iHearMax Review

Overview

The iHearMax is a hearing aid developed by a startup called iHearMedical that creates good quality hearing aids and innovative do it yourself online tools to adjust the hearing aids. The iHearMax is a very good, basic hearing aid that has 4 presets for different environments that will work for most individuals with mild up to severe hearing loss. What makes this aid a little different is that there are optional upgrades that you can purchase that allow you to customize the device at home or have the company pre-program the hearing aid based on your audiogram.  If you are into technology and are interested in taking control of your hearing adjustments and customizing the device, the iHearMax is definitely a hearing aid that you should consider. You don’t have to get the optional programming kit or the pre-programming service, but if you do it allows you use the hearing to its maximum potential.

Design and Size

The iHearmax devices are designed to very small and lightweight, you can even wear them comfortably with glasses without  much of an issue. The hearing aid comes with 7 different sized ear tips, both vented and standard options so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the right fit. They come in a tech gray or a classic beige color, and you can choose between two different clear wire lengths.

Speech Understanding

For most users the sound quality of the iHearMax is reportedly very good. What makes a huge difference for the clarity of the speech is the ability to program and adjust the sound yourself based on your actual hearing environment (although this means that you have to buy the optional programming kits) . If you would prefer not to adjust the hearing aid yourself, for an additional fee you can send the company your audiogram and they will programming the device for you using your audiogram. If you have any issues with programming the device you can call the company and they have audiologists who you can speak to who will suggest the right settings for you.

Quality

The iHearMax is a high quality hearing aid that is manufactured in California. It is quite a durable device that is made of composite plastic. As far as technology, it has 4 sound profiles, high fidelity 20-bit digital audio processing, adaptive feedback cancellation, 4-channel wide dynamic range compression and digital ambient noise suppression. A lot of users comment on how good the background noise suppression on this device is.

Comfort

The small size and the access to 7 different tip sizes means that for most people this will be a comfortable hearing aid. You may have to try a number of different tips before you find what works for you. FYI once you have found the right tip you will have to order more from the company, as the tips only last for around 30 days, they cost $1.50 for each tip.

Ease of Use

For the most part, the iHearMax is pretty easy to use. Some individuals may find it a little bit confusing to use the programming kit if they aren’t tech savvy, but the company has really tried to make the device itself to be easy to program. If you have basic computer and smartphone skills, you shouldn’t have much trouble getting started. Also remember you don’t have to get the programming kit, the hearing comes with 4 presets that will work well for most people. If you have any trouble with the hearing aid, it is easy to get in contact with support and they will talk you through any issues that you may run into.

Customer Service/Support

You can contact the iHearMedical support to get help with adjusting the settings and with any other issues through their phone line or by email at support@ihearmedical.com or Tel +1 (844) IHEAR44, Tel +1 (844) 443-2744.

Price

The iHearMax costs $399 per ear or $798 for both ears. The company offers a financing deal with 0% interest with no payments for 6 months on hearing aid purchases.

Warranty/Return Policy

The iHearMax comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and a limited 1-year warranty.

 

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Companion Hearing Aid Review

Overview

The Sound World Solutions Companion Hearing Aid is one of the hearing aid options that lets you customize the sound of the aid through your smartphone with an app. You don’t  have to use the app, it comes with three presets that you can use right out of the box, but if you like to get a personalized adjustment on your aid in the comfort of your own home, Companion is well worth a look. It has similar features to some of the more expensive over-the-counter options, as well as those that you get from the big 6 hearing aid companies. It is also rechargeable with a battery life of up to 18 hours. This can make maintenance easier for you by eliminating the need to regularly change the battery.

Design and Size

This model is a little bigger than most of the other models on our list for the best OTC hearing aids. If you are looking for an aid that is very small and discreet, this probably isn’t the model for you. It has a lot of great features included, but being small and invisible isn’t one of them. The measurements for the Companion are 9.6 mm wide x 48 mm high x 28 mm deep.

Speech Understanding

Right out of the box most people will be able to get significant amounts of gain before you even try to customize the device. Officially if offers 62 dB of gain with 126 dB SPL of maximum output. It uses digital audio processing and has a 16 channel compressor, feedback cancellation and 16 channel noise reduction. It also has directional microphones that make it easier to hear in noisy environments like restaurants or malls. If you choose not to customize the device through the app, it has 3 preset settings that you can change easily when you are in different situations that have different noise level requirements.  The standout feature on the Companion is the ability to customize the sound based on your own hearing loss. Using an app you are able to set the device to your own hearing preferences, this allows you really get the best sound possible for your needs.

Quality

The Companion works well, is made with good quality parts and offers a exceptional features for a device in this price range. The two feature that are unusual in the Companion are the ability to customize the hearing aid through the app, and the Bluetooth compatibility that allows you to hear phone calls or stream music through the aid. Some of the other competitors to the Companion that have similar features but charge quite a bit more for them.

Comfort

As I mentioned above, the Companion isn’t the smallest OTC hearing aid but it is fairly lightweight and slim, so many people find it comfortable to wear. Since it is a behind the ear design, it is easy to adjusts to find a comfortable position. It also comes with 3 different sized ear tips that you can test out to make sure you are getting the best and most comfortable fit.

Ease of Use

What is great about the Companion is that you can customize it to your hearing loss using the app, or you can avoid the app altogether and just use one of the three presets. If you do use the Customizer app it is very easy to use and guides you through the whole process in a simple and uncomplicated manner. The app works on Apple and Android phones and tablets, and Mac and Windows desktop computers.

If you have worn a hearing aid before and hate changing the batteries, the Companion is one of the few OTC hearing aids that comes with a rechargeable battery. The battery will last up to 18 hours on one charge.

Customer Service/Support

Sound World Solutions have extensive user and troubleshooting guides on their site. They also offer how to videos and application videos to guide you through setting up and using the Companion. If you need support they have a phone and an email support help system set up .

Price

The price for the Companion is $449 for one ear  or $735 for a pair.

Warranty/Return Policy

Sound World Solutions offer a 45 Day Money Back Guarantee on the Companion and it comes with a standard 1 year warranty

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