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Miracle-Ear offers a number of behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE) and receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. Its RIC hearing aids are particularly discreet, and its BTE and ITE hearing aids can be custom fitted for each wearer. All options come with free lifetime service and aftercare.
Founded in 1948, Miracle-Ear is a medical device company headquartered in Minneapolis. It manufactures behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE) and receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids.
Miracle-Ear offers free hearing tests online via its website and in person at any of its 1,500 centers in the U.S. It also provides free fitting and lifetime service and aftercare for all of its hearing aids. Miracle-Ear hearing aids come with a 30-day trial period and a three-year warranty. If they aren’t a good fit, wearers can return the hearing aids within 30 days of completing their fitting and receive a full refund.
Miracle-Ear hearing aids come in various styles and models to meet a wide range of hearing needs, lifestyles and style preferences. The company manufacturers, fits, sells and services:
Miracle-Ear’s product line currently includes four series: the Miracle-EarMINI, the Miracle-EarENERGY, the Miracle-EarCONNECT and the Miracle-EarEASY.
Miracle-EarMINI hearing aids are the smallest hearing aids in Miracle-Ear’s product lineup. Virtually unnoticeable, they feature a directional microphone, Bluetooth compatibility and feedback cancellation technology. They’re also custom molded to fit a wearer’s ears. Miracle-EarMINI hearing aids come in ITE and RIC styles.
Miracle-EarENERGY hearing aids are a rechargeable option that should last all day when charged overnight. They feature directional microphone, voice recognition capabilities, Bluetooth compatibility and additional technology that supports an improved hearing experience. Miracle-EarENERGY hearing aids come in BTE, ITE and RIC styles.
Miracle-EarCONNECT hearing aids boasts Bluetooth compatibility that allows wearers to connect the hearing aids with personal devices like smartphones, tablets, computers and smart televisions. Miracle-EarCONNECT hearing aids come in BTE and RIC styles.
Miracle-Ear’s most affordable hearing aid option, Miracle-EarEASY hearing aids are—as the name suggests—easy to use. They use disposable batteries and include features that support a seamless hearing experience, such as a directional microphone and feedback cancellation, speech isolation and noise reduction technology. Miracle-EarEASY hearing aids come in BTE and RIC styles.
A pair of Miracle-Ear hearing aids tend to cost between $1,000 and $4,000, according to the company. Hearing aid prices depend on the device selected, the level of technology it features, any custom fitting required by a hearing health professional and servicing or care provided after purchasing.
Miracle-Ear does accept health insurance from a number of major providers. Visit any Miracle-Ear location near you to confirm whether the company accepts your health insurance plan to help cover the cost of hearing aids. Miracle-Ear also offers financing options at many of its locations.
In addition, the Miracle-Ear Foundation helps people with limited income and resources gain access to hearing aids through a program called Our Gift of Sound. It offers free hearing aids and accompanying services to people who otherwise cannot afford them. Anyone interested in benefiting from the Miracle-Ear Foundation’s services must pay a non-refundable fee of $150 to apply and meet specific criteria to qualify for the program.
Hearing aids may benefit people with hearing loss—whether mild or severe—that surgery or medication cannot treat, says Robin Caron, Au.D., an audiologist based in Fort Worth, Texas.
She notes that hearing aids come in different styles and technologies, and the best type depends on the needs of the person seeking treatment. For this reason, she adds that even though hearing aids are now available over the counter, people who have never worn hearing aids before should consult an audiologist or hearing health professional who can help them choose the hearing aid that’s best suited for their needs.
According to Dr. Carson, RIC hearing aids, the most popular hearing aid style, are flexible and well-suited for nearly all degrees of hearing loss. Each model of Miracle-Ear hearing aid comes in an RIC option.
Miracle-Ear isn’t accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), but it does maintain an A+ rating on the website. With only three reviews posted on the BBB, it’s difficult to determine how the brand fares in terms of average customer satisfaction, but complaints report issues with whistling-like feedback in the hearing aids soon after purchasing them.
Meanwhile, Miracle-Ear maintains an average customer rating of 4.6 out of five stars on Consumer Affairs, but the brand is considered an “authorized partner” with the website, potentially affecting the ways in which it shares reviews. Plenty of reviews are positive, sharing notes like, “Had hearing aids for five years and never heard so well. So happy with the results. Would recommend these to anyone with a hearing loss. Don’t put it off. Great experience for us and my wife is very happy.” However, it’s not as easy to view the more critical reviews on the website. For more information, ask your audiologist about their experience with Miracle-Ear hearing aids and whether they recommend them for your situation and why.
Miracle-Ear hearing aids tend to offer good sound quality and are a discreet option for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. Visit one of Miracle-Ear’s 1,500 locations nationwide to talk to a hearing health professional about these hearing aids and ask any specific questions you might have about purchasing a pair. Miracle-Ear offers a 30-day trial, so if the hearing aids don’t work for you, you can return them for a full refund.
Miracle-Ear is its own hearing aid brand, manufacturing four series of hearing aids that include BTE, ITE and RIC styles.
Original Medicare doesn’t cover the costs associated with hearing aids, but Medicare Advantage plans can help with such expenses, depending on the private insurance provider and details of the specific plan.
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Frances Gatta is a freelance health writer with experience covering health care technology, general health, mental health, femtech and personalized nutrition for companies and publications like Oura, Healthline, Remedy Health Media, Frontier Communications, Levels Health and more.
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