Widex hearing aids are one of the most common brands in the U.S. and the western world. They have a reputation for innovation and quality. But do they compare well to other brands? Should you buy them, and where’s the best place to buy hearing aids from? Let’s find out.
According to their website, Widex is a family owned brand which was founded in Denmark in 1956. They have gone on to become one of the world’s best known hearing aid manufacturers. They claim to enjoy a reputation as one of the most innovative manufacturers in the industry, expanding what a hearing aid can do and how one can help you hear.
Like other hearing aid manufacturers, Widex offer several different kinds of hearing device. Their two core hearing aid ranges are In-the-ear (ITE) and Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, as is the case for most brands. They offer a range of hearing aids of both kinds, designed to fit different tastes and budgets.
Are Widex Hearing Aids Good?
Widex offers a solid range of hearing aids which are roughly on par with Phonak. Where they may seem better than the competition is in their additional services, and in their pricing (although others say that Phonak has a broader range).
Widex offers several accessories that you can purchase alongside their hearing aid models. These include:
- The Com-Dex. With this, you can stream high quality sound from any Bluetooth device directly to a Widex hearing aid. This includes both smartphones and music devices. It also comes with a remote microphone.
- The Call-Dex. This is like a Com-Dex, but much smaller. It inserts into the jack plug of any compatible smartphone and streams to your hearing aid.
- The Uni-Dex. The Uni-Dex is like a Com-Dex, but without the remote microphone.
- The TV-Dex. Connects to your TV and streams directly to your hearing aid.
How Much Do Widex Hearing Aids Cost?
Hearing aids have to do a lot in a small space, which is why manufacturers charge what they do. Widex offer a broad range of hearing aids between the $1000 and $2000 mark so as to cater for different budgets. This is roughly what other hearing aid manufacturers charge for their models, too. If you decide to buy all of the addons, then these will, of course, cost you more.
As for how much of the cost you’ll personally pay for any hearing aid, that depends on your insurance coverage. You certainly can be covered for the cost of hearing aid purchases and repairs under insurance, but it depends on your policy. As is the case with other medical devices, insurance can cover some, all or none of the cost of a new set of hearing aids. So, check with your provider so that you know what you’re entitled to.
Where to Buy Hearing Aids
You have several options if you need to buy Widex hearing aids, but some are better than others. What’s becoming more and more popular is buying hearing aids online. You can buy them either from hearing device specialist stores, or from more general online marketplaces. These allow you to compare different hearing aids at a glance; but there are several issues buying this way:
- Your hearing aid won’t be set up by a specialist
- You won’t receive an audiologist’s advice for cleaning and caring for your hearing aid
- You may not enjoy the guarantee that comes with buying a hearing aid from a real store
You could also buy directly from the manufacturer, in this case Widex. In this case, you get the hearing aid cheaper than you would from an online reseller, and if the manufacturer has real world stores, you do get some much needed advice. But the drawback here is that the manufacturer will only sell its own stock, so you don’t get to compare their models with other potential hearing aids.
Buying Hearing Aids from an Audiologist
One option is to head to a bricks-and-mortar hearing clinic. Here, a professional audiologist (a person who specializes in hearing) can assess your level of hearing and tell you everything you need to know about your new device. Here’s how it works:
- You make an appointment to suit your schedule.
- At your appointment, you talk to friendly staff who will let you know what to expect.
- The audiologist will put you through a non-invasive hearing test. This involves sitting in a booth and listening to sounds played through headphones. This will tell the audiologist how bad your hearing loss is, whether the loss is even in both ears, and at what frequency your worst hearing loss is.
- The audiologist will then talk to you about your needs and wants: whether you want a hearing aid, and what kind you might like. They will then make a suggestion based both on your results and what you want.
If you do decide to purchase a hearing device, your audiologist will talk you through how to care for it and clean it. They will also set it up for you so that it’s tailored to your hearing.
Visit Sandia Hearing Aid Center
If you think you might need a hearing aid you can also visit Sandia Hearing Aid Center.
We are Colorado Springs’ premier hearing centre with more than enough experience to help you tackle your hearing loss. Our team can put your hearing through its paces with a quick test and make a personalized recommendation just for you. You can get the ball rolling by sending our helpful staff an email, calling over the phone, or dropping in any time that suits you.