Listen up: Not all hearing aids are equal

March 07, 2022

An estimated one out of three people over age 65 has some degree of loss, according to the Center for Hearing and Communications, and hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition among Americans.

The Texas Attorney General’s office warns consumers to be cautious about buying over-the-counter hearing aids, particularly online or by mail order. Many devices sold this way are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although they may be marketed as medical hearing devices, many contain only low-quality amplifiers.

The attorney general shares these tips when considering a hearing aid:

  • Get a hearing screening and recommendation from a hearing professional who can tell you what type of hearing device will work best for you.
  • Over-the-counter hearing aids are not FDA-approved. Stating that they are “registered” does not mean the FDA has endorsed or approved them.
  • Know about the seller. Read online reviews and endorsements skeptically unless you know and trust the source.

older woman being fitted for hearing aidPlan benefits for hearing health

The good news is all HealthSelectSM plans include coverage for hearing health, including hearing aids from recognized brands. Visit your plan’s website or contact the customer service number on the back of your plan ID card if you have questions or need help finding a hearing health provider.