About OTC Hearing Aids

What are Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids?

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids are appropriate for adults age 18 and older with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss.
  • OTC hearing aids are FDA-regulated medical devices that can be purchased without a hearing exam, prescription, or appointment with an audiologist.

Are CLARI Hearing™ Aids Over the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids? 

  • Yes, CLARI Hearing™ Aids are FDA registered OTC (Over-The-Counter) hearing aids. They meet FDA standards for safety and effectiveness, making them accessible without a prescription for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Symptoms suggesting perceived mild to moderate hearing loss.

This hearing aid is for adults with signs of mild to moderate hearing loss. How do you know if you have this?
  • You have trouble hearing speech in noisy places
  • You find it hard to follow speech in groups
  • You have trouble hearing on the phone
  • Listening makes you tired
  • You need to turn up the volume on the TV or radio, and other people complain it’s too loud

Advice on when to seek health care services.

Some people with hearing loss may need help from a hearing healthcare professional. How do you know if you need to see one?

  • You can’t hear speech even if the room is quiet
  • You don’t hear loud sounds well, for example, you don’t hear loud music, power tools, engines, or other very noisy things

If your hearing loss makes it hard to hear loud noises, this hearing aid may not be your best choice without help from a professional. If this hearing aid does not help you enough, ask for help from a hearing healthcare professional. 

“Red flag” conditions.

WARNING: When to See a Doctor

If you have any of the problems listed below, please see a doctor, preferably an ear-nose-throat doctor (an ENT).

  • Your ear has a birth defect or an unusual shape. Your ear was injured or deformed in an accident.
  • You saw blood, pus, or fluid coming out of your ear in the past 6 months
  • Your ear feels painful or uncomfortable
  • You have a lot of ear wax, or you think something could be in your ear
  • You get really dizzy or have a feeling of spinning or swaying (called vertigo)
  • Your hearing changed suddenly in the past 6 months
  • Your hearing changes: it gets worse then gets better again
  • You have worse hearing in one ear
  • You hear ringing or buzzing in only one ear