Man looking at over the counter hearing aids

What are OTC Hearing Aids?

Before you consider purchasing an over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid from a big box store, consider the differences in both the product and care you’ll receive. Hearing loss is complex, and it’s important to weigh your options for treatment before you make a decision.

What to Keep in Mind

While there are advantages to both OTC and prescription hearing aids, you should consider a few factors when deciding.

OTC Hearing Aids

  • Affordable
  • Helps mild hearing loss
  • Suitable for adults (18+)
  • Provides amplification in quieter environments

Prescription Hearing Aids

  • Affordable
  • Helps mild to severe hearing losses
  • Suitable for all ages (including children)
  • Provides amplification for all environments (quiet to noisy)
  • Variety of technology, brands, styles, and colors
  • Comprehensive hearing care and follow-up
  • Patient-centered experience
  • Proper fittings and adjustments

OTC and prescription hearing aids are each suited for different people and it comes down to what you are looking for in a device and what your exact hearing needs are. It is important to note that while many OTC hearing aids have a lower cost upfront, there is no option to have your devices covered by insurance, or to establish a payment plan as there would likely be with a hearing healthcare provider.

Let Us Help You

The first step to determining what hearing aid is best for you is with a hearing evaluation. We can test your hearing, discuss devices that can help you, and provide follow-up care throughout your hearing journey.

If you are ready to start hearing better, contact us today for an evaluation. We would be happy to discuss hearing aids and help you find the right device for your unique needs.

Nassau County

Garden City

1100 Franklin Avenue


Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: (516) 248-0068


20 Hicksville Road


Massapequa, NY 11758

Phone: (516) 308-7737


4045 Hempstead Tpk.


Bethpage, NY 11714

Phone: (516) 396-1017

Lake Success

2 Ohio Dr.


Lake Success, NY 11042

Phone: (516) 622-3387

Great Neck

225 Community Drive


Great Neck, NY 11020

Phone: (516) 466-0206


485 Underhill Blvd.


Syosset, NY 11791

Phone: (516) 588-9196




Suffolk County


57 Southern Blvd.


Nesconset, NY 11767

Phone: (631) 238-5785

Port Jefferson Station

1500 Route 112

Bldg 6 - Suite H

Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

Phone: (631) 928-4599


6080 Jericho Tpk.


Commack, NY 11725

Phone: (631) 486-9430

Wading River

5964 Route 25A

Wading River, NY 11792

Phone: (631) 886-2770

West Islip

510 Montauk Hwy

Suite H

West Islip, NY 11795

Phone: (631) 332-3274