If you’ve ever seen a photo of the New York Stock Exchange, with people yelling and waving paper around, then it won’t be too hard for you to imagine the hearing aid industry. There are so many different brands and models vying for your attention, at times it might feel easier just to bury your head in the sand.
That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to look at each of the larger hearing aid manufacturers and break down their most popular models. In this article, we’ll be looking at Widex hearing aids – one of the hearing aid industry’s “Big Six.”
One obstacle when it comes to hearing aid research is the difficulty in finding concrete pricing information. The prices we discuss are estimates based on third-party information, so might not be as accurate as we’d like.
To get certain prices or information on hearing aids, you’ll need to go to a hearing specialist. For a nice and easy way to do this, use our form to arrange a free consultation with a hearing specialist near you.
Major Widex hearing aid models
To look at all of Widex hearing aids models, you can flip through the company’s hearing aid page here, but we’ll only be looking at three of their most notable models. As we move through them, there are some things we’d like you to remember:
- The prices we list are based on the estimates of one hearing aid, not a pair
- You may be charged additional costs by your hearing healthcare professional, which can cover check-ups and tunings
Widex is often cited as being the most expensive of the Big Six. While its hearing aids are definitely known for their quality, you can still expect some of the beefier price tags within the hearing healthcare world.
|Widex SoundSense Technology||Expensive|
|Fluid Sound Analyzer|
The Widex EVOKE has been christened “the world’s first smart hearing aid.” And as is the premise with most artificial intelligence, the EVOKE is capable of learning on the job.
The EVOKE comes equipped with Widex SoundSense Technology, which means the hearing aid evolves as it is used. This would be fascinating enough, but it doesn’t stop there. This model takes in data from all users anonymously, and uses that data to make everyone’s experience better. When you use EVOKE, you’re part of a large, ever-improving network.
It also has a “Fluid Sound Analyzer,” which claims to “remember all changes you make and intelligently apply them to similar situations.” When they say the EVOKE is smart, they really mean it.
The only problem that someone might have with the EVOKE is the price. As you can expect from such a next-gen hearing aid, it’s expensive. As in “around $3,000” expensive.
|Extremely adaptable||Even more expensive|
The UNIQUE – another name that sounds like Widex is yelling at us. But what makes it so unique? Well, it is supposedly the best hearing aid on the market for an active lifestyle. It’s adaptable to all kinds of loud outdoor conditions – if you’ve ever tried to have a phone call with someone in the middle of a vicious gale, you’ll know how important and impressive this technology is.
It can detect the user’s listening situation and adapt appropriately. This means the user will hear the most appropriate sound for their time and place.
If you thought the EVOKE was pricey, then buckle up for the UNIQUE. We estimate it costs around $3,300. This goes on record as the most expensive hearing aid we’ve looked at. It seems to pay off, though, as we couldn’t find any scathing (or even slightly negative) reviews about the product anywhere.
|Easy to use||Outdated|
|DREAM FASHION POWER|
Since Widex hearing aids tend to be expensive, you might be interested in an older model. The Widex DREAM may not have all the amazing features of the EVOKE or the UNIQUE, but if you can find a professional who sells older Widex models, it still offers great sound quality.
It also comes with DREAM FASHION POWER. As dazzling as that name is, it’s basically a really fancy name for a high-powered, long-lasting hearing aid. It allows for richer sound and greater quality, for those with even the most profound hearing loss. And despite how much power this would theoretically take, FASHION POWER’s PowerSaver capability means that battery changes are fairly infrequent.
There isn’t much else to say about the DREAM. It’s a solid alternative if you’re eager for a Widex, but can’t afford the newer, more fancy models. It should run you about $2,000, which is very reasonable for a hearing aid.
In the end
The tumultuous world of hearing technology will never stop evolving, at least until we develop a fix-all cure for hearing loss. In the meantime, all you can do is try to stay informed and on top of your hearing health.
But you don’t have to do it alone. To make the most educated decision you can, use our form to arrange a free consultation with a hearing healthcare professional to discuss hearing aid options. Happy hearing!