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Audicus Spirit Review

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June 13, 2024

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Behind the Ear
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Audicus was one of the first brands to program hearing aids remotely and ship them to your door. When the brand launched nearly 10 years ago, Audicus was dubbed the Warby Parker of hearing aids. They make their service simple to use and offer a range of simple but effective products. 

What makes Audicus special 

Unlike over-the-counter devices like Eargo and Lexie, you do not need to program your hearing aids. The Audicus team of hearing specialists walks you through an online test or accepts an existing audiogram. With the results in hand, they program your hearing aids before shipping. This streamlined process saves you time and cuts the cost by about 50%-70% compared to traditional options. 

Spirit 2 is Audicus's newest advanced hearing aid option to date. Spirit 2 comes with Bluetooth streaming from both Apple and Android devices (plus up to one other Bluetooth device), an optional rechargeable battery (costs an additional $100/pair), auto adjustments to your environment, and feedback reduction. 

Our Take

Audicus is a fantastic option for budget seekers who prefer online services and lower prices. Audicus prices are still higher than over-the-counter devices, but the underlying technology is nearly identical to top prescription devices. 

Research Note 💻: Audicus is currently offering $100 off any Audicus product with code 100HEARING.

Pros 👍
  • Audicus hearing aids are programmed remotely which leads to lower prices and more convenience
  • Audicus offers a diverse range of styles and pricing including an affordable in-the-canal product
  • Audicus offers their products with a monthly subscription starting at $99

Cons 👎
  • Audicus hearing aids are more expensive than some other Telehealth alternatives
  • Audicus hearing aids do not come with hands-on support at a local clinic

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Soundly Scorecard
Hearing Loss Level 🔊
Mild - Severe
  • Audicus Spirit 2 is a fully customizable, prescription hearing aid appropriate for mild-severe hearing loss
  • If you have severe hearing loss and struggle with feedback (squealing) you may need a custom earmold (not available through Audicus)
  • If you have profound hearing loss, you may be a better fit for a high-powered BTE style hearing aid (note available through Audicus)
Care Type 🏥
  • Audicus is a remote care brand that programs and delivers your hearing aids through Telehealth
  • Take or submit a hearing test and an Audicus professional will program your hearing aids and ship them to your door
  • Lifetime support is included with every purchase
  • Audicus Spirit 2 hearing aids come with the capability for remote adjustments. This feature means you don't need to ship your hearing aids back to get program updates.
Sound Quality 🔊
Strong in Background Noise
  • Spirit is Audicus's second-most sophisticated model with 14 programming channels and 4 user listening programs
  • Audicus purchases hearing aids from hearing leader, Sonova
  • Audicus Spirit has strong underlying technology for handling background noise and sudden sounds
Comfort 🦻
Very Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • Audicus Spirit 2 comes in a small and comfortable receiver-in-canal style that is easy to wear all day
Style  💫
Behind The Ear
  • Sits behind the ear with a receiver (speaker) that reaches into the ear canal
  • Audicus Spirit 2is similar to the smallest receiver-in-canal devices on the market
  • Choose between four colors including: Beige, Black, Grey and Silver
Battery 🔋
Rechargeable Or Disposable
  • Choose between disposable and rechargeable batteries
  • Rechargeable batteries come at an additional cost
  • 18 hours on a full charge
  • Comes with a plugin charger
Connection 📡
Bluetooth Available
  • Audicus Spirit 2 allows Bluetooth streaming, music listening, and phone calls. iPhone users can take calls hands-free, while Android users must keep their phones close to pick up outbound audio
  • Audicus Spirit 2 uses Apple's MFI connection and Android's ASHA connection to stream content through Bluetooth
  • Audicus Spirit 2 hearing aids can connect to multiple devices (ie. TV and phone) simultaneously
Dexterity Level 🤏
  • Audicus Spirit 2 is reasonably easy to handle but does require the wearer to place the hearing aid behind their ear and insert the receiver into the ear (consistent across all behind-the-ear styles)
  • Audicus Spirit 2 uses a port-based charger that is sometimes trickier to handle than conduction-based methods
Waterproof Level 💦
  • Audicus Spirit 2 is water resistant with an IP rating of 68
  • This hearing aid can withstand dust and water submersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes
App features 📱
Has An App, Telehealth Capable
  • Customization: Treble/bass, volume, microphone directionality
  • Spirit 2 includes Telehealth options through the Audicus app (Audicus Wave does not)
What's Included

2 hearing aids custom programmed to your hearing loss 

Charging case for your hearing aids (with upgrade)

16 frequency bands (for professional adjustment)

Various ear dome sizes to fit your ears 

Unlimited specialist support

2 year manufacture warranty

Return Policy

Audicus offers a 100-day risk-free trial


Manufactured by Sonova, a trusted leader in the category 

Spirit offers powerful background noise reduction and intelligent sound algorithms

Rechargeable batteries (with upgrade)

Stream music, podcasts, and phone calls

Change the volume and program using the app or buttons on the hearing aid

Get remote care and program adjustments after initial programming

How It Works

All Audicus products are fully programmable by a hearing professional. Unlike some other over-the-counter options, you will not need to self-program your devices. 

Audicus will ask you to take an online hearing test or send an existing hearing test. The company then assigns one of their remote audiologists to program your hearing aids. If you need further adjustments, an Audicus audiologist will access your hearing aids remotely through the Audicus app.

Spirit 2 is available through Audicus Premiere

Audicus offers an optional monthly membership option. This option is great for those who want the latest technology every few years.

  • $99 per month
  • Free upgrades every 18 months
  • Cancel anytime
  • Free supplies shipped to your home
  • Loss or damage insurance

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