We all have our favorite, go-to brands, right? But, at some point, there are Davids to every Goliaths and Nano hearing aids assume the role of a small-time yet “powerful” unit that poses a good fight to the existing MAJOR hearing aid brands.
Nano hearing aids are primarily marketed as AFFORDABLE hearing instruments. Is Nano a good hearing aid? How long do Nano hearing aids last?
These are just some of the questions we get about Nano hearing aids and we are here to answer them. Ready? Let’s go...
Nowadays, shopping is as easy as clicking “add to cart.” Instead of having to go physically to a store, you have the luxury of “browsing” and “comparing” products with just a roll of a mouse or some swiping motions of your fingers.
Who ever imagined that there would come a time when hearing aids can be PURCHASED online? Nano hearing aids are just one of the MANY available hearing aids that can be purchased online.
Aside from being too-good-to-be-true AFFORDABLE, Nano hearing aids claim to render BETTER VALUE and LONGEVITY compared to leading brands in the market. As expected, consumers who want to save a few bucks are attracted to these kinds of products.
Purchasing Nano hearing aids online is as easy as 1-2-3. Pay via credit card, FREE shipping for orders in the U.S. PLUS a 45-day money back guarantee.
So this now leads us to the question -
From a penny-pincher’s point of view, Nano hearing aids MAY be a great purchase! Nano hearing aids all have it spelled out - economical, convenient, hassle-free. No need to step out of the house and go to an audiologist’s clinic. BUT - yes there are two sides of a coin - from an audiologist’s point of view, we would like to differ.
Let us ask you - have you ever experienced the “expectation vs reality” online syndrome? Yes, we made that term-up but we’re pretty sure you are familiar with this phenomena. You find a really nice barbeque grill ONLINE - it’s affordable and has FREE shipping so you add to cart and purchase in less than 5 minutes. When the package arrives, you realize that it’s TOO SMALL and can only hold meat for 2 persons.
This leads us to say that - As audiologists, we FIRMLY believe in the importance of REAL EAR MEASUREMENT. With this procedure, we can assure accurate and tailor-fit hearing aids to address each patient’s UNIQUE hearing needs.And Nano hearing aids obviously cannot offer REAL EAR MEASUREMENT, most especially if you buy them ONLINE.
If you are planning to buy Nano hearing aids, you need to know the RISK you are going to take. Nano hearing aids MAY address your hearing needs (and we’re not sure whether comprehensively or just the tip of the iceberg) OR it may not address it AT ALL. If the latter happens, you’ll realize that the money you spent went to WASTE.And now you’re wallowing in regret thinking “I should have went to an audiologist..” or “I should have gotten a hearing test first..” or something to the tune of that.
In short, if you were to ask US, you SHOULD get checked by an audiologist to get the RIGHT hearing loss treatment without WASTING money on hit-or-miss products - Nano hearing aids, we’re looking at you. Okay, hold up - you might think that this is a biased write-up. To be fair enough, we’ll give you a brief overview of Nano hearing aids and we’ll also include a few of their “best-sellers” as well. And then, we’ll let you decide after.
In 2017, Nano Hearing Aids was founded by Robert Carlson. It was said to be inspired by his grandmother, who lost one of her hearing aids and had extra budget to replace it. Nano hearing aids marketed itself as an online hearing company, promoting “hearing aids without the middleman.”
In our understanding, the “middleman” refers to an audiologist, hearing specialist or at the very least, hearing aid dispenser. Put simply, Nano Hearing Aids promotes buying hearing aids without consulting an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser. Just like buying a set of veneers online without consulting a dentist... Will it fit? Will it look good or will I look like a new cast for Alvin and the Chipmunks? Same goes for buying Nano hearing aids. Will I hear better? Will it help me communicate better? Why trust a product that gives you a whole lot of QUESTION MARKS when you can get one that can solve your problems efficiently - PERIOD.
On the bright side, Nano Hearing Aids promotes on their website that their hearing aids have different program and volume settings that users can mix and match for optimal hearing. But ask yourself - are you confident in mixing and matching the program and volume settings without any DEEP know-how on hearing aids? It’s just like giving a child a PlayStation and telling them “go play what you want.”
The one thing that brings home the bacon for Nano hearing aids is that it claims that an audiogram is NOT NEEDED to enjoy their hearing gadgets. This has really raised a lot of eyebrows in the hearing aid industry because an AUDIOGRAM is considered to be the Holy Grail when it comes to successful prescription of hearing aids. Your hearing aids should be programmed for your custom hearing profile.
We’ve already established that Nano hearing aids are AFFORDABLE. But how affordable is affordable? Based on their website, Nano hearing aids range between $397 to $799.
Nano CIC is tagged to be the most saleable product of Nano hearing aids. CIC means completely-in-canal which means that the item is designed to fit snugly in the ear canal.Nano CIC is available in rechargeable and digital models. CICs are recommended for individuals who want discreet hearing aids, but you might want to check out the cons: • you need to use a screwdriver to adjust the volume • small battery door; tricky battery replacement • short battery life (expected since the battery is small) • prone to earwax build up
The Nano X2 is another popular model of Nano hearing aids.
It has a behind-the-ear (BTE) design and the earbuds sit inside the ear canal.BTE models are bigger and offer longer battery life. T
he parts are easier to adjust and the batteries are easier to replace.
One primary con of BTE Nano hearing aids is that it’s far from being discreet.
We have nothing against Nano hearing aids. BUT, we at Ontario Hearing Centers BELIEVE in thorough hearing testing and assessment to ensure that the hearing aids you acquire, regardless of the brand or price tag, will FIT you and SERVE you well to help you enjoy a better quality of life.
Ontario Hearing Centers provide flexible options and bundles if you are trying to save a few bucks. We are committed to give you the BEST customer service, incomparable to any other hearing clinics in the Rochester, NY area.
Bottomline is, purchasing Nano hearing aids is absolutely up to YOU. However, our team at Ontario Hearing Centers believe in the process of hearing assessment before fitting hearing aids.