Understanding OTC Hearing Aids: Dr Cliff Olson

OTC Hearing Aids

OTC Listening to Aids are FINALLY Right here! | DrCliffAuD VLOG 135. Physician Cliff Olson, Audiologist and founding father of Utilized Listening to Options in Phoenix Arizona, discusses the brand new FDA OTC Listening to Support Tips and a few misconceptions that folks have about the way it will impact the worth of listening to aids.

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47 thoughts on “Understanding OTC Hearing Aids: Dr Cliff Olson”

  1. I’m not happy about this change, prices will go up and insurance won’t cover hearing aides, many will not be able to purchase them because of cost 💲. There needs to be better advocacy and help , it feels like we are taken advantage of our disability.

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  2. I don’t see how OTC hearing would work. Who will help you with the adjustment? Are we supposed to try to adjust it ourselves? Also, my hubby had an MRI on his ear and brain to rule out tumor. If your insurance covers it, you really should see an ENT first upon experiencing hearing loss.

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  3. So instead of working harder to make more money, you increase your prices and gouge your typically fixed-income grandma and grandpa client base? This leaves some elderly walking around unable to hear. You should be proud of yourself.

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  4. The same hog wash that you talked about being told just give your brain time to get use to them is the same hog wash that my mother's hearing doctor told her 10 years ago on the pair of hearing aids that she paid $2400 for each ear. No telling how many times my sister took our mother back to get them adjusted to work for our mother. OK he adjusted them, now give it some time for her brain to get use to the new setting. HOGWASH, HOGWASH mother in the end just gave up after paying them off.

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  5. Just wondering how many of the commenters are happy with their hearing aids. I put off getting them for years because I have never met anyone who was really happy with them, after my insurance paid over $7000.00 for my pair I immediatly joined that club, they work great with my smart phone for hearing calls but other than that they are pretty worthless. They are now old and need to be replaced and I don't see how I could do any better than just buying otc as long as they have bluetooth.

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  6. I agree it’s going to be interesting to see what OTC does to the market. I’m struggling with the argument that if less people come into my clinic the price goes up and if more people come into my clinic the price goes up. What exactly in your view would make the price come down?

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  7. If you wish to stay in business, you will have to compete with OC device prices. The free market will level the playing field. It has happened in every business and it will be the same with hearing aids.

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  8. Well, my wife and son say I'm deaf. Audiologist says inner ear is fine. ENT says there's nothing wrong with middle and outer ear. And now this. I wonder what I'm getting for my birthday.

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  9. It sounds to me like you are trying to justify the non-transparent pricing that has been the STAPLE of the " brick & mortar" audiologist. My first pair I was quoted $7000 for a pair of Phonak Audeo Paridise 90 3 years ago. That was nonsense. So I didn't get any HAs. This pricing monopoly is coming to an end and I am glad. I like your videos but totally disagree with this one. It appears that you are trying to justify your hidden pricing. For shame.

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  10. Completely agree about getting the proper care and fitting for the ear. I appreciate your perspective! It’s just been such a hard pill to swallow that average hearing aids costs so much money right now. I’ve been happy with Costco hearing aids for the last five years but I’m not looking forward to the day that I have to purchase another set eventually. Hoping there can be good options for food prices soon!

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  11. I wish insurance companies and Medicare would have a decent coverage amount for hearing aids. The out of pocket cost is outrageous for an essential part of my life. Once I retire I will no longer be able to afford the proper hearing care and qualities I need.

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  12. Love your videos, very informative, but this is the first time I've heard a supply/demand theory that if demand goes down, my prices go up. As far as OTC hearing aids are concerned, I decided to try the Audicus Wave hearing aids set up for Bicros and have just received them. I have a few issues/questions and have scheduled a video conference to go over my concerns. So far Audicus has been very responsive and I am hopeful the issues will be resolved. I was having a difficult time justifying spending nearly 4k on comparable hearing aids from my local audiologist vs 1800 for the Audicus Waves. That said if these don't work out I'll be going back to my audiologist with my tail tucked asking for help. Thanks again for the very informative videos!

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  13. I’m so happy to have found your channel. I have learned a lot, and appreciate the information and knowledge you share. I would appreciate your advice.

    I need replacement HAs as my 2016 RIC advance tier Phonak Audeo Rechargeables are no longer performing to my needs. I have bilateral congenital moderate to severe hearing loss and worse with low tones. I have had HAs for years. My current and past audiologists quoted me in the $5-6k range for a new pair of advanced or premium tier HAs. I would prefer to save a lot of money and try an option with Costco.

    I have recent hearing tests and adjustments to my current HAs from an audiologist. I work as a nurse in a very busy hospital environment. I struggle most with speech in noise, hearing localized alarms from devices in patient rooms, and determining direction of noise. I currently prefer to use an Eko Core Stethoscope by putting the tips in over my RIC hearing aids and turning them off. My audiologist thinks custom molds with venting would be a good thing to try and help with my hearing loss, and still be able to use my stethoscope without trying to Bluetooth it into my HAs and mess with my phone at the bedside. My audiologist was understanding of cost concerns, and recommended some brands.

    As I look at what Costco has, I would appreciate some advice on what you might recommend based on my information if you can. I am considering the Kirkland 10.0, Philips Hearlink 9030, and Jabra Enhance Pro. Per what I’ve seen and heard these should be extremely close to equivalent to the premium tier of Phonak Paradise, Oticon More, and ReSound One. Just wondering if from what you know, are they equivalent? Does the Kirkland still offer all of the good Phonak technology? Does the Philips have the same AI and other benefits as Oticon? Is the Jabra as good as the ReSound? Thank you for your time and advice! Just trying to narrow to the best option for my needs at home and in the workplace.

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  14. Wow, Cliff … I don't think that I've ever heard you talk so FAST! You definitely sound like you're stamping at the bit to get started on figuring out these over-the-counter hearing aids that'll be coming out. 😁

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  15. I wear Lyric hearing aids and they’re nice but not without some issues. The cost is expensive because they dispense under the protection of a monopoly.
    Will the Lyric hearing aids be available thru the mail for clients that self insert and provide a current audiogram?

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  16. With this new regulation there is no reason why profit margins should stay this freakin' high – now capitalism will have it's way with this one as well…

    So IMO this all is just wishful thinking on the good Doctor's behalf… A hearing aid is just a piece of tech (albeit a sofisticated one), just hardware and software… And tech improves at the speed of light in this day and age. Now that the walls are breached the floodgates will open, the Chinese (and Koreans, Taiwanese etc) will do what they do best, reverse engineer the crap out of current tech then FIRST they will start selling their OTC versions for cheaper then in the SECOND phase they will propably drive innovation as well, just like with cell phones).

    Yes it will take time, years probably, but this overpriced crap is going the way of the DODO bird… It is about high time, if you ask me!!

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  17. I was thinking Audiologist should get involved in this market offering a range of offerings to consumers. I’m not sure how that would work but just like any other products medical device or not people are often intrigued by the options offered by different products and I don’t think most people attracted to OTC aids understand the benefits and technology applied to prescription aids. This is an opportunity to explain and market the difference I’m thinking.

    I’ve worn hearing aid 🦻 for 10 years now always Oticon. I just switched from Oticon On to Oticon Open 1 and they’re doing well so far. I tried Signa 7s I think they were but they just didn’t work for me I didn’t appreciate the sound quality even with adjustments.

    So although I’m totally unqualified as an audiologist I believe there are tremendous and important differences between even prescribed hearing aids and the benefits they provide.

    Anyway just my thoughts and good video as I’ve been very curious as I just last week got fitted for these Oticon Open 1’s and I was thinking ….perhaps I should have waited. I no longer have that view or concern now. Good video and important information to get out there.

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  18. Compared to other technology products, hearing aids are really spendy. The DSP chips are no longer rocket science. I'm interested in getting reasonable hardware that, with hearing test results, I can configure to match my hearing.
    My question is, will the OTC aids allow this?

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  19. I think over the counter is still going to be pretty high for a decent pair. Then you're risking a lot. But the alternative is high cost and risking what I ran into which was an insane aggressive miracle ear purchase who literally put me off from other people in the field because I don't know who would be that terrible. They were literally worse than the "used car salesman" ) who actually aren't usually that bad. )

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  20. Is there any way to finance getting a pair of Widex Moment hearing aids with my credit card? Like, can I pay monthly for them with a payment plan or something?

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