For years there has been speculation of Bose, the audio giant, entering the hearing aid space. They're a household name, making high-end headphones and stereos. We're surprised it's even taken this long for them to enter the market. In this article, we'll review Bose's new SoundControl Hearing Aid.
But why now after all these years do they want to provide hearing aid technology? The hearing market is heating up since Donald Trump ordered FDA to allow stores to sell hearing aids direct. We, at Blue Angels Hearing, are one of the first direct-to-consumer providers and have been highly successful with its digital, rechargeable hearing aids. Let's dive into Bose's hearing aids.
Bose Hearing Aid Features
Bose hearing aids are a calculated response to this monopolistic situation, which is counter to free trade close to America’s heart. Bose Corporation has been selling feel-good audio equipment delivering quality sound since 1964. This harmonizes well with the longing of hard-hearing people to hear conversations clearly again.
The new Bose hearing aids enter a lively market priced at $849,95 a pair. Knowing Bose, that’s likely to include some impressive high tech features. But whether we actually use them all, is another matter. Let’s discover more about what Bose has in store.
FIRST SELF TUNING APP
Bose includes a smart phone self-tuning app in the deal. They claim this is the first one that’s clinically proven to replace audiologist customization services.
The smart phone app enables adjusting volumes, and setting bass and treble to make sounds crisper, and more pleasing to the user.
SIMPLE SELF-FIT SOLUTION
Bose has caught up with the simple solution Blue Angels Hearing has been using for more than a decade of helping seniors hear conversations clearly again.
They supply several pairs of different-size earbuds so there’s always one that molds to each ear canal size. This eliminates purpose-made, audiologist ear molds.
ADJUSTABLE DIRECTIONAL HEARING
Our ears are on opposite sides of our heads, so they can detect where sound comes from. All hearing aids do something similar, however Bose adds an additional tweak.
Their smart phone-app lets users decide if they want to focus ahead for one-on-one conversation, or select a stereo option for a medley of sound around them.
Time to Catch Up On a Few Bose Hearing Aid Reviews
We did a quick round up on Google to survey opinions, and discover what reviewers say on the first page of search results
Bose hearing aids are suitable for adults reporting mind-to-moderate hearing loss. The sole light-weight model they make fits behind the user’s ears. A smart phone is required to adjust volume levels, treble, tone, and bass. The product uses single-use batteries that require regular changing with new ones.
CNET LIFESTYLE NEWS
The new Bose Sound Control hearing aids include an app allowing the user to customize them in less than one hour. This eliminates the need for an audiologist and saves on the deal. The company previously trialed ‘Hearphones’ costing $500 but discontinued them. However, the Bose hearing aids we review here are available in all 50 U.S. states.
Senior Living marks the Bose offering down to 3.5 stars out of 5. Whereas Beltone, Phonak and Signia come close to 100% scores. However, they don’t disapprove of the Bose concept. But they are disappointed by the lack of rechargeable batteries. And they point out the offering is ‘not suited for older adults with severe or profound hearing loss’.
Why Are Direct-to Consumer Hearing Aids Causing a Stir?
The U.S. decision to allow consumers to bypass hearing aid stores, followed decades of protest over excessive prices. A pair of standard hearing aids from those stores can cost anything between $2,000 and $8,000 depending on technology according to NBC News.
The prices include add-on services that may be unnecessary for folk with age-related hearing loss. Yet they are enforced by what NBC News refers to as collusion, state licensing laws mandating sales through professionals, and a lack of independent providers.
How Blue Angels Hearing Aids Shape Up Against Bose
Blue Angels has supplied tens of thousands of hearing aids to seniors, who prefer the simple things of life. They want to be able to keep recharging the batteries at night while they sleep, for the lifetime of the device. And the last thing they want is to have to find their smartphone when they need adjust the volume.
Our products may not have all the gadgets and gizmos of Bose, Beltone, Phonak and Signia, but they do enable seniors with mild-to-moderate hearing loss follow conversations better. And if they do need to adjust the settings, they should be able to do so with their fingertips.
Blue Angels offers a simpler, even less expensive solution then Bose for seniors with mild-to moderate hearing loss. Their finger-tip controls are fully self-contained, and you don’t need a smart phone to benefit. Our prices include free shipping and a money-back policy if they can’t help. Click here to find out how affordable they are.