Non-prescription Hearing Aids

The word speaks for itself; these are devices that you can get over the counter without a prescription from a healthcare professional. While these devices have been available for some time, there are strict laws that prohibit the use of non-prescription hearing aids, and rightly so. Here’s the thing, when you get any assistive device or medication to correct a medical problem without going through the necessary tests, you are likely to worsen the situation.

Over the counter hearing aids are not to be confused with personal sound amplification products. While over the counter devices are clearly marketed as such, sound amplification products are sold as devices that amplify sound and not necessarily help with hearing impairment. Sound amplification devices are not regulated as they do not claim to be a remedy for any medical condition. However, over the counter hearing aids have been at the center of endless debates on whether or not they are legal.

Using AirPods as Hearing Aids

AirPods are among the devices that are sold as personal sound amplification products. Primarily, these iPhone accessories are made to help users listen to any audio functions of their Apple devices. Apple has built the latest AirPods with a feature that amplifies sounds effectively enough to make them basic hearing aids. It is important to note that these accessories do not claim to help with hearing loss.

AirPods only make it possible for people who have mild hearing loss to listen to audio content such as phone conversations and music. While they are not hearing aids, they have features that other earphones do not have. Here is the thing; Apple has made the AirPods in such a way that the phone continuously transmits audio to them. This means that one can easily speak to the phone and the audio will be transmitted to the AirPods even if the phone is at rest mode.

Can You Get Cheap Hearing Aids at Walmart?

We have always known Walmart for its affordable products, and hearing aids are no exception. Anyone can walk into Walmart and get a pair of hearing aids. The available devices are classified as over – the – counter aids. You do not necessarily need auditory test results to get a hearing device.

If you had already taken auditory tests and are aware of the specifications of the hearing aid that you need, your work at Walmart will be very easy. However, if you do not have any idea what your hearing needs are, you will find the options quite overwhelming. Apart from the fact that the prices are friendly, Walmart stocks a range of hearing aids to suit a myriad of impairment degrees.

Costco Audiology

Costco is one of the top rated retailers of hearing aids. Needless to say, there is quite a large variety of brands, sizes, shapes, designs and qualities of hearing aids available at Costco today. Additionally, these hearing aids are offered at very affordable prices. Here are some common types of over the counter hearing aids that you’ll get both in Costco and Walmart.

  • Rechargeable ear tubes
  • Mini rechargeable digital hearing aids
  • Digital hearing amplifiers
  • Ear caps for hearing assist
  • Behind the ear hearing devices
  • Digital In the canal hearing devices
  • Digital hearing and sound amplifiers
  • Bluetooth hearing devices
  • Accessories such as hearing aid dehumidifiers, batteries, cleaning tools, wax guards, etc.

All these devices and accessories are available in various specifications. Your choice will be dependent on your preferences and needs. It helps to do a quick search online before physically going to the store. The online search allows you to see a wide array of devices, read through the product descriptions as well as sample customer reviews. It helps to better inform your decision. Once you have ascertained the features of the hearing device you want, you can make an online purchase or visit your nearest store to get it.

Which Are the Best Rated Hearing Aids?

We have discovered that one of the easiest ways to know the top rated devices and brands is to go online. The first pointer to a good device is a good number of positive product reviews. The internet is flowing with glowing reviews of various types of hearing devices. Here is how you can tell if the high rating is genuine or not.

  • Genuine reviews talk about concrete aspects of the product such as size, design, texture etc. Fake reviews use scene-setting words to disguise their lack of authenticity
  • Be cautious when you see the same repetitive words or phrases in several reviews on the same product. This may indicate that the review is scripted
  • When you notice that a majority of the product’s reviews and ratings are from photo-less customers with generic names, proceed with extreme caution
  • Look out for the ratings that are in the middle of the pile, like 3 out of 5 stars. These are often the genuine, most insightful reviews. They are likely to detail the good and the bad aspects of the products
  • Read through the reviews written by verified purchasers. While many sites allow everyone to review products, you can only be sure of an opinion from a verified buyer. That shows that they actually bought and used the product. Unverified buyer reviews are most likely to be fake reviews.

Dig deeper into the reviewer’s profile. Did you know that there are professional reviewers? Yes! There are people who are paid to leave 5 star ratings and glowing reviews. While these fake raters are hard to sport, they still leave a few tells. Click on their profile. One of the biggest tells is if they have left 5 star ratings for several products from the same company. If their reviews are all 5 star without any hint of negativity, it could also be a hint as well. Be cautious when buying highly rated products that have several fake ratings.

Parting Shot

While non-prescription hearing aids are readily available, and in most cases pretty cheap, it is extremely important to go through the necessary auditory tests before using any device. This is because the device that is meant to help can cause adverse negative effects if it is not suited for you. Today, there are endless reputable online tools that can test your auditory capabilities and make recommendations. You need not pay hefty fees to institutions for the tests. However, we recommend that you take the necessary tests before using any hearing aid.

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