Hearing Aids CVS vs Century Hearing Aids CVS only sells the MSA 30X Sound Amplifier - this is not a hearing aid. Its called a personal sound amplifier. A hearing aid is usually programmed from an audiogram or hearing aid test. A hearing aid is for someone with impaired hearing. Where as, A personal sound amplification product (PSAP) is an electronic product whose labeled intended use is to help normal hearing people amplify sounds for a variety of reasons such as to hear soft sounds of a bird chirping, or more clearly hear a distant speaker but they are not intended to compensate for hearing impairment.
Here is what the FDA says about Personal Sounds Amplifiers:
"PSAPs are intended to amplify environmental sound for non-hearing impaired consumers. Examples of situations in which PSAPs typically are used include hunting (listening for prey), bird watching, listening to lectures with a distant speaker, and listening to soft sounds that would be difficult for normal hearing individuals to hear (e.g., distant conversations, performances). Because PSAPs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate disease and do not alter the structure or function of the body, they are not devices as defined in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. As such, there is no regulatory classification, product code, or definition for these products. Furthermore, there are no requirements for registration of manufacturers and listing of these products with FDA."
Personal Sounds Amplifiers (hearing aids at CVS) are much less expensive - usually running from $30 to $300. These so called hearing aids at CVS or the MSA 30X Sound Amplifier silicone comes with 6 ear buds, 1 charging cradle, 1 adapter and 1 cleaning brush. Rapid charger included. Rechargeable. No batteries required. Improves amplification up to 30x. Includes 6 different sized silicone ear buds to fit any ear and seal out the noise. Rechargeable. No batteries required. Recharge using an outlet. 6 different sized silicone ear buds to fit any ear and seal out the noise. Rapid charger charges in half the time! The MSA 30X Sound Amplifier is not a substitute for a hearing aid or intended for use by hearing impaired people. http://www.cvs.com/search/N-0?searchTerm=personal+sound+amplifiers
And...these Personal sound Amplifiers or so called hearing aids at CVS are not very strong at all. The FDA keeps this limted to about 20 - 30dB in gain - or max volume. That means if you have hearing loss, say you are hearing impaired, and you did not have the funds for hearing aids and decided to try the so called hearing aids at CVS...they may work for you...but these would only be good for mild to maybe a little moderate hearing loss. If you buy one of these hearing aids at CVS and you find its not strong enough, which usually means you are turning volume all the way up and its starting to squeal...that means you are maxing it out - it cannot give any more. That is clear sign you need something stronger. You need a real hearing aid. So sure, start with the hearing aids at cvs...if you grow out of those....give us a try.