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Best Hearing Aids in Waco, TX

Aug. 26, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Hearing aids make it easier for people with hearing loss to listen, communicate and do daily activities. The device you buy should improve your hearing loss as much as possible, have features that fit your lifestyle and cost within your budget. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best hearing aids in Waco so you have the information necessary to make this life-enhancing purchase.

Everyone deserves to make thoughtful, informed purchase decisions. The local guides provided on this website are free for consumers. KXXV may receive compensation from our partners. Learn more.

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Eargo
Eargo
Features
  • Rechargeable hearing aids
  • 3 types of hearing aid styles
  • No in-person fitting necessary, comes with 2 sizes
  • Hidden hearing aids in ear canal
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Miracle-Ear
Miracle-Ear
Features
  • Custom-fit, behind-the-ear & receiver-in-the-canal
  • 3-year warranty on all styles
  • Free cleaning, repairs & adjustments
  • Free annual hearing test
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Location
2026 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 633-2580
#3
Zounds Hearing
Zounds Hearing
Features
  • 4 hearing aid models
  • Intuitive Noise Cancellation
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Adjusts amplification all day
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Location
Serves residents in
Waco, TX
(480) 813-8400
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Beltone
Beltone
Features
  • Behind-the-ear, reciever-in-ear & microphone-in-helix
  • Audio streamed directly to ears
  • Control hearing aids from Beltone apps
  • Battery lasts up to 30 hours when fully charged
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Location
5301 Bosque Blvd., Ste. 100
Waco, TX 76710
(254) 754-4327
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ReSound Hearing Aids
ReSound Hearing Aids
Features
  • Hearing aids for children
  • Adapts to different environments
  • Automatically adjusts in noisy environments
  • Comfortable & discreet
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Widex Hearing Aids
Widex Hearing Aids
Features
  • In-the-ear & completely-in-the-canal hearing aids
  • Small & discreet
  • Optimal sound for different environments
  • Customized to fit ear canal
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Location
Serves residents in
Waco, TX
(844) 497-8844

Benefits of hearing aids for kids, seniors and adults

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Hearing aids don’t make hearing normal or prevent it from getting worse over time, but they do improve hearing for a large percentage of people with hearing loss. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says over 28 million people can benefit from hearing aids in the U.S.

Benefits of hearing aids for kids, seniors and adults in Waco include:

  • Improved ability to hear
  • Better physical and mental health
  • Increased safety
  • Greater independence
  • Reduced tinnitus symptoms

What types of hearing aids are available in Waco?

In general, hearing aids are battery-powered and use a microphone, amplifier and speaker to make sound louder. Most hearing aids on the market today are digital rather than analog and are able to do more complex processing to deliver a customized sound based on the user’s degree of hearing loss and the surrounding environment.

Hearing aids in Waco come in different styles, each with advantages and disadvantages.

Hearing aid styles Description Pros Cons
Behind the ear (BTE) Most of the hearing aids sit behind the ear; a tube connects to an earmold or earpiece Works for all degrees of hearing loss; good for children; easy to handle and clean Largest and most visible style
Mini BTE Smaller BTE with thinner tube Less visible than BTE; less “plugged-up” feeling in ear Earwax can clog speaker
In the ear (ITE) Custom-fit and sits in outer part of ear Small but easy to handle; available with many features Earwax can clog speaker; more wind noise than smaller aids
In the canal (ITC) Custom-fit and sits partly in ear canal Second-most discreet style; more available features than CIC Harder to handle than larger aids
Completely in the canal (CIC) Custom-fit and sits entirely in ear canal Smallest, least noticeable style Less battery and amplification power than other aids; few features

Hearing aids are different from hearing amplifiers, also called personal sound amplifiers. Hearing amplifiers make sound louder but are not meant to be used by hearing-impaired individuals, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

How to choose a hearing aid in Waco

Choosing a hearing aid is a highly personal decision. Consider these factors:

  • Your degree of hearing loss
  • Recommendation from a hearing care professional
  • Style
  • Fit and comfort
  • Quality of sound
  • Included services
  • Warranty duration and coverage
  • Cost
  • User reviews

It’s also important to think about which features you want on a hearing aid. Features include:

  • Rechargeable battery
  • Direct audio input
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Noise reduction
  • Telecoil
  • Directional microphones
  • Multiple sound-processing channels
  • Remote control
  • Data logging
  • Learning features
  • Binaural processing

Getting a hearing aid test and fitting

If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of hearing loss, you may first want to go to a primary care or ear, nose and throat physician to rule out medical or surgical treatment.

The next step is to see an audiologist or hearing aid fitter and dispenser who will perform a hearing test, determine if you are a candidate for hearing aids, help you choose a device and set it up.

Here are questions to ask at your hearing test and fitting in Waco:

  • What is my degree of hearing loss?
  • Do you recommend wearing one or two hearing aids?
  • Which style of hearing aid is best for me?
  • What brand/model do you recommend? Why?
  • What features do you recommend based on my preferences and lifestyle?
  • How long is the trial period? Is it longer than Texas’ minimum of 30 days?
  • What does the cost of the hearing aid include?

When your hearing aid is ready for use, the audiologist or hearing aid fitter and dispenser will program it, show you how to use and care for the device and tell you what to expect as you begin wearing it.

Your hearing care professional will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your hearing improvement, make any adjustments and answer questions.

How much do hearing aids cost in Waco?

Most hearing aids in Waco cost $1,000 - $4,000 each. The purchase price of hearing aids in Waco usually includes testing and fitting, a warranty lasting one to three years and services including annual hearing tests, adjustments and cleanings.

Private health insurance plans don’t usually cover hearing aids. Check with your specific plan for hearing benefits.

Many hearing aids in Waco are available with financing options. Ask the manufacturer or your audiologist or dispenser for more information. Veterans can get hearing aids through the Department of Veterans Affairs. AARP members can save on hearing aid costs through the Hearing Care Program.

Texas Health and Human Services has a list of hearing aid financial assistance resources.

Does Medicare cover hearing aids?

Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids or hearing tests, but some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans do have hearing benefits.

Waco residents with Medicaid should call (800) 925-9126 to find out if they have hearing aid coverage.

Eargo

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Eargo designs natural-sounding, comfortable, rechargeable hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss. Customers in Waco don’t need to visit an audiologist before purchasing; Eargo’s hearing professionals will help you decide if Eargos are the right fit. Customers like having 45 days to try Eargos and say their hearing aids are nearly invisible.

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Miracle-Ear

Miracle-Ear

Miracle-Ear has been committed to helping people with hearing loss for over 70 years. Its hearing aids come with an industry-leading three-year warranty, lifetime service and personalized care from licensed and trained professionals. Customers in Waco give five-star reviews for the Miracle-Ear Center on Valley Mills Drive.

Zounds Hearing

Zounds Hearing

Zounds’ goal is to provide a selection of affordable hearing aids with the best-performing technology in the world. Its four models come with features like rechargeable batteries, noise cancellation and remote control. Customers like Zounds’ financing options and say their hearing aids are user-friendly and clear-sounding.

Beltone

Beltone

Beltone has hearing solutions for people with all degrees of hearing loss, lifestyles and budgets. All devices come with BelCare, which includes a one-year warranty, two-year protection for change in hearing and lifetime cleanings, inspections and annual hearing screenings. Customers give positive reviews for Beltone’s hearing aids and the staff and service at the Beltone Hearing Center in Waco.

ReSound Hearing Aids

ReSound Hearing Aids

(888) 735-4327

ReSound offers award-winning hearing aids, apps and wireless accessories for a natural listening experience. Contact the company for a referral to a hearing care professional in the Waco area. Reviewers include highly satisfied and happy customers and customers who have needed repairs and replacements.

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Widex Hearing Aids

Widex Hearing Aids

Widex is one of the biggest manufacturers of hearing aids in the world, selling devices in over 100 countries. Its EVOKE brand is marketed as the first “smart hearing aid.” Customers like that Widex offers a free trial of any of its hearing aids, but reviews overall are mixed.

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