Dismissing Hearing Loss as You Age Can Bollix Your Brain

Treat your ears and mind to affordable, medical-quality hearing aids you can buy online

We’ll sprint to the salon to banish the first signs of gray. Dash to the dermatologist to zap furrows in our brow. Seek a surgeon to lift suddenly sagging breasts. 

But when we start straining to hear our dinner companion over the din in a crowded restaurant, or the dialogue in our favorite streaming series, we quickly chalk it up to natural aging.

Big mistake. Pretending we know what someone is saying to us is not a good look. Worse, untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline, isolation and dementia, asserts the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Yikes! 

Of the 28.8 million Americans who could benefit from hearing aids, just 16 percent of adults under 69 years old and 30 percent of those over 70 have them. 

HOW CAN SO MANY SMART PEOPLE MAKE SUCH A DUMB DECISION?

It’s actually an easy question to answer! 

Millions of us are embarrassed to admit we need hearing aids, as if wearing them confirms we’re not only older, but weak. Besides, they’re so big, bulky and unattractive. 

(top) $7K hearing aid
(bottom) Lexie Lumen $799 hearing aid

And the price! Hearing aids can cost thousands of dollars. Think as much as $8K.

What’s more,  an audiologist must perform a hearing test and write a prescription. Who has time for that! 

HEAR! HEAR! YOU CAN STOP MAKING EXCUSES

Hearing aids today are actually compact, stylish and available in colors that complement our hair. They tuck firmly behind the ears, so someone would have to be nuzzling you to know you’re wearing them. Maybe not even then. 

And, thanks to new regulations and new technology, we can now buy FDA-certified, medical-quality hearing aids over the counter – or online – for a whopping 80 percent less than traditional aids.

I’ve been wearing ridiculously high-priced aids since I started miss-hearing words about a decade ago. So I was intrigued to try new Lexie Lumen $799 hearing aids from Lexie Hearing that reportedly would perform every bit as well as my expensive style. 

       Lexie Lumen hearing aids

“Our team of audiologists, scientists and engineers has developed the hearing aid technology to put the power in the hands of the consumer,” explained Seline van der Wat, COO at Lexie Hearing. By eliminating costly recurring visits at healthcare professionals, Lexie Hearing can bring its hearing aids to market at exceptional prices. 

SEE BOX BELOW TO LEARN ABOUT LEXIE HEARING AND ITS THREE LEXIE MODELS

I could purchase Lexie Lumen in person at stores including Walgreens and Best Buy,  or order online, which I did. The hearing aids arrived within a week, along with one of the clearest, well-written, easy-to-understand user manuals that’s ever accompanied a product I’ve purchased. 

The manual explains everything you need to know about your new hearing aids: Setting them up; properly placing them in your ears; cleaning and storage; changing the volume and listening environments. The Lexie app also explains through animation how to set up the hearing aids.

When your aids are ready to be automatically programmed to your hearing check results through the Lexie app on your phone, you’re guided through the simple steps. If you’re not entirely comfortable doing this on your own, ask a friend or relative to help. I assure you it’s quite easy to accomplish. You won’t need a computer engineering degree! 

After wearing Lexie Lumen for almost three weeks, I can confirm they allow me to hear every bit as well as my uber-expensive model. Everything sounds louder, crisper and clearer. You truly can’t understand what a difference it makes to hear properly again. Think about how you can miraculously read small print and highway signs with your prescription glasses. 

Unlike the costly rechargeable hearing aids, Lexie Lumen requires batteries and can’t connect to my iPhone or TV. Considering the massive price difference ($799 V. $7K), who cares? 

If you’ve never worn hearing aids, it may take you a few weeks to get used to them. Your brain will be surprised to receive signals it’s been missing, and needs time to again become familiar with the high-frequency sounds of speech and environmental noises.

The Lexie app also gives you access to:

  • A team of experienced product and hearing experts six days a week.
  • A unique rewards program that guides and supports you as you get used to wearing your new hearing aids and offers discounts on accessories including batteries and domes. 
  • A library of authoritative hearing-related content.

Lexie Hearing is so convinced Lexie hearing aids will make a consequential difference in your life, it offers a 45-day free trial. If you don’t hear the difference during the first 45 days, return Lexie for a full refund. 

No questions asked. 

Hearing Loss Isn’t a Good Look!

Wake up your ears – and brain – to the sweet sounds of Lexie

Lexie Hearing At A Glance

WHAT’S THE HISTORY OF LEXIE HEARING? 

hearX Group began in 2016 by selling clinical digital tools to audiologists and other medical professionals that allowed them to screen hearing in low-income communities at affordable prices. 

“Our smart, evidence-based digital tools provide clinical, screening and self-test solutions for easier, more efficient and cost-effective hearing care. We have pioneered digital hearing solutions to detect, diagnose and treat hearing loss around the globe,” explained Seline van der Wat, COO at Lexie Hearing. 

The company branched out to the consumer side in 2020, when Lexie Hearing was born. 

CAN EVERYONE WEAR LEXIE HEARING AIDS?

Lexie is suitable for individuals over 18 years old with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss. It is necessary to see an audiologist for more severe hearing loss.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE THREE LEXIE MODELS? 

Lexie Lumen     $799 or $42 a month for 24 months*

Battery-operated, these bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be customized according to your hearing profile. Sounds are transmitted through a tube. Available in five colors.

Lexie B1 Powered by Bose    $849 or $47 a month for 24 months*

Self-fitting and battery-operated, these bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be customized according to your hearing profile. Sounds are transmitted through a wire.  Available in gray.

Lexis B2 Powered by Bose    $999 or $49 a month for 24 months*

Self-fitting and rechargeable – a three-hour charge lasts 18 hours –  these bluetooth-enabled  hearing aids feature a receiver that sits in the ear canal. Sounds are transmitted through a wire. Available in gray.     

* Lexie hearing aids can be purchased with Flexible Spending (FSA) or Health Saving Accounts (HSA) 

ARE LEXIE HEARING AIDS THE SAME AS SOUND AMPLIFIERS?

Definitely not. Amplifiers simply amplify everything. Lexie hearing aids can be programmed to work effectively in every hearing environment, including noisy restaurants, everyday use, outdoors and when you’re listening to your favorite music. They will block out background noise in a restaurant so you can hear your dinner companion. 

DO MEN OR WOMEN BUY MORE HEARING AIDS? 

Lexie Hearing is seeing more online purchases from women, but said they might be purchasing for their husbands. The two Bose models tend to attract a 45+ year old, tech-savvy male audience. 

HOW DO I REALLY KNOW IF I SHOULD WEAR HEARING AIDS? 

If you suspect you have hearing loss, but Lexie hearing aids aren’t making a difference in your life, you can send them back – no questions asked – within 45 days. It’s crucial to understand that it takes at least one month to get used to them, and should be worn for increasingly longer periods every day during the break-in period. 

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