Zounds Hearing Aids
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Founded in 2005, Zounds is a hearing aid manufacturer and chain of distribution offices in the United States. Their products are sold primarily in malls and other high-traffic retail environments, and their stores are staffed by Audiologists or Hearing instrument specialists. Zounds’ unique offering to consumers is a quick fitting process- less than 2 hours, and budget prices. Zounds most advanced hearing aid (the Imprezo) can usually be purchased for under $3,000/set, with lower end models available for much less.
Zounds currently offers 4 different hearing aids at various technology levels and for various degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound losses. All of these hearing aids are behind-the-ear, as Zounds does not offer a custom in-the-ear hearing aid. It also appears that they do not manufacture custom ear molds, but instead use several different sizes and powers of receivers. I could be wrong on that last bit, it’s not clear on their website if they make custom molds for behind-the-ear aids or not, and I couldn’t find the answer online.
The Imprezo model appears to be Zounds’ most advanced hearing aid available, and is advertised as suitable for moderate to profound hearing losses. This is a fully digital 20 channel hearing aid that has 4 programs- Dining Mode, Party Mode, Music Mode and Quiet Mode settings. This hearing aid comes with a remote control that allows volume, program, and bass and treble adjustments. Also included is a charging station, as the Imprezos are rechargeable hearing aids. The Imprezo model should last up to 20 hours on a single 8 hour charge.
The Clareza model appears to be the second best Zounds hearing aid available, and is advertised as suitable for moderate to severe hearing losses. This is a fully digital 16 channel hearing aid that has 4 programs- Dining Mode, Party Mode, Music Mode and Quiet Mode settings. This hearing aid comes with a remote control that allows volume, program, and bass and treble adjustments. Also included is a charging station, as the Clarezas are rechargeable hearing aids. The Clareza model should last up to 16 hours on a single 8 hour charge.
It is difficult to figure out what technology level the Potenz hearing aid is within the Zounds line-up, but it is billed as their power hearing aid. This is a fully digital hearing aid (no mention of # of channels), but it does have 4 programs- Dining Mode, Party Mode, Music Mode and Quiet Mode settings. This hearing aid comes with a remote control that allows volume, program, and bass and treble adjustments. Also included is a charging station, as the Potenzs are rechargeable hearing aids. The Potenz model should last up to 18 hours on a single 8 hour charge. It’s also hard to tell if this aid can be fit with a custom mold or not- from the pictures it appears as though these are not fit with custom molds, which would make me wonder how powerful they can really be (without suffering from feedback issues).
The Riazo model is the most basic Zounds hearing aid available, and is advertised as suitable for moderate hearing losses. This is a digital 4 channel hearing aid, but unlike the other models does not have multiple programs. It also is not a rechargeable hearing aid, and does not come with a charging station or remote control. These hearing aids are programmed by the Zounds associates, and then you cannot make any adjustments to them yourself- you have to go back to the store to get them adjusted. This appears to be an incredibly basic hearing aid, and there are reports online of it being available for around $500 per ear.
Zounds hearing aid centers can be found in several states across the US, but they do not yet have a truly national presence. The entire North West of the United States does not have Zounds offices. There are offices in nearly every other state in the US, but there are only a handful of offices in each state. In fact, if you search for “Zounds hearing aid reviews,” the lack of locations is probably the number one complaint people have. Unfortunately, it appears that when a Zounds location goes out of business, all of their customers are then left with no choice but to mail the hearing aids to a different location when service is needed. This seems to be the number one complaint among their customers on this site.
Wondering if you’re paying a good price for your Zounds hearing aids?
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