Watch This Before You Buy Hearing Aids: Premium vs. Advanced Hearing Aids



Watch This Before You Buy Hearing Aids. DON’T Purchase Listening to Aids Till You Watch This! | Premium vs. Superior Listening to Assist Tech. Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist and founding father of Utilized Listening to Options in Phoenix Arizona, shares a couple of Case Research that he carried out in his clinic evaluating Premium Listening to Assist Expertise vs. Superior Listening to Assist Expertise. The Outcomes would possibly SHOCK you!

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47 thoughts on “Watch This Before You Buy Hearing Aids: Premium vs. Advanced Hearing Aids”

  1. Hi Dr. Cliff, do you have any videos on BTE vs RITE? I am looking into new hearing aids. I have Oticon OPN Mini-rites but I hated the domes (itching, feedback, movement, etc) and switched to a lite tip mold. It’s okay, but it still gets clogged and I clean it multiple times a day. My cerumen is very thin liquid. I have mild to moderately severe sensorineural hearing loss mostly in the high frequencies and constant very loud tinnitus. My AuD didn’t think I needed the mold in the first place, but I couldn’t hear myself and everyone always told me I was yelling. I wore a size 6 dome, so my canals are a little small and totally straight. I’m also a bartender (loud job), a singer (I know lol), and in nursing school (digital stethoscope), so I have a pretty varied list of needs. Like I need the ability to hear one person over many and protect my ears from
    noise damage. I also need to be able to hear myself. Who benefits from BTE vs RITE? How do I make an informed choice?

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  2. b Potter here. Ironically I studied asl and see II for 2 years in college? Did I have a subconscious premonition ID someday need to communicate to others within the deaf community? I'm trying to teach my Sheltie puppy how to be a hearing dog but my husband can't take her incessant barking tho. Is there an organization that will help me financially w the car of my 2nd assistance dog? She's 12 months old and trainable but I can't afford a trainer.

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  3. Love the knowledge you are providing me with my mile to moderate hearing loss. Male with upper range mile loss so I don't always hear or understand the wife (not a joke). Your videos give me a lot to think about from the $849 ($649 until May 15 ) Bose ones to the Costco ones to going to an audiologist to ensure the hearing aid is precisely fitted. I'd tell anyone who is shopping for a hearing aid to listen to a lot of your videos.
    Thank you so much for the education before I spend hard earned money on a pair.

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  4. I wonder if every manufacturer would present similar results. Great work though. Ultimately you’re correct that with premium technology maximum tools are available to the clinician to help the user hear their best. The only drawback is cost.

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  5. I found out that after a few years, the replacement parts kept coming loose, and needed more and more maintenance. Then when they broke, I asked myself- really? A lot of money for a few years. Next pair will not be top Tier. The first time, yes, but after you buy several sets…. hmmmm.

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  6. My mother is on social security 83 years old. I am in no position to help her now either. Costco at 1400 dollars is a massive amount for the cheapest hearing aids. Is there any alternative or help?

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  7. hmmm well I really didn't have a choice what hearing aids I got next because I am to young err but my Audiologists paid for them for me and got Premium for me the reason its free is just cause of my medical stuff. I just wanted to see if you were a faker or actually helping people which you are helping people so thank you I did not need to watch this I was born with hearing loss and already know what to do but I wanted to watch.

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  8. I would expect the milder impaired patients can use a basic device, while the severely impaired prefer the premium with all the settings and controls.

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  9. We spent $2,800 at Costco for a pair of Resound rechargeable hearing aids,3-4 years ago. It was money well spent for how it worked for hubby with the way it can be controlled on the iphone and how it be used with a mini-microphone ($179). The premium hearing aids are excellent, IF you can also afford a smartphone to use with it. For a low tech person, a basic device might be advised. Just my opinion. For reference, hubby is severely hearing impaired.

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  10. I am wanting not just the heating improvements but premium features like streaming music at a high quality. That to me makes premium hearing aids a better choice on the surface.

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  11. I can hear any YouTube video with wired earphones with no problem. But I found that any hearing aids is far from this level on sound quality including current $5040 Oticom model. $100 BT earphone sounds better than this.

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  12. Good work! The problem that. need to be addressed is that for each type of hearing loss, an expected improvement will have similar floor and ceiling effect, comparing a severe loss with a moderate one you’ll have two potential different gains with a delta that requires different sample sizes
    The questionnaire also has a signal to noise ratio, and requires a set sample size to overcome it
    Your results are probably by chance and will require a larger sample size

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  13. Dr. Cliff, Thank you very much for your videos. This is great information. For me the difference is between $1,400.00 for the Kirkland verses $7,400.00 for the Audibel Arc AI recommended by the audiologist. I am on trial with the Audibel for 2 weeks and will compare to the Kirkland as soon as I can get to Cosco. I can afford the Audibel but seriously doubt I will want to pay $6,000.00 for the premium features.

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  14. This falls into the category of why true audiophiles subjectively prefer vinyl records vs. digital formats, even though the digital formats can capture higher effective data rates and never degrade. Vinyl records just sound warmer, smoother, and ethereal. This is most likely a similar issue with hearing aids. Several researchers have suggested that since the analog vinyl records produce sound that mimics the ear drum's response, it is more attuned to HOW we hear, not WHAT we hear.

    An interesting point…my dad was profoundly deaf in one ear and only had ~20% hearing in the other, and all of that was in the lower octaves. He got new premium hearing aids that were tuned for him. He couldn't hear hardly anything. Going back to the audiologist, I explained what I had evaluated the problem as. (I taught spectrum analysis for several years and had profiled my dad's hearing earlier.) He had zero hearing above 1KHz in both ears. He had about 20% below ~1 KHz in his left ear. His hearing in his right ear was at most 5% below ~800Hz. What had been done with his new hearing aids was an inverse profile of his hearing to "balance his hearing." This focused on the how and not the what. After much discussion and explanation, I had the audiologist cut everything off above 1KHz with a soft gain profile from 400 Hz (semilog) up to 1Khz. Suddenly he could hear far better than he had in years! Why? Because it focused on the WHAT he was hearing. What was happening was the gain on the frequencies above 1KHz was saturating his ear drums with high SPL's that prevented the lower frequencies (which required maximum ear drum compliance) from being transmitted across the ear drum tympanic membrane. Note, that this was way back in 1995. Things have obviously improved greatly since then.

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  15. Attempting to educate myself to help my spouse address a hearing issue, and unfortunately the more I discover, the less I know. Lots of noise out here in the name of hearing clearly.

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  16. Cliff, thank you for your videos. I’m the only person in my family that is using adaptive technology to help me. I was born hearing but have been deafened over time and these videos significantly helped guide me in my decisions and wished I could have gone to see you in your practice. Thank you for your very educational and informative videos.

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  17. OK, but what is the difference technologically? Can Premium devices actually fine tune the sound spectrum to fit the patient's hearing loss similar to high-end sound systems that use graphic equalizers to adjust various frequency bands to "fit" different venues? And again, why the high cost? It is possible to fit millions of transistors into a very small space. 20 years ago, which is several lifetimes in the electronics industry, premium hearing aids cost $6000 and more. I have to believe there have been substantial performance and cost improvements over that time that would push that price point down and provide for enhanced features and performance. Put another way, it appears that the hearing aid industry has managed to stay immune to the market realities faced by all other industries.

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  18. You miss a couple of important points (or at least don't explain them). Based on functionality of each hearing aid, isn't the patient likely to discern which is the premium hearing aid? Also, and perhaps most important, why not go down a level in technology if the bells and whistles of the higher level of technology simply mean nothing to you"

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  19. Nice, thoughtful research design with a clear presentation. Also an important question for our family which we were struggling to find unbiased evidence for. Thanks for sharing!

    Two questions:

    1) are there physical differences between the devices? Are tier 1 devices more stylish or comfortable? I.e. might people prefer them for non-functional reasons?

    2) Wouldn't a two tailed hypothesis test be appropriate here? Under the null that participants' eventual choices were truly random, the types are arbitrary. Following your example, we could have just as easily characterized the result as flipping a coin 4 times and getting all tails. So, under the null, I think we want to calculate the probability that everyone chooses the same type (all heads or all tails, all tier 1 or all tier 2) rather than everyone chooses a particular type. The p-value would be 2 x [ ( 1 / 2 ) ^ 4 ] = 1 / 8 = 0.125.

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  20. you say the only reason to drop dwon in technology level is cost/affordability…that is not true. One solid reason to drop is if there was no improvement in hearing by using the higher technology. There should be a way to "test out" the different levels of technology before a patient decides which one performs better.

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  21. Using a Case Study from 7-years ago, without the advancements of current technology is basically a mute point. My suggestion after wearing hearing aids for over 30-years, purchase what you feel helps your the most, within your budget. At the end of the day, hearing aids you don’t like, you don’t wear…

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  22. Its still a rip of
    The cost would very negotiable
    what did they charge for windows operating system all those years a go and since apple gave it away with each machine they have drastically reduce
    Its just a rip of to see what they can suck out of you
    Maybe if Beats got into the market they could bring the cost down
    I would start ups company that made these devices, I just lack the knowledge
    Very educational video
    Cheers

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  23. I think those guys went for the premium/better ones because the whole thing about hearing loss is that you are MISSING OUT on what you had before all your life and what everyone else seems to enjoy, especially if you are just on the cusp of being quite young for needing them, like i am at 59 years. So the thought of missing yet another funny throw-away remark which leaves others laughing or getting your spouse to repeat themselves one more time or seeing them try to conceal their annoyance with you makes it worth the extra money, even for a limited difference. So that's why your subjects chose the premium, I think. 😊
    The question is then: is there any significant difference between the brands. I have already listened to the Starkey Livio Edge 2400 review – v helpful, thank you.

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  24. Dr. Cliff, I'm waiting for my Phonak Audeo Life Paradise 90s to come in right now because my Resounds broke and are out of warranty.

    There's a reason why I choose premium level of technology and it is the sound difference. For example on Resound I tried the Tier 5, 7 and 9. The 9 sounded extremely sharp and crisp. The 7 did as well. The 5 was still great, but, not as "high quality". It sounds more realistic and better with the higher tier.

    I would suggest comparing this as a metaphor to eye exams. Do you know when the eye doctor flashes different lenses between you and ask you if A or B is better? The differences are subtle. Yes, I can read the letters on line 3 perfectly without struggling with lens A. But with Lens B it's a bit worse but still great and easy to read. But, now with Lens A being better the second set Lens 1 and Lens 2, Lens 2 was better for me. These stack with small incremental steps.

    People who have a loss of hearing can actually hear the subtle cue differences. I think it is because they're designed and programmed for people like us.

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  25. Hi my name is Leon I've been wearing hearing aids for years now and my hearing just got worse over time it was very scary until I decided to get a cochlear implant in my right ear I'm glad I did because I had a very good surgeon and of course she is leaving for a new job soon we're going to miss her a lot I'm beginning to get used to my implant it's worth it I wish I had done it sooner it's so lonely and scary when you can't hear not any more

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  26. I don't sell hearing aids. Re: the Cox Data, is this the study from 2016? If so, hasn't the technology improved since then? Either way, are there other studies with valid methodology and high enough numbers that demonstrably agree with the Cox study? Without "confirmatory studies" with valid numbers, any conclusions are suspect. They might be, but they might not. So, it's much better to have confirmatory studies. Obviously your small test, is not large enough to pursuade me, but that is really not important. What is important is that the customer wants and prefers a premium device. Since they tried both without knowing which was the better option, and the premium was better for them, then that should be good enough. The real question then becomes, how much did you unconsciously, or consciously, alter their decision?
    I don't agree that you should up sell from the start. It's unfair to the patient / client. Having said that, I also don't know the business of hearing aids. My guess is that you can't just "try" one out for a bit, and see which one you like. But, IF you can provide those kinds of options to the client prior to sale, where they can test the difference out, it makes sense to offer them the range, and let them choose for themselves.
    Thanks for the great video.

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  27. İ have a question please
    İs it dangerous to use hearing aid in just one side
    Like if i use it in the right side (%40 damage) without the left
    And i already have 20% damage in the leftt side

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