Consumer Reports provides cheaper alternatives to expensive hearing aids

FORT MYERS, Fla. (CONSUMER REPORTS) Although an estimated 360 million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss, few people seek treatment.

Prescription hearing aids can cost thousands of dollars, and are rarely covered by insurance.

If you’ve been tempted to try cheaper aids sold online or in drug stores — beware, as some may do more harm than good.

Experts at Consumer Reports looked at sound amplifiers, and compared other affordable, over-the-counter alternatives with expensive prescription hearing aids. Click here to read the results.

Reporter:Lindsey Sablan