Miracle-Ear hearing aids, reviewed by audiologists

This well-known retail chain sells their privately-labeled prescription hearing aids at stores nationwide.

Miracle Ear hearing aids

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3 key takeaways

  1. Miracle-Ear is a hearing aid franchise — Their retail centers are located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
  2. Miracle-Ear hearing aids are made by other major manufacturers — The technology is the same as those purchased in private and medical-based clinics, but rebranded for Miracle-Ear specifically.
  3. Miracle-Ear offers a variety of hearing aids — They offer different styles and features to suit a wide variety of hearing losses and consumer preferences.

For many, getting a hearing test and being evaluated for hearing aids can be a lengthy process involving physician referrals, insurance, and long wait times.

Miracle-Ear offers consumers a convenient way to purchase hearing aids, as they can skip the red tape and make an appointment directly with a local Miracle-Ear center. Since there are more than 1,500 centers located across the United States, consumers will likely find a Miracle-Ear location nearby.

Miracle-Ear hearing aids are produced by other major manufacturers, which means consumers can be confident they are getting quality technology.

 

Some quick facts about Miracle-Ear

Miracle-Ear was not always the household name it is today. Like many other hearing aid companies, Miracle-Ear started small in electronics.  

  1. Miracle-Ear was founded in 1948 by Ken Dahlberg. It began as an electronics company called Dahlberg Inc. They made their first hearing aid in 1955.
  2. Miracle-Ear is part of the global hearing aid network Amplifon. Amplifon operates primarily as a third-party service in the United States that connects consumers to hearing care providers through their insurance. Outside of the U.S., Amplifon is a chain of hearing aid clinics.
  3. Miracle-Ear no longer makes its hearing aids. Currently, Miracle-Ear hearing aids are produced by hearing aid manufacturers Signia and Starkey. However, their hearing aids are privately labeled and use proprietary software that can only be used by Miracle-Ear centers to make adjustments.
  4. Miracle-Ear gives back to those in need. The Miracle-Ear Foundation provides hearing aids to children and adults who meet their eligibility requirements and cannot otherwise afford to purchase them.

 

Are Miracle-Ear hearing aids for me?

Miracle-Ear offers excellent hearing aid technology, but they might not work for everyone. We recommend considering some of the pros and cons below to determine if Miracle-Ear is a good fit for you.

The pros of Miracle-Ear hearing aids

  • Miracle-Ear offers lifetime care for many of their devices. They recommend quarterly cleaning and checks of their hearing aids, which can help prolong their lifespan and keep you hearing your best.
  • They have many providers and locations, making it easier to get an appointment. This is especially important if you have a problem with your hearing aids that requires immediate attention.
  • Miracle-Ear offers free hearing tests. Your provider will evaluate your hearing before helping you pick out appropriate hearing aids. They will also provide annual follow up after fitting your hearing aids to monitor your hearing for changes.

The cons of Miracle-Ear hearing aids

  • Miracle-Ear hearing aids are locked. Although they are Signia and Starkey technology, they can only be adjusted and repaired through Miracle-Ear centers. This is a downside for customers if they move away and do not have access to a Miracle-Ear location, or if they want to see a new provider.
  • Miracle-Ear providers are not equal. Miracle-Ear franchises can be owned and staffed by audiologists or hearing instrument specialists. Although there are wonderful hearing instrument specialists, their training is limited in comparison to an audiologist. Research the provider at your local Miracle-Ear location to make sure they are experienced.
  • Miracle-Ear hearing aids are expensive. Since they are prescription hearing aids, they come at a premium. Miracle-Ear typically prices their hearing aids higher than comparable technology sold by non-retail clinics.

Customer service

Customer service at Miracle-Ear is dependent on each franchise location. The website has a store locator that allows you to search by zip code, get the center’s direct number and exact location, and even see what providers work there. Miracle-Ear makes it very easy to set up an evaluation appointment. You can call their main number to get assistance over the phone or you can schedule an appointment right through their website.

Since Miracle-Ear does not manufacture their own hearing aids, you will not find an option for customers to get support over the phone. Customers will need to contact their local Miracle-Ear center directly for any assistance.

Models available

Miracle-Ear’s current platform is the AVAIL. Within AVAIL, there are four different product families: ENERGY, MINI, CONNECT, and EASY. Benefits of the AVAIL line include better performance and speech clarity in noise, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) customization and tinnitus masking in the highest performance level.

Most are compatible with a range of wireless accessories and can utilize the Miracle-Ear App. We have highlighted three of our board of audiologists’ favorite product families below.

Miracle-Ear ENERGY

The ENERGY family offers hearing aids equipped with lithium ion batteries that last up to 24 hours on a charge. The ENERGY family consists of receiver-in-the-canal (RIC), behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-canal (ITC) models. The ITC is available in three performance levels, while the RICs and BTEs are available in four.

Miracle-Ear ENERGY

The Miracle-Ear ENERGY comes in three rechargeable styles that are all compatible with Bluetooth and the Miracle-Ear app.

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Criteria Miracle-Ear ENERGY
Cost Depends on the Miracle-Ear location. Estimated to be between $2,000-$10,000/pair.
Warranty Most models come with a three-year warranty.
Rechargeable batteries? Yes
Bluetooth capabilities? Yes, for iPhone and select Android devices.
Customization options/models available Three styles available, all compatible with Bluetooth and the Miracle-Ear App for user customization. There are several color options for each style.

Who would Miracle-Ear ENERGY hearing aids be ideal for?

The Miracle-Ear ENERGY line is best-suited for consumers with mild to severe hearing loss. Due to their rechargeability, they are perfect for anyone who doesn’t want the hassle of changing a battery regularly.

The Miracle-EarENERGY ITC R EV is a particularly good option for those with poor dexterity, as ITC models are usually easier to manipulate, and this one does not involve changing small batteries. Both receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) models are good options for people who want something lightweight and comfortable.

Miracle-Ear MINI

The MINI family is Miracle-Ear’s solution for custom, discreet hearing aids. There is an invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) option as well as two completely-in-the-canal (CIC) options, with a size 10 or size 312 battery. The IIC and CIC 10s are available in three performance levels, while the CIC 312 is available in all four.

Miracle-Ear MINI

For those who want a nearly invisible or invisible hearing aid option, the Miracle-Ear MINI is a perfect choice. They can fit mild to moderate hearing loss.

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Criteria Miracle-Ear MINI
Cost Depends on the Miracle-Ear location. Estimated to be between $2,000-$10,000/pair.
Warranty Most models come with a three-year warranty.
Rechargeable batteries? No
Bluetooth capabilities? Yes, but only with the CIC 312 option. Bluetooth streaming is available for iPhone and select Android devices.
Customization options/models available Three models available, all custom-made from impressions of the user’s ear. Several skin tone colors are available.

Who would Miracle-Ear MINI hearing aids be ideal for?

Miracle-Ear MINI hearing aids can fit mild to moderate hearing loss. They are the perfect choice for people who want a discreet, nearly invisible or invisible hearing aid option. They are also perfect for active users, as they sit further in the canal and will be less likely to fall out or move around with movement.

Unfortunately, due to their small size, only the CIC model with a 312 battery can offer Bluetooth streaming. Potential consumers will have to decide whether or not they are OK with sacrificing advanced options like Bluetooth for invisibility.

Miracle-Ear CONNECT

The CONNECT family offers Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids that run off disposable batteries. CONNECT is available in a RIC and BTE style and are available in three performance levels.

Miracle-Ear CONNECT

The Miracle-Ear CONNECT is available in two models and is a great choice for those who want Bluetooth connectivity and disposable batteries.

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Criteria Miracle-Ear CONNECT
Cost Depends on the Miracle-Ear location. Estimated to be between $2,000-$10,000/pair.
Warranty Most models come with a three-year warranty.
Rechargeable batteries? No
Bluetooth capabilities? Yes, for iPhone and select Android devices.
Customization options/models available Two models available, in several color options. They are compatible with the Miracle-Ear App and various wireless accessories.

Who would Miracle-Ear CONNECT hearing aids be ideal for?

The CONNECT line is a great option for customers who want Bluetooth connectivity but are not interested in rechargeable batteries. Like the other models that offer Bluetooth, CONNECT allows customers to benefit from a range of wireless devices such as a TV streamer,  remote control, and remote microphone. They are suitable for mild to severe hearing losses.

 

What our audiologists say about Miracle-Ear hearing aids

Miracle-Ear is a well-known retail hearing aid company whose products are made by other hearing aid manufacturers. Their technology and product lines are diverse and they have the ability to fit a range of hearing losses.

Unfortunately, since Miracle-Ear privately labels their hearing aids, only their providers have the ability to work with them. This is opposite of how care works with traditional hearing aids, as patients can take their hearing aids for service and care to any provider who chooses to work with that brand. Miracle-Ear’s process of private-labeling greatly limits patients if they are not satisfied with the care at their local office.

Miracle-Ear hearing aids are also expensive and offices often quote patients higher prices than independent clinics do for the same level of technology. While Miracle-Ear products are high quality, their business and care model is not in the full interest of the patient, and I recommend patients proceed with caution before purchasing from them.

Miracle-Ear offers rebranded technology from big hearing aid manufacturers. Miracle-Ear  can offer some of the latest technological advances, and includes lifetime services on their aids when purchased there. Miracle-Ear offices typically employ hearing instrument specialists who complete a training to test your hearing and adjust your hearing aids, while a few clinics will employ audiologists who are extensively trained in hearing disorders, tinnitus, hearing aids, balance disorders, and more. Because each Miracle-Ear office is different, I would recommend visiting the clinic and ensuring that its technology and staff are a good fit for your needs before purchasing!

I would recommend Miracle-Ear as an option since they are rebranded Signia hearing aids, one of my favorite products. However, without insurance coverage, you might pay a hefty price at the chain store. In that case, I would recommend going to your local Signia hearing professional who may offer better pricing.

What customers say about Miracle-Ear hearing aids

Customers say their favorite feature is…

When we surveyed customers, 66% of Miracle-Ear owners said they would purchase their hearing aids again. Many of them comment on how easy it is to adjust the volume, and others have said that they adore the fact they can participate again. One customer even said that their Miracle-Ear hearing aid makes it so they “don’t feel left out” of conversations anymore. 100% of Miracle-Ear owners said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their purchase.

Customers say their least favorite feature is…

A few customers noted that even with their Miracle-Ear hearing aids, they still have difficulty with consistent clarity. One customer simply noted that it “can’t do the impossible,” like restoring hearing completely. Another customer noted they have had difficulty with background noise either being too loud or getting picked up in moments when they’re trying to listen to the conversation in front of them, which makes it difficult to focus sometimes. For the most part, our survey showed only positive commentary when it came to the Miracle-Ear brand.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if Miracle-Ear is right for me?

We’d suggest reviewing our Pros and Cons section and then talking to your local Miracle-Ear location. You should feel comfortable with your provider. If you feel pressured to buy or feel that they are not answering your questions, it is probably not a good fit. This advice is true for any clinic, not just Miracle-Ear!

Does Miracle-Ear take insurance?

Yes, for some plans. You should always check with your insurance company to find out what your benefit details are before purchasing hearing aids. If your insurance uses Amplifon as a third-party network you should be able to use your hearing aid benefits at Miracle-Ear easily. It is important to note that Miracle-Ear does not provide their lifetime service guarantee to all devices purchased through the insurance route.

What kind of credentials do Miracle-Ear providers have?

Miracle-Ear providers are either audiologists or hearing instrument specialists. All are required to hold a current license in good-standing in the state they practice. Audiologists hold a Doctoral or Masters degree in audiology. Requirements for hearing instrument specialists vary by state, however, most require a GED or high-school diploma and successful completion of a trainee program under supervision.

What is the Miracle-Ear App?

The Miracle-Ear App is your solution for adjusting volume, customizing your hearing aid settings, and helping you adapt to them. It is available for iOS and Android operating systems.

What if I am not satisfied with my Miracle-Ear hearing aids?

Miracle-Ear gives customers a 30-day trial period. If you are not happy with them and return them within 30 days, you will receive a full refund.