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4.2 stars from 44 reviews
Imagine is the latest flagship product from Beltone, the nation's largest hearing care retailer. In many ways, Imagine is an upgrade from Beltone's previous receiver-in-canal flagship, Beltone Amaze. Like Amaze, Imagine offers wireless audio streaming for iOS and Android devices (via MFi and ASHA), hands-free calling, and remote programming support. But, Imagine offers a number of key upgrades when compared to Amaze, such as a brand new speaker design that places a microphone in the ear canal. Beltone claims that this "innovative" new technology eliminates "unnatural sound" and delivers "superior sound quality."
Designed for people with mild-to-severe hearing loss, Imagine provides the same sound quality and technology as the ReSound One, a state-of-the-art hearing aid developed by Beltone’s parent company, GN Hearing. While the technology may be the same, the main differentiator is the service offered by Beltone; when you purchase from Beltone, you receive lifetime support at any one of its 1,500 North American Clinics.
Android streaming via ASHA
Hands-free calling via the Beltone PhoneLink 2
Smartphone app control
Remote programming support
Microphone in ear (New)
IP68 Rating (New)
Beamforming directionality (New)
Parent company GN Hearing has launched Microphone & Receiver-In-Ear (M&RIE) simultaneously in both ReSound and Beltone products. M&RIE (pronounced Marie) is essentially the inclusion of a microphone on the speaker unit that sits deep inside the ear canal. The microphone is directed toward the outside of the ear, and picks up sound that enters the ear naturally, so that the hearing aid can understand the natural resonance of the ear (and ear canal). In theory, this means the hearing aid can more naturally reproduce the natural sound of the wearer's ear.
A recent press release from Beltone described the benefits of the new M&RIE system:
M&RIE provides a naturally immersive hearing experience with greater depth and sound localization while significantly reducing wind noise. The most immediate way people will notice the breakthrough is the sound of their own voice."
The other brand new feature in Imagine is binaural beamforming directionality, which uses microphones from both hearing aids to create a hyperdirectional microphone array. This is thanks to the new chip platform that enables ear-to-ear wireless streaming between hearing aids. Beltone states that CrossLink Directionality 3 uses a new binaural connection to create a stronger, more focused beam for sounds in front of the listener. Compared to traditional directionality it provides up to 2 dB better signal-to-noise ratio".
Beltone was among the first to offer Made-for-iPhone connectivity, and Imagine hearing aids deliver wireless streaming of audio to hearing aids from Android smartphones as well. Beltone’s parent, GN Hearing, collaborated with Google, and Cochlear Ltd. to introduce the first direct Android streaming to hearing aids and hearing implants using Bluetooth Low Energy wireless technology.
With nearly 80% of the world’s mobile users relying on Android phones and devices, delivering on the promise of the new Android Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) protocol provides wireless smartphone hearing aid connectivity to a broader potential customer base than ever before.
Imagine hearing aids also work with Beltone’s 2.4 GHz Direct Line wireless accessories, including remote microphones, audio streaming devices for phones and TV’s, and handheld remote controllers.
Imagine hearing aids also work with Beltone’s smartphone apps. The HearMax app provides remote control capabilities, management of smartphone and 2.4 GHz streaming accessories, and remote support from your audiologist. The HearPlus app provides simple remote control of the hearing aids. And the Smart Remote app can be used with the Direct Line wireless accessories to manage audio streaming from the TV, phone and music players.
The new Imagine 63 DRWC hearing aids come with an integrated lithium-ion rechargeable battery. A charging station supplies an overnight charge to the hearing aids to provide all-day power. A premium charger is also available, which offers an additional "three full charges" while on the go. Both chargers are equipped with LED indicator lights to show the charging status of the hearing aids. The premium charger includes additional LED indicator lights to show the charging status of the charger itself. Imagine 63 and 64 DRW models are powered by disposable zinc-air batteries
The Imagine family comes in eight colors to match patients’ skin and hair tones. Colors include Sparkling Silver, Champagne, Gold, Bronze, Warm Grey, Graphite, Espresso Brown, and Deep Black. The standard and premium chargers are not offered in a variety of color options. Both are a shade of grey.
|Beltone Imagine 63-DRWC||Beltone Imagine 63-DRW||Beltone Imagine 64-DRW|
|IP Rating (Liquid)||8||8||8|
|IP Rating (Solid)||6||6||6|
|Made For iPhone||
Lowest iOS Version
Lowest iOS Version
Lowest iOS Version
|Mic + Speaker In Ear|
Push Button Options
Push Button Options
Push Button Options
|Water Resistant Coating|
Model details listed above may be incomplete or inaccurate. For full specifications please refer to product specifications published by the original equipment manufacturer. To suggest a correction to the details listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Beltone Imagine 9||Beltone Imagine 17|
Number of adjustment bands
|CrossLink Directionality 3|
|Feedback Eraser 2|
|Impulse Noise Reduction||2 settings||3 settings|
|Silencer||2 settings||3 settings|
Sound Cleaner Pro
|3 settings||5 settings|
Synchronized Speech Spotter
Speech Spotter Version
|Tinnitus Breaker Pro|
|Wind Noise Reduction||2 settings||3 settings|
Technology specifications listed above may be incomplete or inaccurate. For full specifications please refer to product specifications published by the original equipment manufacturer. To suggest a correction to the details listed, please email email@example.com.
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My wife has had these Imagine 17 hearing aids for a couple months and cannot stop them from feedback squealing. Been to the Beltone place of purchase several times but still have the squealing problem. (its a 150 mile round trip to the place of purchase so we can't go often and have to deal with the noise which will eventually drive us crazy!!!!!) Not worth the $7300.00 price tag. Do yourself a favor and purchase another brand!! Update:::: They are set up where pressing the right button raises the volume and the left button lowers the volume, well the right volume up now doesn't work anymore, not surprised.
Early days so far (installed yesterday) but:
The sole reason for my upgrade was to be able to understand my wife. So far, it's an improvement, but not conclusive, as there are still words or sentences that are not crisp.
As well, despite their having been initially set for only 90% of the indicated (by audiogram) volume level, not only are they painfully loud, but if I have my ear near any flat surface, I get feedback. (I have the solid nipple type of ear interface; not tulip, not open-frame.) Turning them down by two clicks' worth cures both of those issues, but then reduces the spoken sounds as well (see above). Other sounds are crisp and audible where in the past I most likely would not have heard them.
I'm going to be trying (direct comparison in the evaluation period) some Signia (perhaps two, but for sure the 7s; maybe also the 3) aids, as well. Look for my review/s in a day or two.
The Beltones, after a $1000 trade-in (what happens if I return these? Do I get my old ones back??), and a $2000 "special discount" and a "free" charger (how does this work if there's no charger???), they were $4990. The two, after insurance credits, from Signia, will be $3100 or $3500. If I find the Signias (either one) superior or comparable, these are going back.
But so far it's a notable improvement over my prior aids.
The convenience of the appointment ,the friendliness of everyone and the whole experience which at my age had never been done was awesome
I hear so much better. Very crisp Easy to charge. No more batteries My hearing is so much better no.
Service had been outstanding
They are so comfortable that sometimes I forget that they are in my ear. I like to take calls using the hearing aids to listen. Also listening to music is very good.
I was so excited to get these after I tried them on, I felt so blessed. I have never had anything so wonderful.
I wanted to be able to hear everything. Not the case.
They work fine for me. I'm hearing good but sometime don't put them on when I am around the house. bad habit. thanks
I like the hearing aids and the service I am getting. Top notch!
Comfortable. Clarity. No batteries. ....
So far I like everything about it and I have had no problems.
Don't know enough yet about the Beltone app.
I really dislike the shape of them. They do not sit right on my ears my glasses do not fit well with them either. I hear good this is not a problem. The hearing aid needs to be able to stay on the ear comfortably. It is not shaped right. I paid a lot of money for them, I am very unhappy , that I purchased them. Some times the right one comes off my ear when I bed down to pick something up.
Very hard to get in ears and I am afraid I might lose them. They are better than the old pair I have.
They help me hear better. The only problem I have been having is that they won't stay connected to my phone. I have to keep turning my phone off in order for them to reconnect again.
This is my second set of Beltone hearing aids. Very little difference between them.
I recently upgraded my phone for a Samsung galaxy s10+ to a Samsung galaxy s21 ultra and have not been able to use my hearing aids at all except for being able to turn them up and down on the volume and switch between programs. I am using Hearmax app on the playstore. I can't receive calls or even stream audio thru my hearing aids. I know it is probably a Samsung thing but very frustrating. Please let me know when the new version is available on the playstore that works with my hearing aids.
Much easier to charge. Holds charge much longer. Easy to put on.
They are easier to put I and my hearing is much better.
They don't fit right. Have to keep pushing them in to help me hear better.
The best hearing aid I have had. I occasionally have a problem with the Hear Max app.
I am having trouble getting the volume correct. There is a lot of feedback noise on my left side. It is difficult for me to understand people and they can be 4 feet from me. When we increased the volume, then if I come across a loud unexpected sound...the spike in loudness was unnerving. I thought this model was suppose to catch this and reduce the volume...not this one. I have another appointment 4/1 and we hope these issues will be resolved.
Marissa in the Elmira Heights office gave me Wonderful service and kept me hearing the entire time your people were troubleshooting my hearing aides. She is so polite and kind. Love Beltone and their staff! You people take great care of your clients. Thank you, thank you.
They’re not loud enough. And difficult to put in ear
I get a feed back (squeal) on all 4 settings when I have anything, wall- hand etc., within 1 foot of my head.
I would like to return these aids for a full or even partial refund.
I don't even use them any more. They sit in the recharging case, unused, day after day while I use my old ones for my daily life.
Made a big mistake with this purchase.
I can understand people much better and clearer
My hearing has improved with these and I like the cell phone pairing. But I think the pairing software needs improvement because I get pairing conflicts between IPhone and IPad. I am also having problems with the rubber tips and the athletic retention clips coming off, sometimes in my ear, and/or getting lost.
They are light weight and easy to sync and/or adjust for use in different sound settings.
I can hear a lot better. Sometimes there are noises that are annoying, like when my wife is washing dishes. I can hear dishes, spoons, pots and pans that are really louder than someone talking to me. Most of my problem is understanding some people that talk in that monotone voice.
Sometimes my hearing aides work fine and other times I have a problem connecting one or both of them to stay connected on the app.
Like the advantage of being able to charge them overnight and never changing batteries. Dislike the fact that I don’t get the humming sound in both ears when I cup my hand over my ear like I did on my old hearing aids.
Great advice and testing from David in the Shawnee, OK location. I can hear so much better now and love all of the customization settings, depending on the environment. Small and unobtrusive as well. Excellent after sales follow up and advice as well.
The M&RIE receiver technology allows for clarity and speech understanding in noise that is head and shoulders above other similar (BTE) hearing aids.
Wish I'd have found Beltone years ago before wasting money at other providers.
Very professional and timely. Staff is always friendly and helpful.
I was amazed with the quality of Beltone’s superb testing equipment. The best grade Hearing Aides I chose delivers fascinating results. They even downloaded the programming features to my iPhone pro max so I can control all the settings myself. Exceptional service anytime I request it. They are the BEST !!
Used for 4 hours after receiving it from hearing aid center. Apparently r hearing aid not working.. Center closed for next 4 days. So....I paid almost $7000.00 for pair. L one seems to work. Will be calling the hearing aid store 1st thing Monday morning. Not a happy customer!!!
A very good hearing aid for the first time user, work wonderfully I never knew what I was missing until I got the Imagine hearing aid, now I can hear great for the first time in many years.
The Natural sound of these hearing aids is amazing. The charger is very sturdy and gives great charge
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