Over-the-counter hearing aids for Siouxland

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — Around Siouxland, many people are going without hearing aids due to high prices.

However, many residents said the decision would make it easier to treat their hearing problems, and pharmacists agree.

“I think over-the-counter hearing aids are a good idea, they will provide better access for people with hearing difficulties, but that’s only for people with moderate hearing loss,” said Bill Drilling of Drilling Morningside. pharmacy.

The average price of hearing aids is between $2,000 and $8,000, with or without a prescription. Until the new ruling, the added expense of a visit to the doctor was also a necessity.

Sunrise Retirement Community CEO Samantha Roth said many residents don’t have hearing aids, leaving some people out of conversations.

“We have a lot of residents who are a bit hard of hearing or have mild to moderate hearing loss. It would definitely benefit from being able to get a hearing aid, but maybe you can’t afford it or don’t have a severe enough hearing loss to warrant going to the doctor and getting the full prescription,” Roth said.

Siouxland audiologists said they were happy to see more people being able to get hearing aids. However, some are concerned about the negative side effects selling over-the-counter hearing aids may have.

“I worry a bit about self-diagnosis. you come in with a preconceived idea of ​​what your hearing is like. Well, unless you take a hearing test, you won’t know what it is,” said Dr. Michael Sloniker, audiologist for Siouxland Hearing Healthcare.

Dr. Sloniker said that before buying hearing aids, it’s important to have your hearing checked.

“If someone comes in and takes a hearing test, we look at whether it’s a conductive hearing loss which could be: wax in the ears, maybe fluid in the ears, maybe something. something they call otosclerosis where there’s surgery possible,” says Dr. Sloniker.

Some nursing home residents said hearing aids will be easier to obtain. They always think it’s best to get your hearing checked and make sure you’re using the right equipment.

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