Over a million people in Arizona have hearing loss, and many can benefit from wearing hearing aids. These devices come in different styles and have lots of features, making a purchasing decision challenging. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best hearing aids in Tucson so you find a device that’s comfortable, easy to use and appropriate for your degree of hearing loss.
Benefits of hearing aids for kids, seniors and adults
Hearing loss in Tucson is most common among older males, but it affects residents of all ages and genders. In many cases, hearing aids can help. They don’t cure hearing loss, but they do improve it. The benefits of hearing aids for kids, seniors and adults include:
Better ability to hear speech and noise and communicate with friends and family
Greater physical, mental and cognitive health
Increased safety and independence
Less severe tinnitus symptoms
What types of hearing aids are available in Tucson?
Most hearing aids are battery-powered, digital and use a microphone, amplifier and speaker to deliver louder sound to the user’s ear.
Hearing aid styles
Behind the ear (BTE)
Rests behind the ear with a tube connecting to an earmold or earpiece
Works for all degrees of hearing loss; good for children
Most noticeable type of hearing aid
Like BTE, except smaller behind the ear and a thinner tube; variations include open fit, receiver in the ear and receiver in canal
Less visible than BTE; less plugged-up sensation in ear
Earwax can interfere with speaker
In the ear (ITE)
Custom-fit in outer part of ear
Available with high number of features; easy to handle
Wind noise; earwax can interfere with speaker
In the canal (ITC)
Custom-fit partly in ear canal
Second-least visible type of aid; more features than CIC
Smaller battery and fewer features than ITE
Completely in the canal (CIC)
Custom-fit entirely in ear canal
Most discreet type of aid
Low number of features; less amplification power than other aids
Note that hearing aids are different from hearing amplifiers, also called personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). Both make sounds louder, but only hearing aids should be used by someone with hearing loss, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
How to choose a hearing aid in Tucson
When choosing a hearing aid in Tucson, consider the following:
Your degree of hearing loss (e.g., mild, moderate, severe, profound)
Recommendation from a hearing care professional
Comfort and fit
Warranty coverage and length
Included services (e.g., annual hearing test, adjustments)
Recommendation from a physician, audiologist or hearing aid dispenser
Popular features for hearing aids in Tucson include:
Multiple channels for processing
Direct audio input
Getting a hearing aid test and fitting
During a hearing test, a physician, audiologist or hearing aid dispenser will determine your type and degree of hearing loss and, if appropriate, go over hearing aid options based on your needs and lifestyle. Ask about styles, features and costs. Take your time, and don’t feel pressured to make a decision.
At the hearing aid fitting, the physician, audiologist or hearing aid dispenser will program the hearing aid and make sure it is ready for use. You will learn how to put in and remove the hearing aid, use the features and perform routine maintenance, like recharging or changing the battery.
Talk to your hearing aid provider about what to expect as you adjust to wearing a hearing aid. Schedule a follow-up appointment to go over questions and concerns.
How much do hearing aids cost in Tucson?
Most hearing aids in Tucson cost $1,000 - $4,000 each, including testing and fitting, a warranty lasting from one to three years and services like checkups, cleanings and yearly hearing exams.
Most private health insurance policies in Arizona don’t cover hearing aids. To make hearing aids more affordable, many sellers offer financing options. If you are unable to afford hearing aids in Tucson, contact the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for assistance: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (602) 542-3323 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Does Medicare cover hearing aids?
Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids or hearing exams. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, check the policy for hearing benefits.
Arizona’s Medicaid program covers hearing aids and hearing exams for children under 21.
Eargo makes it possible to buy hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss without seeing an audiologist. This company’s products are comfortable, natural-sounding and rechargeable and come with lifetime support from licensed hearing professionals. Customers in Tucson say their Eargos are nearly invisible and weightless and praise the 45-day trial period.
Miracle-Ear offers the latest digital hearing aid technology in a wide variety of styles and solutions. Products come with free lifetime service, an industry-leading three-year warranty and care from licensed and trained professionals. Customers like the friendly, patient and knowledgeable service at Miracle-Ear’s three Tucson-area locations.
Zounds was founded by the father of a child with hearing loss whose goal is to offer affordable hearing aids with high-performing technology. The company has four different models with features including noise reduction and feedback cancellation. Tucson customers can get free hearing exams at two Tucson Zounds locations, both of which have positive reviews.
Beltone has been helping people with hearing loss for almost 80 years. Its hearing aids come in seven different styles and include award-winning technology and BelCare, an ongoing care and protection program. Customers give five-star reviews for their experiences with hearing care professionals at Beltone’s Tucson-area locations.
ReSound Hearing Aids
Resound has been improving quality of life for people with hearing loss since 1943. Its “Smart Hearing” technology is powered by the company’s expertise in audiology, connectivity, apps and design. Contact ReSound for help finding a hearing care professional in Tucson. Reviews for ReSound include highly satisfied users and others unhappy about needing repairs and replacements.
Widex Hearing Aids
Widex is one of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers, selling devices in over 100 countries. Customers in Tucson can try any Widex hearing aid solution at no-obligation through participating sellers. Some Widex users like their aids, but others mention problems with performance and wireless connectivity.