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At first glance, hearing aids may all look the same. But, when you start doing your homework, you'll soon realize that there are many differences from brand to brand. Companies differ in how they make their hearing aids and the types of accessories and technology they offer. If you're in the market for a new hearing aid, it's essential to know how different providers compare to find the one that's right for you. Let's take a look at how Widex and Oticon products differ.
|An Introduction to Widex|
|An Introduction to Oticon|
When you look at the product listing of the different hearing aids offered, you'll notice that Widex has slightly more options than Oticon, as well as more accessories and apps.
Widex prides itself on making the first hearing aid based on fuel cell technology. Simply place it in the portable refill unit, wait 20 seconds, and your hearing aid is ready to go for the next 24 hours. Widex's Evoke model automatically makes hearing adjustments suited to your needs and environment.
Oticon's “Open Sound” approach in their OPN generation devices aims to provide an accurate “360” representation of the world that allows the brain to select the signal you want to listen to. I don't see a significant difference between the two approaches for people with mild to moderate hearing loss in my clinical practice. For those with more severe hearing loss, particularly those with very poor hearing in background noise, the Widex approach works a bit better.
Both companies offer a full range of hearing aids from IIC (invisible in canal) to BTE (behind the ear), making them appropriate for mild to profound hearing loss.
Widex and Oticon both offer wireless compatibility with Android (using intermediary “rebroadcasters”) and iOS directly with some products. In addition to their hearing aids, both companies have a range of HAT (Hearing Assistive Technology) devices for hearing better in noisy environments, on the phone, and when watching TV. Widex also has a unique Zen smartphone app designed to help those who struggle with Tinnitus.
Buyer's Tip: Not sure which hearing aid style you want? Our hearing aid buying guide for seniors covers everything you need to know about the different types of hearing aids so you can make a more informed decision.
If you want to find out the price of a hearing aid from either company, you'll have to contact a local hearing aid professional; neither company advertises prices online. A hearing aid professional will give you pricing information and determine which style is right for you. Hearing aid cost is determined by several factors, including the model, technical features, location, and level of hearing loss.
|Tinnitus support help||Yes||Yes|
|Customer service||Online FAQ, 1-800 number||Online videos, help in app, local repairs|