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Pro Ears Pro Hear IV review

The Pro Ears Pro Hear IV is a digital sound amplification and suppression device, with an amplifier that fits behind your ear and an ear bud that rests inside.

Pro Ears Pro Hear IV review
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Our Verdict

The Pro Ears Pro Hear IV is suited to people who are experiencing mild hearing loss, or for those who want greater control over what they can hear (and how safely) in different situations. Its capable of compressing sound over 85 dB, with four channels and four memory settings.

For

  • Versatile and powerful
  • Great range of functions
  • Works to protect your hearing

Against

  • Expensive

The Pro Ears Pro Hear IV is a low-profile digital sound amplification and suppression device that fits behind your ear, with a separate ear bud that rests inside your ear. Like many of the best hearing aids, it's designed to be lightweight and discreet when you're wearing it, and to give you a degree of control over what you're listening to.

The smaller size also works to reduce distortion, with the device capable of compressing sound over 85 dB with four channels and four memory settings.

The ear bud connects to the amplifier by a thin clear cord that goes over and behind your ear, very similar to the HI BTE Power Plus. The Pro Ears Pro Hear IV comes in either tan or black, and each amplifier is designed with a one directional microphone. In our review, we look at the device's design and top features to help you figure out whether it's right for you.

Pro Ears Pro Hear IV review: Features

The Pro Ears Pro Hear IV digital hearing aid comes with four pre-programmable settings, so you can adjust it to whatever environment you encounter. The first three channels range from 17-32 dB, which is at the low end of hearing loss and is best for people with mild impairment. Settings can be set to 17dB ,22 dB, 30dB, and 35dB.

The fourth channel is telecoil, designed to improve sound quality when you're using a phone, but it also enhances what you hear when you're at the movies or watching TV. The Pro Hear IV also filters out background noise when you're in a busy place like a restaurant, or you can set it to catch every sound when you're out in nature.

Pro Ears Pro Hear IV review: the digital hearing aid shown in black

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Pro Ears Pro Hear IV review: Design

The Pro Ears Pro Hear IV has a built-in wind screen, plus 10-channel noise reduction so that you only hear what you want to hear.

The Pro Hear IV emits quiet tones when you change programs, so you know that you pushed the right button. It also notifies you when the battery is running low. Each program has its own distinct sound so you know which one is active. This digital hearing aid also has adjustable volume that works in each of the programs.

This digital hearing aid is designed to provide digital, CD-quality sound even when you're in a crowded, noisy room. It also comes with advanced feedback canceling, so you're less likely to hear feedback when using this device.

The ear bud itself comes with Comply N foam tips in three different sizes for the perfect fit, plus it comes with a hard carrying case for protection on the go. The battery life is 120 hours on a type 312 battery. However, it only comes with one battery, so you may need to buy more if you plan on using this digital hearing aid for large swathes of each day.

Should you buy the Pro Ears Pro Hear IV?

The Pro Ears Pro Hear IV is a digital hearing aid that could be beneficial for anyone dealing with mild hearing loss. It also comes with a one-year warranty, and is useful in multiple situations. It isn't waterproof, so you will need to be mindful of the situations you use it in.

If you want high quality digital sound and more advanced options from a hearing device, this is a good choice to help you hear more clearly, and safely, in a range of situations. Best of all, it's low-profile, though for a very discreet hearing aid, take a look at our Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP review.