PRIVATE LABEL HEARING AIDS
About 7 Hearing Aid Manufacturers in the United States assemble the vast majority of all hearing aids sold. It is a common practice, for marketing purposes, to "Prive Label" or "Private Brand" a hearing aid, which means assigning a name to the product other than the Manufacturer.
Examples are: Miracle Ear, Beltone,NuEar,Audibel,Sonus,HearX,to name just a few.Almost all hearing aids sold today are what are called Programmable, either with Digital Signal Processing, or Analog Signal Processing.There is no such thing as a "100 % DIGITAL" hearing aid, since the Microphone and Receiver (speaker) are always Analog, and have to be.Every hearing aid sold is furnished with a Repair and Loss & Damage Provision Warranty.The Private Brand hearing aids can only be serviced by Participating Dealers, which results in the Consumer being at the mercy (No Competition) of such Dealers. They can charge whatever the traffic will bear to repair the hearing aids and whatever they want to replace the hearing aids, under the Warranty Provisions, since there is no competition.
Propriety Software is required to adjust such hearing aids and is not available to independent dealers.Any Hearing Aid Dealer can have their own Brand Name placed on the shell resulting in only that Dealer knowing what Electronics are on the inside.Insist on a copy of the programming software. BUYER BEWARE