by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A man asked,
Have you ever heard of Rexton hearing aids? A new hearing dispenser opened up in Springfield, Ohio and she tells me she has the perfect hearing aid for profound hearing loss and guarantees I would hear 100% better. She tells me that I might not be able understand all the words, but the hearing aids would be a big improvement over the hearing aids I now wear. She is willing to give me 60-day trial period. If I am not satisfied with the new ones, I can return them for a full refund. May I ask your opinion about the Rexton hearing aids?
Rexton hearing aids have been around for a long time. The company started manufacturing hearing aids way back in 1956 so they have stood the test of time. The Rexton brand is currently owned by Siemens—so there is nothing wrong with that brand at all.
When someone tells you that a certain hearing aid is perfect for you—and since nothing is perfect in this world—that raises a red flag with me. Just go in with your eyes open. It may be a wonderful fit, or may not be. So much depends of the skill of the person fitting the hearing aid.
Here is the key statement from your dispenser, “She tells me that I might not be able understand all the words, but the hearing aids would be a big improvement over the hearing aids I now wear.” Now this is more like it. This statement may well be true. And this is the results you want—not perfection, which is unattainable—but to hear much better.
I’ve not heard bad things about Rexton hearing aids. Try them and see how well they work for you. However, I’d bet that there are a number of other brands that could also do much the same thing. Don’t get hung up on the name on the aids. The proof is in the pudding so they say. Therefore, get the hearing aids that work the best for you and have the features you want/need.
As I said before, much of your satisfaction with any aids depends on the skill of the dispenser in adjusting them to your specific loss. For example, cheap aids in the hands of a skilled fitter can outperform expensive aids fitted by an inexperienced dispenser.
Your best bet to to try 2 or 3 different brands and see which one you like the best. It may be you’ll love Rexton, but if you don’t compare it with other brands, you’ll never know which brand you like the best.