for between 3 to 5 years of Professional care. so the “doctor” cost could run from $3,000 t0 $6,000 dollars. For most hearing losses, louder is not better. And even though you may get sound out of the instrument, is it your prescription? Hair cells, dandruff, ear wax, body oils, hair sprays all play a part in disrupting the prescription sounds you need to be normal and you never know it until you fall back again and suffer, without validation and ongoing care by your hearing professionals.

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Then there is the ongoing medical risk of untreated hearing loss such as Alzeimers and the other 4 dementias. A person with untreated hearing loss is 5 to 8 times more likely to be at risk for one of the dementias than a person with normal hearing. So there is risk in not correcting your hearing beyond just the hearing loss and the damage it does to you and your loved ones. So in summary, Prescription hearing aids cost about what a good high speed computer does today, plus the Professional care essential for your success and maintenance of your hearing at normal levels, to be as normal as you possibly can be. It makes your Spouse and family smile!

So why is there a need for the OTC, Over the Counter Hearing Aids or PSD’s, Personal Sound Devices? Remember I mentioned the average time of 10 years before someone with hearing loss would respond and seek help. How many brain cells were lost in those 10 years? How much word recognition was lost? How much damage did delay cause? How much did the Spouse and family suffer?

Why would a Professional Hearing Practice involve themselves in OTC and PSDs? In past studies, Cost was the number 1 hindrance for seeking help with hearing loss. Will OTC or PSDs correct hearing loss. Not normally and no differently than Reading Glasses correct vision loss. But for me, reading glasses were the avenue for me into Prescription Eyeglasses. I think I bought and lost 40 pairs.

OTC’s are for mild to moderate hearing loss. Limited in power, and don’t require the Professional care Prescription Hearing Instruments do. So the cost is significantly less like reading glasses. So what if we can cut 5 to 7 years off of the delay to seek help for hearing loss if there is some basic help for mild to moderate hearing loss. How many brain cells will we save? How many arguments between Spouses can we help avoid?

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That’s why Heartland Hearing Centers LLC is providing Over the Counter Hearing Aids, and or Personal Sound Devices as a starting place for better hearing, to reduce the delay in seeking help, and to make our Patients much more successful in full recovery from hearing loss by cutting the delay in half or more and helping people get as much benefit as possible to fully enjoy their life and loves for as long as possible.

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