Signia and Widex are two hearing aid manufacturers that offer purchasers an opportunity to listen to the world as it is, while also providing a wide range of options. Both companies are riding the wave of technological advances that have practically turned hearing aids into smartphone accessories, but they have their share of differences as well. Let's compare these two popular brands.
Hearing What Nature Intended with Signia
A complaint that some hearing aid users make is that there is alteration of the tonal quality of sound that the devices send to the wearer’s ears. Signia’s intent is to correct that issue and provide the user with real-world sound that has been unaltered except for what’s required to overcome hearing loss. The overall result is to restore a natural audial environment similar to what the wearer would experience if there were no hearing loss at all.
It can also be rather irritating, perhaps even unsettling, to hear the sound of your own voice echoing back at you in an unfamiliar way. Research has shown that this can lessen speaking confidence, discourage conversation and contribute to social isolation. Signia’s new line of hearing aids features the company’s Own Voice Processing technology to combat the “Do I really sound like that?” effect. OVP has shown itself to be successful at overcoming this negative effect in clinical studies. User feedback also points to the success of OVP in getting people talking again and enjoying an increase in socialization.
Easing Into Your New Audial Experience With Widex
Widex makes a claim similar to Signia’s regarding the wearer’s ability to hear natural sound, but the company places a greater focus on its advanced apps and features. The Widex Acclimatization Program enables first-time hearing device users an opportunity to ease into their experience of processing the new sounds that are coming their way. This is a highly-recommended feature in product reviews and user comments.
The company’s Zen program also gets positive reviews for its ability to mask the effects of tinnitus, which is sometimes called “ringing in the ears.” For those users who need to improve their ability to hear sounds at the upper end of the frequency range, Widex designed its Audibility Extender feature to bring more high-pitched sounds to the user’s ears.
Widex has three model types that can be customized in different ways. The three basic models, the Unique, Beyond and Evoke, range between $1,200 and $2,400, but after additional features are included through the model’s subcategories, the pricing could reach over $3,000 before discounts. For those purchasers who may have budget concerns, Widex offers a plan that enables first-time users a way to advance through three levels of product functionality and pricing. Like Widex, Signia offers a wide range of model choices and the pre-discount prices are about $1,000 to $3,400 for a feature-packed device.
Before we get to the bottom line, here's a quick recap of how Widex and Signia stack up against in each other:
|Manufacturer||Transaction Type||Model Types||Price and Financing||Special Features||Notes|
|Widex||No direct-purchase for online options.|
Warrantied purchases are made through authorized dealers after a professional face-to-face diagnostic evaluation.
|Prices are not listed on company website.|
Prices may range between $1,200 and $3,500 depending on model and features.
|First-time user acclimatization Program|
Zen Program tinnitus masking
Audibility Extender for high-frequency sounds
|30-day trial period|
Highly transparent warranty program
Broad price range with both premium and budget options
Wide range of models to choose from
|Signia||Models sold through hearing aid stores and hearing care professionals after face-to-face diagnostic evaluation.|
Online purchases from unauthorized sellers are strongly discouraged.
|Prices range from about $1,200 to $3,500.||OVP technology to prevent speaking issues|
TV and music streaming
Remote control including “key-ring” discreet control
Notch Therapy tinnitus masking
|Company is committed to providing users with the most natural-sounding hearing experience.|
Wide range of models to choose from
The myHearing App provides access to a hearing care professional.
Both the Widex and the Signia product lines have comparable features. The two companies offer the full range of state of the art functions. You’ll find both manufacturers offering iPhone and mobile device connectivity, music and TV streaming, a range of specialized apps and tinnitus-masking capabilities.
Signia may appeal to some first-time users as the stand-out choice due to its Own Voice Processing technology that can have a significant effect on restoring the wearer’s speaking confidence. Helping to prevent hearing-loss induced social withdrawal may be viewed by many users as a game-changing selling point.
Widex, however, can boast of its well-received Acclimation Program feature. It allows new users to break into their new audial environment at their own pace.
Regardless of the choice of manufacturer, purchasers can count on the full range of industry standard options plus some company-specific features, such as Signia’s OVP technology and the Widex Acclimation Program.