Category: Over the Counter

Over the Counter


“OTC Hearing Aids” Focus of New Sycle Thought Leadership Series Webinar

Sycle hosted the webinar, "Over the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids: Their Impact on the Marketplace,” featuring Kyle Acker (RiseENT), Matt Dearing (My Hearing Centers), Bill Brownie (Eargo), Karl Strom (Hearing Review), and moderated by Sean Shoffstall (Sycle). The webinar is now available for viewing on-demand.

Real World Evidence on Gain and Output Settings for Individuals with Mild-to-Moderate Hearing Loss

Based on the audiograms of over 28,000 adults, this study shows that commercially-available hearing aids programmed according to parameters typical of those used for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss yield output and gain levels that are well within the recommended limits (110 dB SPL output and 25 dB gain) specified by a recent Consensus Paper issued by the four national professional organizations representing hearing healthcare providers.

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Understanding Hearing Aid Rejection and Opportunities for OTC Using the COM-B Model

The COM-B model provides a framework for understanding factors that influence consumer behavior when purchasing hearing aids. While OTC hearing aids have been created to address affordability and accessibility, researchers Brent Edwards and Melanie Ferguson point out that the model clearly suggests consumers will continue to reject hearing aids until the other influencing factors are addressed.

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Meeting the Challenges of OTC: Who Are Self-fitting Hearing Aids Really For?

What personal and technological factors will influence consumers’ success with self-fitting OTC hearing devices? Researcher Elizabeth Convery, PhD, looks at recent studies suggesting that OTC manufacturers and providers must address a range of important personal and device factors before self-fitting can become a viable option for adults with hearing loss.

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Individualizing Hearing Healthcare: New Opportunities in OTC Hearing Aids

With the current and future changes in hearing healthcare, we have a newfound opportunity and increased flexibility for individualized care. Whether we are considering the level of service or the application of advanced hearing aid processing, one size does not fit all. Here is a brief summary of the research about how hearing care professionals can make meaningful differences in the individual care of consumers who are using amplification products—regardless of whether these are OTC or traditionally dispensed hearing devices.

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