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Hearing Aid Buying Guide

If you think you need hearing aids, our Saskatoon hearing clinics are ready to help. We carry the most popular brands, models and styles of hearing aids so you can find something to fit your hearing needs within your budget.

However, it can be daunting to try and choose a hearing aid precisely because of how much choice and variety there is. Want to know more about hearing aids so you can make an informed decision? Read on to find all the information you will need.

TYPES OF HEARING AIDS

First, you can choose the type of hearing aid you want. There is a lot of variety in the hearing aid types, including the following:

 

Hearing aid styles

First, there is the style, where each style is designed to help people with different levels of hearing loss. In general, there are six main hearing aid styles that you can choose from:

  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • Receiver in canal (RIC)
  • Receiver in the ear (RITE)
  • Completely in canal (CIC)
  • Invisible in canal (IIC)

If you want to learn more about each of these styles and what they are for, you can find out in our complete guide to hearing aid styles here.

Hearing aid technology

In addition to the different styles, there are also different levels of technology available. The highest level of technology will include things like machine learning, the clearest sound quality, and the ability to filter out background noise.

In addition, you can also choose hearing aids with technological features like the following:

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Bluetooth hearing aids

You can connect and stream sound from devices like your smartphone, music player, and more directly to your ears.

Made for iPhone hearing aids

Connect directly to your iPhone™, iPad™, iPod Touch™, or Apple Watch™. If you are interested, we have multiple options available.

Rechargeable hearing aids

You can set the hearing aids into a charging station so you don’t have to fiddle with small batteries. These are typically a benefit for people that have issues with fine motor skills.

Invisible hearing aids

Smaller hearing aid models that fit inside your ear so no one can see that you are wearing aids require more advanced technology to provide clear sound and sufficient battery life.

Digital hearing aids

Instead of analog sound, new and innovative hearing aids digitizes sound that it receives before amplifying it into your ears. It makes it easier to dampen background noise so it doesn’t interfere with any conversation or TV show you’re trying to listen to.

If you are interested in the different levels of technology available, you can contact us at any time to book a free product discussion appointment.

HEARING AID BRANDS

Finally, there are the different brands and manufacturers of hearing aids that you can choose from. Each of them will offer hearing aids in the same styles and levels of technology mentioned above, but with their own quality and hearing aid models.

We are able to prescribe and sell hearing aids from any of the major manufacturers in Canada, including Widex, Signia, Unitron, Starkey, Phonak hearing aids and more.

WIDEX HEARING AIDS

Widex is a manufacturer dedicated to innovating hearing aid technology to fit people’s lifestyles. They were the first brand to release a hearing aid that learns your preferences and automatically updates your settings as you move between different environments. The range of Widex hearing aid models includes:

 

  • Widex Evoke
  • Widex Beyond
  • Widex Unique
  • Widex Custom

Want to know more about Widex hearing aids? You can try them out in our free one week test drive, or book a free hearing aid consultation appointment with our clinicians.

SIGNIA HEARING AIDS

Signia, formerly known as Siemens, is known as a hearing aid brand with some of the most technologically advanced hearing aids on the market. They focus a lot on rechargeability for people who travel and have an active lifestyle, and on Bluetooth connectivity features so you can connect with your devices. Here is a list of Signia models:

  • Signia Styletto & Styletto Connect
  • Signia Pure Charge & Go Nx
  • Signia Silk Nx
  • Signia CROS Nx

You can call or contact us at any time if you want to know more about Signia hearing aid products and if they are right for you.

COST OF HEARING AIDS

The final element to consider when shopping around for a hearing aid is your budget. While hearing aids can seem expensive, we do everything we can to make affording them easier. There is a wide range of costs between the cheapest hearing aids and the most expensive, which can be in the thousands of dollars.

We know that cost is one of the main concerns for people when they are first considering hearing aids, that’s why we do everything we can to help, including:

 

  • Specials & discounts — we regularly have discounts available on certain hearing aid models that makes it easier to afford them.
  • Free hearing aid test drive — you can try certain hearing aid models before you buy them.
  • Payment plans — we offer the ability to split the cost into smaller and easier to manage monthly payments, including a 0% interest plan with no extra cost.
  • 60 day return policy — if you realize within 60 days of buying any hearing aids from us that they aren’t for you, you can return them for a full refund with no questions asked.
  • Third-party eligibility — you may be eligible for coverage through WCB, DVA, NIHB, or Supplemental Health.
  • Private insurance — your private or work health insurance may help cover some of the cost of your hearing aids.

Have any questions or concerns about pricing? Want to get a price quote on a particular type of hearing aid that you want? Contact us today to book a hearing test appointment. After assessing your hearing, we can recommend the best style and level of technology for you and give you a price range based on the brand and model you want.

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8th Street Location

  Address:
1219 8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK

  Phone:
(306) 343-9516

  Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5pm

Market Mall

 Address:
#35A - 2325 Preston Avenue
(in Market Mall)
Saskatoon, SK

 Phone:
(306) 374-4050

 Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 5pm