We’ve completely reimagined the hearing aid, from its look and feel to how you get one. Here are four reasons why Eargos are just as cool as those trendy glasses you’ve come to love—and why we think you’ll love them too.
The New York Times has some feelings about hearing aids and the process of getting them. And we hear them.
In a recent op-ed, Times contributor Jennifer Finney Boylan writes about the stigma associated with hearing aids and hearing loss: Why aren’t they more affordable and easier to get? Why are people turning to personal sound amplification products—the reading glasses of hearing aids—that just don’t cut it for most people with hearing loss? And why aren’t they more stylish?
“Cool glasses? You’re Elton John,” she muses. “Hearing aids? You’re a little old lady.”
And while we absolutely understand why she’d think that, we also think her information is a little outdated. That’s why we want to set the record straight.
For as long as they’ve been around, hearing aids have been big, bulky, annoying to get, extremely visible, and not exactly cool looking. But we changed all that with direct-to-you, easy-to-use, comfortable, rechargeable, and virtually invisible hearing aids. Oh, and they’re also half the cost of traditional hearing aids.
Here are four reasons why Eargos are just as cool as trendy glasses—and why you’ll actually want to wear them.
1. No one will know you’re wearing them.
Glasses have become a fashion statement. They tell the world you can be trendy and smart. Hearing aids can be too—well, when they’re invisible. The problem? Most of them are the furthest thing from invisible. They’re either hanging out behind your ear for all to see, or plugging your ear in a “flesh-colored” hue that matches maybe 5% of actual skin tones. Eargos, however, sit inside the ear canal, and the only thing that’s visible to the naked eye is the tiny clear removal thread. And you’d be hard pressed to even spot that—unless you happen to prefer ear contact to eye contact during conversations, but that’s a different conversation altogether. On top of that, we designed the body of the hearing aid to be black, which looks cool and also helps the device fall into the shadows of your ear canal.
2. They look like any other cool tech gadget.
Eargos come in a sleek black charging case that keeps the hearing aids powered up, so they’re ready to take on-the-go during your busy day. Place Eargos in the case before bed to charge them overnight for 16 hours of uninterrupted sound. Need extra juice when you’re out and about? Carry your case with you, and on the way to dinner with friends or a big presentation, just pop them in for a quick charge. No more paying for or replacing those tiny hearing aid batteries. Instead of being embarrassed to pull these out in public, you can wear them with confidence. Don’t be surprised when people start asking you where you got your new favorite accessory.
3. They’re easy to get, easy to use, and easy to wear.
Just like you used to have to to visit an optometrist and get your eyes tested to get glasses (and then wait several weeks for them to arrive), you used to have to visit an audiologist and receive a thorough exam to get hearing aids. After that exam, the options for hearing aids are nothing to write home about. Not nearly as much fun as picking out the frames the best compliment your eyes in a trendy new boutique.
But with Eargo, you can order hearing aids online from the comfort of your home. On the couch. In your pajamas. (We don’t judge.) That’s because Eargos are designed for people with mild to severe high-frequency hearing loss—the type of hearing loss that’s caused by aging and living an active lifestyle—which covers a pretty broad spectrum. You’ll be connected with one of our licensed hearing professionals to talk about your hearing health, and our team will determine if Eargo is an option for your hearing loss or not. After you place your order, they’ll arrive on your doorstep in two to three days ready to go. And trust us, they’re much more exciting than the options at the audiologist’s office.
Plus, Eargos are medical devices regulated by the FDA—not to be confused with the personal sound amplification products (or PSAPs) that are being sold all over the internet. Eargo hearing aids feature advanced background noise reduction and increase the clarity of speech, while PSAPs just make everything sound louder. And louder is not necessarily better.
4. They’re award-winning trendsetters.
It’s always nice to be on the cutting edge of technology, and Eargo is certainly turning heads in the industry. Eargo was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2018, and recently won SXSW’s Style & Wearable Tech’s Innovation award.
Eargo also picked up the Plastics Innovation Award, chosen by sponsor Plastics Industry Association (PIA), and our patented Flexi Fibers also picked up a Red Dot Design Award, which is awarded to devices that “demonstrate an extraordinary design quality, but also show that design is an integral part of innovative product.”
And rounding out the pack of good publicity and awards, Eargo picked up a 2019 Gold Edison Award. This award “recognizes the exceptional work the team undertook in designing a hearing aid for the consumer that is beautifully designed to never be seen, to remove the social anxieties linked with hearing aids.”
If our devices could blush, they’d be bright red right about now. But if you’re looking to sport the hottest, newest technology around, you came to the right place.
And that’s that! Hopefully, we set the record straight. Because we think our virtually invisible hearing aids are the next big thing and every bit as craveable as trendy specs. (OK, maybe we’re a little biased.)
Are you ready to get excited about Eargos? Give us a call today at 1-800-734-7603 for a free consultation with one of our hearing experts.