Best for Low-Cost Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Audicus is an online retailer offering some of the most affordable hearing aids available. Audicus is a top hearing aid provider because its offerings rise above comparable low-cost products, with low-cost hearing aids that still deliver industry-best features, including Bluetooth connectivity. Major hearing aid company Sonova owns this brand, and U.S.-based Unitron manufactures its devices.

Audicus can offer such competitive prices because they ‘cut out the middlemen’ by selling directly to consumers via their website, Audicus.com. Unlike many direct-to-consumer providers, Audicus pre-programs its hearing aids for each consumer by allowing buyers to upload their audiogram results to the website. Prospective customers can also take Audicus’ own free, online hearing test that can also be used for device programming.

Audicus offers one basic hearing aid that retails for less than $1,000 per pair and several premium devices. Consumers who purchase Audicus’ premier Clara hearing aid can add custom upgrades during checkout to make their hearing aids rechargeable or expand their volume and capacity for sound adjustment affordably. The Wave, Spirit, and Omni are entirely Bluetooth enabled, and The Wave remains one of the most affordable Bluetooth hearing aids on the market.

What You Should Know About Audicus Hearing Aids

  • Budget-friendly hearing aids: Audicus offers some of the most affordable hearing devices on the market. Thanks to its direct online sales model, Audicus was able to cut the costs of their hearing aids by 70%.
  • Advanced technology: Although Audicus hearing aids are affordable, they also offer cutting-edge features like rechargeability, adaptive directional sounds, and Bluetooth streaming.
  • Good lineup of hearing devices: Audicus hearing aids range from Bluetooth-enabled devices to invisible design models to classic behind-the-ear (BTE) aids.
  • Attractive membership program: Signing up with the Audicus Plus membership program will earn you several perks like new hearing aid models every 18 months and a dedicated phone line for support.
  • Financing options available: Audicus offers multiple payment plan options to ensure you get high-quality hearing aids without compromising certain features.

Audicus Audiologist Safety Score

Caring.com worked with two expert audiologists to research and evaluate popular hearing aid brands for safety. The resulting Safety Scores are calculated using a system of three core metrics and 11 subcategories covering access to professional care, accuracy of the brands’ hearing tests, and more. You can find a detailed explanation of Caring.com’s Hearing Aid Safety Scores by reading our Methodology.

Audicus Safety Score:

Hearing Test & Consultation:
Audicus offers an accessible online hearing test which our audiologists rated as moderately accurate. Patients may also upload their own audiogram results. Licensed audiologists are available to provide support remotely or in-person at one of three brick and mortar locations.

Fitting & Follow-Up Care:
Audicus hearing aids are custom-programmed and include free adjustments for the life of the device. However, only one model is enabled for remote adjustments; all other models must be sent in for repairs or taken to one of three brick and mortar locations.

Device Safety:
While Audicus is fully licensed by the FDA, not enough documentation was provided to ensure that industry-leading safety measures, including safe decibel limiting, were utilized.

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Audicus Hearing Aid Models

Features

The Dia II 

The Clara 

The Aura 

The Wave

The Spirit

The Omni

Max Decibels

56dB (slim tube)

47dB (standard receiver) 57dB (power receiver)

111 dB

RIC

Fit Type

BTE

RIC

CIC

RIC

RIC

111 dB

Rechargeable

No

Yes (optional upgrade)

No

Yes (optional upgrade)

Yes

Yes

Battery Size

312

312

10

312

Rechargeable lithium-ion

Rechargeable lithium-ion

Bluetooth Enabled

No

Yes (with added accessories)

No

Yes (direct Bluetooth streaming)

Yes (direct Bluetooth streaming)

Yes (direct Bluetooth streaming)

Directional Microphone

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Noise Reduction

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Feedback Reduction

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Telecoil

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Auto Adjusts to Changing Environments

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Physical Volume Button

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pricing (single ear/both ears)

$499/$998

$749/$1,498

$699/$1,398

$949/$1,898

$1,399/$2,798

$1,699/$3,398

Audicus Hearing Aid Models

The Dia II

Though temporarily discontinued, Audicus has brought back The Dia II, and it remains an extremely popular option for its high-quality features at an affordable price. When Audicus reintroduced The Dia II, it even lowered the price further. The Dia II is a discreet, behind-the-ear hearing aid for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. This device comes in three colors and provides a maximum of 56 decibels of sound, eight programmable channels, and about 140 hours of battery life. The Dia II currently retails at $499 for a single hearing aid or $998 for a set. 

The Dia II Highlights:

Device Type: BTE

Battery Type: Size 312 batteries

Standout Features: Affordable price

Custom Programming: Pre-programmed by expert audiologists

Cost: $499/ear, $998/pair

Pros and Cons of Audicus’ Dia II:

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Automatically adapts to the environment
  • Excellent speech clarity
  • Includes eight processing channels

Cons:

  • No rechargeable batteries
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

The Clara

The Clara is suitable for people with mild to severe hearing loss. About the size of an almond, this tiny receiver-in-canal device can deliver 47 to 57 decibels of amplification depending on whether consumers select the Standard or Power Receiver on checkout. For an additional $50 per ear, shoppers have the option to choose an Enhanced Clarity upgrade to increase their number of programmable channels from eight to twelve. For an additional $200 per ear, you can upgrade the Clara to be compatible with the Audicus Rechargeable Dock, which removes the need to change the batteries.

The Clara is available in five colors and retails at a base price of $699 for a single hearing aid or $1,398 for a set. Payment plans are available for devices purchased directly through Audicus at as little as $39 per month.

The Clara Highlights:

Device Type: RIC

Battery Type: Size 312 batteries

Standout Features: Discreet micro-design

Custom Programming: Pre-programmed by expert audiologists

Cost: $749/ear, $1,498/pair

Pros and Cons of Audicus’ Clara:

Pros:

  • Tiny and sleek design
  • Automatically adjusts to your environment
  • Two directional microphones for better speech clarity
  • Good sealing that prevents squealing
  • Available Enhanced Clarity upgrade

Cons:

  • Bluetooth connectivity requires an accessory
  • Additional cost for rechargeable batteries

The Aura

pair of audicus aura hearing aids

The Aura is an extra-discreet hearing aid featuring “a revolutionary micro-design.” This CIC device sits comfortably inside the wearer’s ear canal, so it’s virtually invisible to others. Despite its small design, The Aura’s programming focuses on speech for more effortless conversations, and its rubber domes- available in various sizes- are designed to reduce excess sound. The Aura uses a size 10 battery, which lasts up to a week.

Aura hearing aids cost $699 per ear or $1,398 per pair. The monthly subscription price starts at $49 per month.

The Aura Highlights:

Device Type: CIC

Battery Type: Size 10 batteries

Standout Features: Discreet micro-design

Custom Programming: Pre-programmed by expert audiologists

Cost: $699/ear, $1,398/pair

Pros and Cons of Audicus’ Aura:

Pros:

  • Invisible micro-design
  • Ergonomic form for all-day comfort
  • Earwax guard to prevent earwax from entering the device
  • Affordable CIC hearing aids

Cons:

  • No Bluetooth connectivity
  • No physical buttons for volume adjustment

The Wave

Audicus’ newest model, The Wave, offers industry-best tech at an affordable price. The Wave features the most advanced tech that Audicus has ever offered with complete Bluetooth capabilities for streaming directly from your smartphone. The Wave also features an optional rechargeable battery ($300), two directional microphones, ten different volume settings, and more. 

The nearly-invisible Wave retails for $949 per ear or $1,898 for a pair, making it one of the most affordable Bluetooth hearing aids on the market.

The Wave Highlights:

Device Type: RIC

Battery Type: Size 312 batteries or rechargeable lithium-Ion battery

Standout Features: Direct Bluetooth streaming

Custom Programming: Pre-programmed by expert audiologists

Cost: $949/ear, $1,898/pair

Pros and Cons of Audicus’ Wave:

Pros:

  • Advanced Bluetooth technology with direct streaming capabilities
  • Excellent sound quality and speech clarity
  • Miscellaneous features like Tinnitus masker and music equalizer
  • Rechargeable batteries are available

Cons:

  • More expensive than many of Audicus’ hearing aids lineup
  • Rechargeable batteries cost more

The Spirit

Audicus’ The Spirit is one of the company’s most advanced hearing aid models. The Spirit takes the technology of Audicus’ Wave hearing aid to the next level with remote care capabilities. Spirit wearers have unlimited access to audiologists for remote care and adjustments via the Audicus mobile app, giving them complete control over their hearing aids’ sound, even when on-the-go. Fortunately, the on-demand remote care comes with the base price of The Spirit. Plus, this hearing aid includes full Bluetooth support and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. 

The Spirit is Audicus’ most expensive offering at $2,798 per pair. For Audicus Plus members, the Spirit is available for a starting price of $89 a month.

The Spirit Highlights:

Device Type: RIC

Battery Type: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Standout Features: On-demand audiologist adjustments

Custom Programming: Remote adjustment via smartphone app

Cost: $1,399/ear, $2,798/pair

Pros and Cons of Audicus’ Spirit:

Pros:

  • On-demand Audiologist adjustments via the smartphone app
  • Direct-streaming Bluetooth support
  • Two directional microphones for detecting speech
  • Tinnitus masker and telecoil available by request
  • Auto-adaptive programs that adjust to your environment

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive offerings by the company
  • Not suitable for mild hearing loss

The Omni

The Omni is Audicus’ most advanced and feature-rich available to date. Like many high-end aids, The Omni supports direct-streaming binaural Bluetooth connectivity and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. What makes The Omni stand out is its cutting-edge Adaptive-Directional Sound technology that reduces background noise and detects incoming speech. Like the other high-end offering, The Spirit, you don’t need in-person audiologist visits with The Omni since adjustments can be made through the smartphone app.

At $1,699 per ear and $3,398 for a pair, The Omni is easily the most expensive product by Audicus.

The Omni Highlights:

Device Type: RIC

Battery Type: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Standout Features: Adaptive-Directional Sound Technology

Custom Programming: Remote adjustment via smartphone app

Cost: $1,699/ear, $3,398/pair

Pros and Cons of Audicus’ Omni:

Pros:

  • Remote adjustments by expert audiologists via the app
  • Full, direct-streaming via Bluetooth
  • Most realistic and high-quality sound
  • Adaptive-directional microphones for speech detection and noise reduction
  • Rechargeable batteries at no extra cost

Cons:

  • The most expensive Audicus hearing aid
  • Remote calibrations may yield not-so-optimal results

Buying Hearing Aids from Audicus

Before purchasing, Audicus must verify if you indeed require a hearing aid. You can pass this requirement by submitting the results of a previous hearing test or completing the company’s free online hearing test. Either way, you don’t have to visit a local audiologist or doctor, which is highly convenient.

The Audicus team of experts, led by a neuroscience engineer, has spent two years testing, designing, and verifying the science behind its online hearing test. Using sophisticated fitting and error-detection algorithms, the Audicus team has created an online hearing test that’s accurate enough to program custom hearing aids.

First, the Audicus online hearing test website will ask for your identification, including an email address and phone number. This creates your profile, so your results are personalized. The hearing test will require you to wear headphones or earbuds for accuracy. It will take about 15-20 minutes to complete the test, with the results instantly sent to you via email. The email also includes a free consultation with the company’s expert audiologists.

When checking out, you have several payment options: paying in full, through financing via Care Credit and Allegro, or by leasing via Audicus Plus. After finalizing the transaction online, Audicus will ship your brand-new hearing aids to your specified address.

Audicus Mobile App and Accessories

Audicus Smartphone App

The Audicus Smartphone App works for three of its higher-end hearing aids, the Wave, Spirit, and Omni. While these devices can work with smartphones without the app via Bluetooth, this optional free mobile app can provide numerous functionalities including:

  • Volume control: Remotely adjust the volume of your aids through the app.
  • Change programs: Let’s you toggle between six different available listening programs.
  • Toggle mute/unmute: Remotely mute and unmute your hearing aids.
  • Sound Customization: Calibrate the sound of your hearing aids through the 3-band equalizer (if available).
  • Remote adjustments: Receive remote adjustments for Spirit and Omni from Audicus audiologists through the app.
  • Customize programs: Personalize your hearing programs with features like Reduced Noise and Enhanced Speech to suit your needs.
  • Care notifications: Receive tips on how to care for your aids via notifications.
  • Device status: Check information about your aids such as battery life and wearing time.

Audicus Accessories

UV Dry Box

The UV Dry Box helps keep Audicus hearing aids dry and sanitized. When hearing aids are not being worn, they can be placed in the UV dry box to remove built-up moisture. Dry Boxes retail at $65 each.

Bluetooth Remote and Dock

With the Bluetooth remote, users can make their Clara hearing aid(s) Bluetooth compatible. Using the remote, Clara hearing aid wearers can stream sound directly to their hearing aids from a TV, computer, smartphone or other Bluetooth enabled device. The Bluetooth remote can also be used to adjust the volume and settings of an Audicus device. Included with the Bluetooth remote is a Bluetooth dock that charges the remote and also transmits sound directly to Clara hearing aids from other devices.

The Bluetooth dock and remote retail at $349 for both, and the Bluetooth dock alone is $149. However, the remote is required in order to use the dock. The Bluetooth remote is covered by the 30-day manufacturer’s warranty.

Classic Remote

The classic remote controls both Audicus Clara and Dia II hearing aids. With the remote, wearers will be able to change programs, adjust the volume on their hearing aid(s) and choose custom programs such as tinnitus masking and telecoil. The classic remote is about the size of a key fob so it’s small enough to fit in a pocket or purse. For those who prefer to wear their remote instead, it comes with a belt clip. Audicus synchronizes the remote to hearing aids before shipment. The classic remote retails at $199 and comes with a 30-day manufacturer’s warranty.

Earwax Guard

This accessory is a small plastic piece that attaches to the end of your Audicus hearing aids. It acts as a barrier that prevents earwax buildup on or inside the hearing device, extending its life span. Otherwise, earwax buildup on or in your hearing aid may result in potential malfunction or permanent damage. Earwax guards for many different Audicus hearing aids retail for $20 for a 16-piece pack.

Audicus Hearing Aid Warranties and Repairs

Warranties

Audicus offers a full one-year manufacturer’s warranty on both hearing aids. As long as the device has not been modified or damaged by the wearer, the serial number is not altered, and/or repairs have not been made without Audicus’ knowledge or consent, it will cover any defective hearing aid(s) under warranty. In addition, unlimited reprogramming is also included in the warranty.

A 30-day manufacturer’s warranty also covers the company’s classic and Bluetooth remotes if they prove to be defective. Wearers who believe they have a faulty hearing aid or remote should complete Audicus’ return form.

Although the manufacturer’s warranty does not cover loss or user damage, Audicus offers a 10% discount when purchasing a new pair of hearing aids. This discount is only valid for six months from the date the customer receives their hearing aids.

In addition to the free one-year manufacturer’s warranty, customers can purchase Audicus Protect, a subscription model for two years of hearing aid protection. It includes unlimited repairs, unlimited cleaning and care, and a one-time loss replacement. This extended warranty will cost $12 per month for one hearing aid and $24 per month for a set of hearing aids. The company also offers Audicus Care at $12 per month to cover battery replacements and other tools and supplies to maintain your device. Customers who wish to buy Audicus Protect must do so within 60 days of purchasing their hearing aid(s).

Repairs

To repair your non-functioning hearing aids, you must send your device to Audicus. However, the company recommends some DIY steps, such as changing the batteries or cleaning the aid, before sending it in for repairs.

For repairs, you must first call Audicus support at 855-971-0451, and you’ll receive an order number and instructions on how to ship your aid. After sending your hearing aid(s) and evaluation of the Audicus team, you have the following options:

  • Repair: The technical team will clean and check your hearing aids for defects. The cost to repair one device is $40, and $50 for a pair. The repair process may take 1-2 days to complete.
  • Manufacturer repair: Hearing aids with significant damage may require a more extensive repair. Manufacturer repairs will cost you $199 per aid, and may take 7-14 days to complete.
  • Replacement: If your hearing aids are irreparable, you can trade in your aid for a brand-new model. The trade-in value is calculated based on the current age and condition of your device.

If you have purchased the Audicus Protect add-on, all repairs are free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions About Audicus Hearing Aids

How much do Audicus hearing aids cost?

Audicus hearing aids are some of the most affordable hearing devices on the market. The most affordable unit, The Dia II, starts at $499 per ear and $998 for a pair. Meanwhile, the most expensive model, The Omni, starts at $1,699 per ear and $3,398 for a pair.

Is Audicus a reputable hearing aid brand?

All signs point to yes. For starters, Audicus is a company owned by Sonova, one of the global leaders in hearing care solutions, and also manufactures hearing aids by Phonak and Unitron. Furthermore, the company is a BBB accredited business with an A+ rating and has been operating since 2010. Plus, all Audicus hearing aids are FDA-approved.

Can I buy Audicus hearing aids online?

Yes! Although Audicus has several brick-and-mortar locations across the United States, its primary business model is direct online sales. In fact, it’s how the company managed to sell its hearing aids for budget-friendly prices. All steps are completed online, from your hearing tests to the purchase process, and the company will deliver your hearing aids straight to your doorstep.

Do Audicus hearing aids have Bluetooth?

Yes, but not all models have Bluetooth. The three most affordable units, Dia II, Aura, and Clara, don’t have built-in Bluetooth support. However, The Clara hearing aid buyers can select a separate Bluetooth lanyard for $299. On the other hand, the higher-end models, Spirit, Wave, and Omni, have native Bluetooth support without accessories.

Is an Audicus Plus membership worth it?

Audicus Plus is the company’s membership program that costs $99/month. As a result, you’ll receive benefits like a free hearing aid model every 18 months, free maintenance and repairs, and a dedicated support team. If you like the idea of getting a new pair of aids every 18 months and not having to worry about repair and maintenance costs, then yes. Fortunately, you may cancel anytime if you feel it’s not worth it anymore.

Are Audicus hearing aids rechargeable?

Except for the Dia II and Aura models, Audicus hearing aids have built-in or upgradeable rechargeable batteries. The Clara and Wave have 312 batteries by default, which can be upgraded to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, while the Spirit and Omni have built-in rechargeable batteries. The hearing aid rechargeable batteries can last up to 16 hours and require 3-5 hours to recharge.

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