Siemens styles: At the Core of A Strong Company
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For many people with sensorineural and other types of hearing loss, shopping for a hearing aid that's right for them can be time-consuming and stressful. Not only are there multiple big-name hearing aid manufacturers, but each manufacturer has a variety of models to choose from.
Every hearing aid manufacturer has something to recommend them. Beltone1 has more than 1,300 locations in the U.S. and provides excellent customer service. Starkey is the world's largest hearing aid manufacturer and were the first to offer their customers a warranties and free trials on their products. Phonak is based in Switzerland and their entry-level hearing aids have six channels. Siemens, the manufacturer in question for this article, has been the biggest hearing aid manufacturer in the United States for more than 125 years and offers a variety of hearing aid models with various features.
Those 125+ years began in 1878 when the late, great Werner Von Siemens invented a telephone-like device for hearing-impaired patients. That device was called the Phonophor2 and is coined as 'the first technical solution for hearing loss'. Siemens started main production of their various styles of commercial hearing instruments in 1910 and since then they have been iterating and innovating at a rapid pace. In 1949, a year when many now existing hearing aid companies didn't even exist, Siemens introduced the first-of-its-kind pocket-sized hearing aid device style. Now their latest model in 2012 is an advanced technology that remains invisible to others. The CEO and President of Siemens Audiology Solutions is Doctor Roger Radke. He runs the business from their main headquarters in Germany.
Official Phone Number & Complete Contact Information
Corporate Headquarters Address:
Official Fax Machine Number: +49 89 636-34242
Official Telephone Number: +49 89 636-00
Contact Email Address: Contact@siemens.com
The Website Homepage: http://www.siemens.com/
Quality vs Other Brands
It's hard to determine the quality of an organization as a whole when they have so many products to offer. As such, I've detailed below the plethora of hearing aids which Siemens is currently offering, with some information about what makes each one unique (or not), and what consumers have to say about them. But for now, I will concentrate on other aspects of Siemens as a company.
While it wasn't always so, most hearing aid manufacturers nowadays give their customers a two-year warranty at the time of purchase. Siemens has one-upped them on this, providing their customers with three years of protection. Siemens products also typically have more available channels than other leading brands.
Other brands, such as Oticon3, have better designs, giving their customers more choice as to the color, shape, and style of their hearing aids.
And, of course, the quality of your hearing aid experience also lies in the capabilities of the person fitting you for the device, so be sure to choose wisely.
It's important to note before delving into this topic that, as a whole, hearing aids are rather expensive pieces of technology, no matter how small they come.
On average, Siemens' high-end hearing aids cost about $6000 a pair, and their low-end hearing aids cost about $3200. That's all good and well, but how do they compare to other hearing aid manufacturers?
Older hearing aids - ones that are larger and often analog rather than digital, can start around $600 and go up to about $1500.
Digital hearing aids are much more expensive. The prices for these usually start at around $1400 and often go up to $3000 dollars or more, depending on the brand and technology. The most expensive types of hearing aids, which can cost $5000 or more, are ones featuring the open-style.
As one of the most well-known and technologically advanced manufacturers of hearing aids, Siemens' prices seem about average. And remember: the more you pay, the better the hearing aid will typically be. The extra money goes toward such features as smaller size, more sophisticated features (wind blocker, Bluetooth to your cell phone and music player), and ease of use. You may be able to find better prices elsewhere, but you may pay the price in quality. Keep in mind, however, that the price of a certain model of hearing aid will vary based on the merchant from whom you buy it. Next we look at different types of models, beginning with behind-the-ear.