OTC Hearing Aids: A Positive for People with Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Last week I was an invited panelist for an ASHA Special Interest Group (SIG 8 public health audiology) Webchat on Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids. The other panelists included: Karl Strom, the editor-in-chief at The Hearing ReviewJani Johnson, an assistant professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis; and Kim Cavitt, the owner of Audiology Resources, an audiology consulting firm. I was pleased to share the consumer perspective on this important issue.

Attendance was strong — the highest of the group’s webchat series — indicating how seriously the industry is taking the emergence of OTC hearing aids. People raised concerns and shared worries, but the conversation focused primarily on how practitioners can best support people with hearing loss. This was exciting to see.

The key topics of discussion included:

  • How will OTC hearing aids impact hearing healthcare?
  • Implications for people with hearing loss.

Below I share some of my comments from the discussion.

Leave a Reply