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    Smile Suggestions and comments wanted concerning Invisible (IIC) Hearing AIDS from Beltone

    Hello everyone,

    I am considering purchasing a set of Invisible (IIC) Hearing Aids from Beltone for the quoted price amount of $4,100 which includes a 3 or 4-year warranty. This will be my first set of hearing aids. I wanted hearing aids that are somewhat inconspicuous. Quality and price are also two additional major concerns.

    My questions are:



    1. Is the price quoted fair? If not, can you suggest another option?
    2. Are Betone's Invisible (IIC) hearing aids considered a quality product as it relates to longevity?
    3. Does anyone have experience with using the aforementioned hearing aid. If so, can you elaborate?


    If anyone has anything to add that may help me determine the type of hearing aid or best place to purchase it, I would appreciate your input.

    Thanks everyone!

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    One thing to consider if your hearing loss in borderline qualified to use IICs (because they're a little underpowered due to the small size) is whether you think your hearing loss will be stable in the next several years or whether there's a good chance it'll worsen. You may want to consider HAs that has some room to support worsened hearing loss, otherwise you'll outgrow them quickly due to worsened hearing loss.
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    I have no experience with Beltone, but I'm leery. I think you could get comparable, and likely better hearing aids at Costco. Beltone is made by Resound and Costco carries Resound. Costco hearing aids max out in price at about $2800 and include a 3 year warranty. I'm pretty sure Costco's $2800 hearing aid would be higher quality than the Beltone. Everybody has their own preferences, but I think you'd be surprised at how inconspicuous most hearing aids are. Even when I mention mine, people can't see them. They are RIC (Receiver in Canal) hearing aids.
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    Thanks for your reply! I'll give Costco a try. I wanted invisible IIC's because I'm bald headed and don't have hair to cover my ears. I'd rather have people pay attention to what I'm saying instead of focusing on my hearing aids. With all said, I'll definitely check Costco's offerings.

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    Thanks for the reply! The audiologist stated that I will still have room for correction if I choose the invisible IIC. However, she did suggest the ALLY 2 CIC which does not fit as deep in the canal. She said that the Ally 2 had more options and allowed longer use as it relates to possible later hearing loss. I'm going to take what you stated under consideration. I'm also going to check out Costco to see what they have to offer. Thanks for the information!

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    CICs will have more options in terms of connectivity, but maybe you don't care about that in which case IICs would be just as good (if not slightly better because of better acoustics in the ear) so long as your ear is large enough to fit a speaker with the appropriate power level for your loss. (The most invisible option, if you don't care about connectivity, would be the Lyric.)

    In terms of CICs, my general experience is that Starkey is one of the better companies for packing a lot of technology into a small space. I know a guy with severe loss who is very happy with the wireless Starkey CICs. He had bad luck with a few other companies who were unable to make CICs that were powerful enough for him. Plus, they stream directly to your iPhone and the CIC mics pick up your voice and send it out for calls so you don't need an intermediary device (note, does not work well for certain ear shapes).

    I don't have direct experience with them, but I believe that the high end seimens CICs also do binaural beam forming, which would give extra benefit in noise (most IICs and CICs are omnidirectional). As far as I know they are the only company who does that as of yet.

    Without knowing what technology level of Beltones your practicioner was recommending, it's impossible to know whether that was a reasonable price. But the Ally 2 is the base level model, so $4k for that seems steep to me. Are you at a HearMore? The ones in my area are predatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quietear View Post
    Thanks for your reply! I'll give Costco a try. I wanted invisible IIC's because I'm bald headed and don't have hair to cover my ears. I'd rather have people pay attention to what I'm saying instead of focusing on my hearing aids. With all said, I'll definitely check Costco's offerings.
    Certainly better to look good than hear good.

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    This article https://www.hearingaidknow.com/best-...ring-aids-2016 mentioned a few of the best IICs in 2016, with the Signia Insio Primax IIC being the most powerful IIC on the market.

    I'm not aware that Costco offers any IIC per se. But for sure it's a very popular place to get fitted with HAs thanks to its reasonable pricing, great service and great trial period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quietear View Post
    Thanks for your reply! I'll give Costco a try. I wanted invisible IIC's because I'm bald headed and don't have hair to cover my ears. I'd rather have people pay attention to what I'm saying instead of focusing on my hearing aids. With all said, I'll definitely check Costco's offerings.
    IIC's have a higher failure rate do to moisture issues than BTE's, so be prepared to have them in the "shop" periodically so they can be cleaned, serviced, etc. Don't worry about your bald head and people staring at your HA's, it won't happen; HA's aren't like glasses, since they are behind your ears and on the side of your head, very few people will notice them. Get the hearing aid that will allow you to hear the best and don't worry about whether they can be seen.
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    I wear my hair short, and I've worn aids for more than a decade. I could wear grapefruits behind my ears and nobody would notice.
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