I look at this product akin to "training wheels". It's a way to get started. For someone with a mild hearing loss, this product may be satisfactory. Although the price tag is significantly less, $500 is a lot of money to spend if you are not satisfied. If you are disappointed with performance, hearing aids that are fit professionally can be your next step.
This review is from the viewpoint of a hearing professional. A couple of my patients purchased these aids and returned them because they thought the sound would be comparable to professionally programmed digitals. You have a choice of 4 settings, do not need a hearing test, and simply pick the setting that sounds the best. If you are satisfied with this lesser quality of hearing, then go for it. If a person really does have a mild to moderate hearing loss, then you might be satisfied with this standard. They offer a generous return policy. The rechargeable batteries are nowhere close to the quality of the lithium-ion batteries in the top tier Phonak category. Hearing Assist will tell you they are designed for approx.500 discharge/recharge cycles, then must be returned for replacement @ $300.00 pair.
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