The new Soundwave Sontro hearing aid is the first Dr. Cliff approved OTC hearing aid. Designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss, these devices use a smartphone app to help users adapt them to their hearing loss. If you purchase the Sontro hearing aids using the link on this page, you will receive a personalized guide to adapting to the Sontro OTC Hearing Aids from Dr. Cliff.
The Sontro Hearing Aids use directional microphones and advanced signal processing to manage noise coming from different directions. This feature, called Adaptive Directionality, allows wearers to follow conversations easily with their hearing aids. These new OTC hearing aids process sound using a technology called WDRC (Wide Dynamic Range Compression) to help expand the hearing range across 16 frequency channels. This type of sound compression technology makes soft sounds louder and loud sounds more comfortable, giving users easy listening and great sound quality. These devices also monitor the environment and automatically select the most appropriate sound mode to help wearers hear their best in a variety different listening situations.
Soundwave’s otoTune app, which can be found in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, allows users to test their hearing and personalize their settings. Using their patented 3 minute hearing test and guided tutorial, Sontro users can test their hearing to help with hearing aid setup. otoTune uses machine learning to identify where the user’s hearing can be improved the most. In addition, the app allows wearers to make adjustments to their Sontro devices based on their experience and perception in different environments.
The Food and Drug Administration announced that a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids will be available in drugstores and beyond. OTC hearing aids are designed for individuals with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss and can be purchased without a medical evaluation by a physician or programming by a hearing healthcare professional.
If you are one of the many people who are considering the use of over the counter hearing aids, it is very important that you know what they are and what they do.
After a long delay, the Food and Drug Administration released the final rules for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids this month.