How Widex Works
Widex is a family business founded in 1956. All Widex hearing aids are manufactured at its headquarters in Lynge, Denmark, situated north of Copenhagen. Before it grew to become one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world, Widex was behind some of the earliest inventions in the space. According to the Washington University School of Medicine, it developed digitally programmable hearing devices in 1988 and released the market’s first fully digital hearing aid in 1996.
In 2019, Widex entered into an $8.3 billion merger with Singapore-based Sivantos, another industry giant. The combination resulted in WS Audiology, a company operating in more than 125 markets and employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. Its portfolio—which includes brands like Signia, Rexton, and Audio Service—generates around $1.91 billion in revenue annually, according to the company.
Its U.S. business operates as Widex USA, Inc., and is located in Hauppauge, New York.
How Much Do Widex Hearing Aids Cost?
Widex doesn’t sell its products directly to consumers, which is why it doesn’t share its pricing information publicly. As a result, prospective customers are left to get pricing information from the company’s network of hearing providers.
When mystery shopping for this review, we requested the average prices for Widex’s main hearing aid models. The company responded saying, “As a manufacturer, Widex works business to business and cannot discuss pricing. All pricing is determined through the hearing care provider of your choice.” However, we were able to uncover an average price range for each model: the Widex MOMENT series ranges from $1,950 to $3,600, depending on the model chosen. The EVOKE series ranges from $1,875 to $3,438. The UNIQUE series ranges from $1,500 to $3,000. Overall, Widex’s models generally range from $1,424 to $3,600, which is in line with market averages.
ZipHearing, which distributes Widex devices at hearing centers across the United States, has some price ranges available through its chat service. According to ZipHearing, Widex’s MOMENT and EVOKE models are $1,399 each for the 110 version, $1,499 for the 220 option, $1,799 for the 330 option, and $2,299 for the 440 option.
Are Widex Hearing Aids Covered by Insurance?
Insurance plans generally do not cover hearing aids, and neither does Original Medicare, per the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. However, some Medicare Advantage plans include coverage for hearing services and devices. A flexible spending account or health savings account might also reimburse you for hearing aid costs.
Some hearing specialists offer special financing programs with a monthly payment plan, so be sure to discuss that with the provider.
Widex’s hearing aids come with a 45-day money-back guarantee so that users can be refunded if they don’t like the product.
Widex Hearing Aids Warranties
Much like its pricing, details on Widex’s warranties are sparse. Specific terms vary by the model and dealer, but the company’s warranties generally range from one to three years and cover repairs, loss, and damage.
In a statement on its website, Widex says it only honors product warranties on authorized Widex dealers. So, be sure to refer to the list of Widex hearing aids dealers to select an approved hearing aid specialist.
Widex App and Accessories
Widex has dedicated apps for its MOMENT, EVOKE, and BEYOND models, allowing users to adjust programs and preferences through their Android and iOS devices. Its separate TONELINK app lets users adjust volume, sound settings, programs, and directional focus.
Widex sells a range of accessories to pair with its hearing aids:
- COM-DEX is a streaming device that allows users to stream up to eight hours from a mobile device to their hearing aids. Its companion product, COM-DEX Remote Mic, is great for improving conversations in noisy environments, like parties or car rides. With the COM-DEX app, users can manage programs, volume, sound levels, and directional focus.
- The RC-DEX remote control lets users activate and control the volume, programs, and other features of their hearing aids.
- For TV streaming, Widex offers TV DEX, a wireless assistive listening device, and TV Play, which provides direct stereo streaming to hearing aids.
- The Widex hearing aid dryer, PerfectDry Lux, sanitizes hearing aids in 45 minutes and uses a UV light to kill germs, bacteria, and fungi.
- The Widex Zen app is a relaxing sound player for tinnitus management, connecting to Widex hearing aids either through the streaming capability or via COM-DEX.
- There are two Widex hearing aid battery charger accessories: The standard charger for Widex’s rechargeable hearing aids provides a four-hour charge for a full day’s use and LED lights indicating charging status. The Charge N Clean charger offers the same capabilities as the standard charger plus a UV-C LED feature to eliminate bacteria, yeast, and viruses, as well as temperature stabilization to protect battery performance.
Widex Hearing Aids Customization
Custom hearing aids are available under the Widex CUSTOM lineup, covering ITE or in-the-canal designs. Customers can also order custom versions of the MOMENT and EVOKE hearing aids.
Customer Service and Satisfaction
Anyone who has questions about Widex’s hearing aids can reach out through a contact form on the company’s website. It also has a live chat service available on weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern time. We used the live chat several times, and it took the support representatives about a minute to respond, on average.
Widex also offers customers a REMOTE CARE service to get fine-tuning support, professional advice, and remote adjustments without the need to visit a hearing clinic in person.
Widex’s website has a wealth of information on each model, with downloadable user guides, brochures, technical data, and more documents. Prospective customers can also use the free Widex online hearing test to gauge their hearing levels.
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