Beltone introduced its first hearing aid more than 80 years ago and have been helping people hear better ever since.

Beltone was the first manufacturer to create in-ear hearing aids, 2.4 GHz technology, an iPhone compatible hearing aid, and an app for the Apple watch, and they plan on more “firsts” in the future as well.

Factors In Choosing A Hearing Aid

When it comes to choosing your Beltone hearing aid, there are several things to take into account:

  • Do you live a sedentary or more active life?
  • Would you like audio and phone calls streamed to your hearing aids?
  • Would you rather have battery-operated hearing aids or rechargeable ones?
  • Does the hearing aid serve your degree of hearing loss?
  • How discreet do you want the hearing aids?

Once your hearing loss has been determined with a free hearing evaluation, your Beltone Hearing Care expert will help you fine tune your final decision based on your lifestyle and personal preferances.

Today, we’re going to compare the Beltone Imagine to the Beltone Amaze – two of our most sought-after hearing aids.

Determine the Right Hearing Solution for You

Beltone Imagine vs. Beltone Amaze – Key Differences

While the Beltone Imagine and Beltone Amaze share many great features, they also have some that are unique to each one, which are as follows:

Design –  The Amaze comes in both custom in-the-ear styles and multiple behind-the-ear options (available in 7 different colors) while the Imagine is only available in a behind-the-ear style (available in 8 color choices).

Charging – Both have an expected operating time of 30 hours.

Hearing loss – Both can be tailored to fit a wide range of hearing loss from mild to profound based on receiver power, aid style and ear mold material.  Only a comprehensive hearing test will tell you what degree of hearing loss you have to determine the right solution.

Speech clarity – The Imagine has 3 mics – M&RIE* (Microphone & Receiver-In-Ear) and CrossLink Directionality 3 with an Ultra Focus feature.

The Amaze has CrossLink Directionality 2 with Personal Sound ID (Advanced).

Streaming – Both work with Apple and Android products running Android 10 or later.  Not all phone manufacturers running android 10 have the streaming feature enabled, check with your hearing care professional.

Phone Calls – Hands free calling is not an option on Android phones. Hands free calling is compatible with Iphone 11 or later, Ipad Pro 5th generation, Ipad Pro 3rd generation, ipad air 4th generation, ipad mini 6th generation.

Tinnitus Breaker – Tinnitus Breaker – available on both Amaze and Imagine hearing instruments.

Your choice might ultimately rest on how much background noise and wind you need to reduce to hear clearly and how many devices you need to connect to your hearing aids.

Another main consideration can be the investment. A customized Amaze hearing aid can cost more because of the personalized molding step, but three price points are available depending on the quality of its features – the number of bands, adaptive directionality, Curvilinear Rapid (WDRC) number of channels, feedback eraser, low frequency boost, Sound Cleaner Pro, synchronized speech spotter, and wind noise reduction.

The year the hearing aid was introduced might also affect your choice.

Reviews can weigh heavily on your decision too, but both models seem to garner the same ratings.

Hearing Tracker rates Beltone Amaze Hearing Aids at 4 stars from 134 reviews (April 2022) and Beltone Imagine at 4 stars after 47 reviews.

Imagine

Amaze

Design

  • In-ear (RIE) and behind-the-ear (BTE) models
  • 8 colors
  • GOLD Stevie Award winner 2020 for the most tailored hearing solution in the Health and Pharmaceuticals category
  • In-ear (RIE) and behind-the-ear (BTE) models
  • Custom IIC, CIC, ITC, ITE, and MIH models available
  • 7 colors

Charging

  • Available in rechargeable and non-rechargeable models
  • Charge lasts 30 hours
  • Premium charger provides 3 full charges
  • Standard charger connects to power outlet
  • Portable charger available too
  • Rechargeable
  • Lithium-ion battery.
  • Charge lasts 30 hours
  • Premium charger provides 3 full charges
  • Standard charger connects to power outlet
  • Portable charger available too

Sound

  • Wide range of hearing loss from mild to profound based on receiver power, aid style and ear mold material.
  • Automatically adjusts to environment
  • 3 mics – M&RIE* (Microphone & Receiver-In-Ear)
  • CrossLink Directionality 3
  • Ultra Focus feature
  • Wide range of hearing loss from mild to profound based on receiver power, aid style and ear mold material.
  • Automatically adjusts to environment
  • CrossLink Directionality 2 with Personal Sound ID (Advanced)

Streaming

  • Yes – GPS, internet radio, music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Beltone TV Link 2 accessory available.
  • Uses Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Yes, with the iPhone and Google Pixel 3 phones – GPS, internet radio, music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Uses Bluetooth technology

Apps

  • The HearMax app works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android smartphones
  • Adjust volume, programs, battery status, and speech focus
  • The HearMax app works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android smartphones
  • Adjust volume, programs, battery status, and speech focus

Phone Calls

  • Hands free
  • FaceTime calls for iPhone and iPad
  • Hands free from Android phones

Directional Mic

  • Beltone myPAL Pro and Beltone myPAL Micro allow you to attach a mic to the person speaking or place it in front of them for clearer speech.

Belcare Support

  • Lifetime service and care program
  • Lifetime service and care program

Warranty

  • One-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. Upgrade available.
  • One-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. Upgrade available.

Adjustments

  • Many can be done virtually
  • Many can be done virtually

Tinnitus Breaker

  • Yes
  • Yes

Cost

  • $1,500 to $3,500
  • More if customized
  • $1,800 to $3,000

Try Before You Buy

We have demonstration models of the Beltone Imagine and the Beltone Amaze at Beltone Hearing, and we would be happy to have you experience the difference between the two in person.

Just like you’d test drive a car, we feel it’s important to let you test drive our hearing aids too. Only you will know what feels best when making your final decision.
Contact us to book a hearing test or a hearing aid consultation at one of our 44 locations across Michigan and Ohio, and we’ll help you every step of the way.

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