Lucid Engage Hearing Aids Review

Prices, Sound Recordings, Models
Blake Cadwell
Blake Cadwell

Blake Cadwell is a hearing aid wearer and co-founder at Soundly. He regularly tests and reviews hearing technology to share his experience with Soundly’s readers. Blake's research and perspectives have been featured in the The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, AARP and FastCompany.

Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Amy Sarow is a practicing clinical audiologist and serves as Audiology Lead for Soundly. Her expertise and experience span topics including tinnitus, cochlear implants, hearing aid technology, and hearing testing. She holds a doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Iowa. During her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Sarow was inspired by the three-tiered, patient-centered approach, incorporating clinical work, teaching and research.

Updated
January 24, 2024
Methodology
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Behind the Ear
Affordable
OTC
Rechargeable
Bluetooth

Lucid Engage doesn't get as much buzz as OTC competitors like Bose and Sony (likely due to the less-known brand), but this behind-the-ear style hearing aid is quietly the most feature-rich hearing aid on the market. 

Lucid Engage has rechargeable batteries and allows Bluetooth streaming on both iPhone and Android devices. The form factor is a little larger than Bose hearing aids but very discreet. 

Like most OTC hearing aids, Lucid Engage uses a smartphone app to customize your new devices to your specific hearing loss. 
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Sam's Club Partnership 

Lucid's app is relatively simple, but if you get stuck, you can work with their remote care team or visit one of over 500 local Sam's Club clinics for free in-person tech support. That's a big bonus that very few other OTC brands can provide. The perk is part of Lucid's decade-long, nationwide partnership with Sam's Club, where Lucid operates hearing clinics inside 500 local clubs.
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Pros

Rechargeable batteries 

Bluetooth streaming through iPhone and Android

Affordable

If you get stuck, you can take your hearing aids to most Sam's Club locations for in-person care

Cons

Can be complex for people who are not comfortable with smartphones

Slightly less premium packaging and feel than top-of-the-line prescription products

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Soundly Scorecard
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Hearing Loss Level πŸ”Š
Mild - Moderate
  • Lucid Engage is an OTC product appropriate for mild-moderate hearing loss levels
  • If you have more significant hearing loss you might consider local or Telehealth care. Read more about prescription Vs. OTC hearing aids here
Care Type πŸ₯
Over-The-Counter
  • Available for purchase online or at retail stores like Walgreens, Best Buy and Sam's Club
  • Does not require a prescription from a doctor
  • Customize your hearing aids with an onboard hearing test and app-controls \
  • Optional upgrade to a prescription device at a local Lucid Hearing center (inside Sam's Club)
Sound Quality πŸ”Š
Average in Background Noise
  • Lucid offers strong underlying technology based on over a decade of manufacturing for Sam's Club
  • Lucid Engage is slightly less effective than leading prescription devices in background noise (Engage is also significantly more affordable)
Comfort 🦻
Very Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • Comfortable receiver-in-canal style is great for all day wear
Style  πŸ’«
Behind The Ear
  • Sits behind the ear with a receiver (speaker) that reaches into the ear canal
  • The form factor of Lucid Engage is comparable to leading prescription hearing aids
  • Available in gray, black and beige
Battery πŸ”‹
Rechargeable Or Disposable
  • Lucid Engage comes with rechargeable batteries or non-rechargeable batteries (for a lower cost)
  • The rechargeable model comes with a convenient portable, conduction-based recharge case
  • 30 hours of wear on a single charge
  • Disposable battery options use a size 312 battery (lasts for 7-10 days)
Connection πŸ“‘
Bluetooth Available
  • Lucid Engage lets you choose between Android and iPhone streaming at purchase
  • Lucid Engage is our top choice for OTC hearing aids that stream Bluetooth
  • Both the rechargeable and non-rechargeable versions come with streaming capabilities
Dexterity Level 🀏
Average
  • Lucid Engage 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)
  • If dexterity is a concern we suggest you opt for the rechargeable model vs the disposable battery model
Waterproof Level πŸ’¦
IP22
  • These hearing aids are not waterproof. Avoid moisture if possible
App features πŸ“±
Has An App
  • Take an onboard hearing test to customize your hearing aids
  • Manually customize treble/bass, volume and programs
How It Works
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Lucid Engage is available over-the-counter, meaning you can purchase the hearing aids online or at a local retail store (some Walmart stores and Sam's Club). 

Once you receive your new hearing aids, you'll use the Lucid app to customize the amplification and frequency to match your hearing loss. Unlike some other OTC devices, Lucid does not administer a hearing test through their app; instead, they give you access to a control panel and an interactive chart called Lucid Shape. You will use those tools to customize the hearing aids to your comfort. 

If you need support, you can call Lucid's team directly or take your hearing aids to a local Sam's Club for free troubleshooting and a hearing test.

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What's Included
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Two rechargeable hearing aids

Recharge case and cable

One year warranty 

Remote customer service or in-person service at Sam's Club locations

Return Policy
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Return policy varies by retailer but is at least 60 days from purchase.

Technology
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Lucid Engage is one of the most feature-rich OTC devices on the market. These hearing aids have multiple microphones to manage background noise, including rechargeable batteries for all day wear and Bluetooth streaming through Android and Apple devices. 
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Notable Lucid Engage features:

βœ”οΈ Self-fit using the Lucid app

βœ”οΈ Rechargeable with 30 hours of battery life

βœ”οΈ Available in grey, black and beige

βœ”οΈ Compatible with iPhone or Android (you will have to choose at checkout)

βœ”οΈ Requires iOS 12 or above and Android 10 or above

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The breakdown

If you are looking for a pair of hearing aids under $1,000, Lucid is worthy of consideration.

These feature-rich devices don't come from a household brand (although they've been around for 10 years), but they do include some very strong underlying technology and a unique partnership with Sam's Club.

Lucid hearing aid recharge case
Inside view of Lucid Engage hearing aid.Lucid Engage hearing aid next to accompanying app.

The tech inside

Our team's tests found that Lucid's Engage product provides similar sound quality and background noise processing to other mid-price products on the market.

The sound quality of Lucid hearing aids is not quite as comfortable or sophisticated as products from ReSound or Widex, but it's close.

Getting up close

Lucid offers Engage in beige, black or gray. These devices sit behind the ear with a discreet wire and speaker that reaches into the ear.

Lucid Engage is not the smallest hearing aid on the market but is comparable to other behind-the-ear style devices.

Lucid Engage hearing aids in three colors.

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