Beltone Hearing Aid Reviews
If you’re in the market for hearing aids, you may have stumbled across the Beltone brand. With over 1500 Beltone locations in North America, Beltone is one of the most widely recognized hearing aid brands in the industry. But are Beltone hearing aids good? Who makes Beltone hearing aids? What are the pros and cons of buying Beltone hearing aids? And are there more affordable options you should consider? In this post I’ll tackle each of these questions and more.
Who makes Beltone hearing aids?
Beltone is owned by GN Store Nord, which is based in Denmark. One of the subsidiaries of GN Store Nord is the GN ReSound Group. The GN ReSound Group is a major manufacturer of hearing aids, and they offer hearing aids under the ReSound and Beltone brand names, among others. Because the ReSound and Beltone brands are owned by the same group, these hearing aids have striking similarities. The physical design and features of hearing aids built by both brands appear to be identical. However, the software that programs the hearing aids differs, as well as the fitting philosophies and algorithms. Therefore, the sound experiences between the two brands are unique. While these differences exist, many in the industry consider hearing aids built by ReSound and Beltone to be indistinguishable from one another aside from their branding.
Are Beltone hearing aids good?
Yes. The GN ReSound Group is one of the world’s major hearing aid manufacturers and their hearing aids are state of the art. A good example of this is the Beltone First. The Beltone First was one of the first Made for iPhone hearing aids on the market, and is still part of a select group of products on the market that have Made for iPhone technology. Aside from Made for iPhone hearing aids, Beltone offers a wide range of reputable hearing aids in all styles, for all hearing losses.
Pros and cons of Beltone hearing aids
- Aftercare: While some hearing providers charge to provide routine maintenance on hearing aids, Beltone dealers offer aftercare for the life of their hearing aids. In addition, if you’re ever traveling and your hearing aids need servicing, you’re eligible to receive free hearing aid inspections and cleanings at any of the over 1500 Beltone locations.
- Technology: Because Beltone is owned by a major hearing aid manufacturer, you can rest assured that their hearing aids are state of the art.
- Locked hearing aids: In order to service a Beltone hearing aid, a hearing provider needs access to special software that only Beltone dealers have. The industry calls these hearing aids “locked”, because they can only be serviced by Beltone dealers. This means that if you ever decide to switch hearing providers, or if a Beltone near you closes their doors, your new hearing provider will probably not be able to provide service for your hearing aids.
- You may be paying extra for the Beltone name: Beltone has a strong, widely recognizable brand name, and you may be paying extra for that name. In addition, because Beltone hearing aids are only sold by Beltone dealers and their won’t be several Beltone dealers competing in a small town, it’s hard to compare prices and ensure you’re getting the most competitive price.
Are there more affordable alternatives to Beltone?
Yes. If you want a premium set of hearing aids, you are likely to be quoted over $6,000 by a Beltone dealer (or any dealer for that matter). However, there are other comparable brand name and premium hearing aids on the market which can be purchased for well under $5,000 for a pair if you know where to look. A few of these comparable brands are Siemens, Phonak, Widex, and Unitron. You can view the most popular models of each of those brands here. All of those models are popular, well reviewed, and none of them are “locked”, so any hearing provider can service them.
The bottom line
Beltone makes good hearing aids and is a well respected brand. However, before you purchase a Beltone hearing aid, make sure you’ve weighed the pros and cons, and also determined if there are any other hearing aids on the market you should be considering. If you have any questions about hearing aids and would like a free phone consultation with a licensed hearing provider, please feel free to call us at 800-731-6794.