2022 Best Hearing Aid Recommendations | Hearing Insider (2022)

2022 Best Hearing Aid Recommendations | Hearing Insider (1)

Below are my honest thoughts on the hearing aids I recommend to my patients. I write this as a clinician speaking to a patient. I am not going to cover what features each hearing aid has because most patients honestly don’t know/care about the difference between them. When a patient sees me they look at me for a hearing evaluation, they just want to trust my professional opinion on what devices are best. And so I will try to cut out all of the marketing talks and speak from the heart about what I do for all of the patients that I see in person.

Ranking of Traditional Hearing Aid Manufacturers in 2022

  1. Phonak
  2. Oticon
  3. Starkey
  4. Resound
  5. Signia
  6. Widex

Having said that, I do honestly believe that all the major hearing aid manufacturers make excellent products and one is not all that much different from the other. Hearing aids are also best fit by someone who does a heck of a lot of fittings by that manufacturer because they will know the product inside and out. My personal experiences of fitting all the major hearing aid companies over the last decade have led me to these recommendations for you.

The links in this post are to Ziphearing.com, it is a company that has a nationwide (USA) network of providers that fit hearing aids. If you have a favorite audiologist, please go to them. If you are looking for one, Ziphearing is the recommendation I can give you because I would not know any of the audiologists in your hometown.

Top Recommendation is Phonak

Phonak is my personal favorite brand of hearing aids. It honestly has been since I was in grad school. I know the product inside and out and feel that 90% of the time this is the right product for my patients. In my opinion, the device performs very well in automatic autopilot mode and does not need manual programs. It has great feedback control. It is hands down the best Bluetooth device out there as it connects to all phones be it a flip phone, Android or iPhone.

I am the moderator of a Phonak Facebook support group and posts are almost all positive regarding the products. I give this my best recommendation. The device I recommend most often is the top-of-the-line product, the Phonak Audeo P90-R with custom earmolds. But any of the lines of products are great.

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If you would like to find a provider who can fit a Phonak hearing aid please click here.

Close Second Recommendation is Oticon

Oticon is my second favorite manufacturer. At times they pull into the number one spot. Before Phonak came out with its 2018 Marvel hearing aid line the Oticon Opn aid was my favorite. Since that time Oticon has come out with the MORE model line which is better than the Opn and I admire it. However, the reason that it is not number one is that it is less aesthetically pleasing to the eye and does not connect directly with all phones. It only directly connects to iPhones and the more expensive and newer Android phones. To find out if your cell phone is compatible with direct streaming see here.

Oticon product differentiates itself with its noise processing capabilities. Basically, all other hearing aid manufacturers make the assumption that you will be looking at what you want to hear. Oticon uses a different strategy. So if you have a complaint of hearing in background noise and hearing aids from one of the other manufacturers did not work for you, try out the Oticon brand.

If you would like to find a provider to fit you with Oticon hearing aids please click here.

Signia Hearing Aids

Seven years ago when I worked at a different VA hospital that I worked now at, I used Signia (formally know as Siemens Hearing Aids) very often. I liked their products and technology. In my perspective, their products are similar to Phonak. I just give Phonak the upper hand in that their Bluetooth connections to cell phones are better as Phonak works with all phones and while Signia only directly connects to iPhones or high-level Android phones. I don’t hate Signia by any means, it just isn’t my favorite.

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My 2021 recommendations had Signia in 5th place, now they have moved up to number 3.

The current product line is the AX. It has duel chips that offer a compelling reason to try this hearing aid out. It allows for split processing. Meaning that one computer chip/processor focuses on what is directly in front of you or who you are looking at and the other computer chip is focusing on the surroundings.

They advertise it as the best of both worlds. Oticon is known for the best surrounding signal processing while Phonak is on directionality. Signia AX line tries to give you the best of both.

But if you decided you want Signia aids, click here to find a provider who can fit and adjust the hearing aids for you.

Starkey is My Forth Choice

I am a fan of Starkey in-the-ear products. But not as much of a fan of Starkey’s RIC line. The benefits of Starkey in-the-ear products are that they are the most user-friendly to use. Meaning that the voice alerts are great for people, they are the only major hearing aid manufacturer that has rechargeable custom products and the wax traps are the best out there. It is a very user-friendly experience especially for the very elderly who do not have an active lifestyle.

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The current product line is called the Starkey Evolv and it is a good product. However, what I do not like about Starkey is that I feel the company is trying to go in the wrong direction.

Starkey as a company is pushing and advertising gadgets with their hearing aids. They put stuff in there like fall alerts, health and step trackers, an Amazon Alexa assistant. While those features are going after the consumer decision, they are not spending their time researching how people will actually hear better. Plus, as an audiologist, I simply don’t want to spend my time with someone coming to me for help because their step counter is not accurate.

I do recommend the In-the-ear products from Starkey, especially the rechargeable ones. If you would like to speak to someone in your area about one please click here for more info.

Next Recommendation is Resound Hearing Aids

One of the newest hearing aids on the market is the Resound One. The big advantage is that there is a microphone in the ear as well as on top of the ear. The obvious problem with this design is that sound leaks out of the ear canal enters the microphone and gets reamplified creating a whistle or feedback. When feedback would occur the hearing aid would simply turn off the canal microphone. So essentially this only benefits individuals with mild/moderate hearing loss.

To be honest, I have never been a huge fan of Resound. But my opinion is not supported by all audiologists. I believe Resound has a 33% market share in the USA so obviously, there are many audiologists who love their products. I am just not one of them.

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But if you love their products, go for it. I am confident that you will still get plenty of benefits from the devices. Click here to find a provider near you who fits Resound hearing aids.

I Can’t Forget About Widex

This is the company I am least familiar with due to the fact that I am a government audiologist and the government no longer has a contract with Widex. I have used their products in the past and mostly chose another manufacturer over Widex due to my lack of familiarity with Widex products.

However, many tinnitus patients love the use of the feature called Zen to help alleviate bothersome tinnitus. If you suffer from tinnitus listen to a zen recording on youtube and see if it is something you want to build into your hearing aid.

Click here if you need to find a provider who fits Widex aids.

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Related Questions

How do I learn about all the specific features of the hearing aids to compare brands? I wrote an article describing what each hearing aid feature attempts to do. This would be a great beginning point in your research on understanding different features in hearing aids.

Which is better rechargeable hearing aids or zinc-air batteries? This is truly a matter of personal preference. Generally speaking, more and more people are choosing to use rechargeable batteries. I would generally recommend going with rechargeable unless you have had zinc-air batteries for the last 20 years and just want to stay with something that is familiar.

FAQs

What is rated as the best hearing aid? ›

A Quick Look at the Best Hearing Aids
  • Best for the Money: Audien Atom Pro.
  • Most Natural Sound: Signia Silk X.
  • Best for Tinnitus: Widex Moment.
  • Best Rechargeable: ReSound One.
  • Best with Fall Detection: Starkey Evolv AI.
  • Best for Severe Hearing Loss: Phonak Naída Paradise P-UP.
  • Most Advanced Smart Features: Oticon More.
19 Aug 2022

Which hearing aid is best for old age? ›

Seniors with severe hearing loss should consider behind-the-ear, receiver-in-canal or receiver-in-the-ear, and open-fit styles: Behind-the-ear (BTE). This style of hearing aid rests behind the ear and has a small tube that hooks over the top and connects to an earmold, which is custom-fit to the ear canal.

What is the most technologically advanced hearing aid? ›

Oticon Xceed, the World's Most Powerful Hearing Aid, Gives Veterans with Severe-to-Profound Hearing Loss More Power, More Access to Speech
  • Optimal Gain with Reduced Feedback Risk. ...
  • Proven BrainHearing Benefits for Power Users. ...
  • Easy Wireless Connectivity.
4 Nov 2019

What is the most natural sounding hearing aid? ›

WIDEX MOMENT CIC Micro In-the-ear (ITE) is a discreet hearing aid that sits in your ear instead of behind your ear. It may be small, but it's powerful and offers the pure and natural Widex sound.

How much should you pay for a good hearing aid? ›

The average cost of a pair of hearing aids can range from $2,000 to $7,000. In August 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids for adults that is expected to improve access and reduce costs.

Is Costco a TruHearing provider? ›

Costco isn't a TruHearing provider, but it sells hearing aids for as little as $1,399 a pair. Depending on the model or extras you require, you may end up paying as much as $2,700.

What is the easiest hearing aid to use? ›

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

ITC hearing aids sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they're slightly larger than IIC and CIC styles, they tend to have a slightly longer battery life and can fit a wider range of hearing losses.

What do I need to know before buying a hearing aid? ›

Before you buy
  1. Get a checkup. See your doctor to rule out correctable causes of hearing loss, such as earwax or an infection. ...
  2. Seek a referral to a reputable audiologist. ...
  3. Ask about a trial period. ...
  4. Think about future needs. ...
  5. Check for a warranty. ...
  6. Beware of misleading claims. ...
  7. Plan for the expense.

Which hearing aid is better behind the ear or in the ear? ›

Owing to their discreteness, in-canal hearing aids might seem like the right choice, but behind the ear hearing aids offer a wider range of hearing amplification, are usually more flexible, and offer many more choices to hear better in noise, connect to your smartphone, or stream the sound from your television directly ...

What is latest hearing aid technology? ›

Livio AI is the first-ever hearing aid to feature integrated sensors and artificial intelligence that allows you to track physical activity and cognitive health as measured by hearing aid use.

What's the latest hearing aid? ›

Best Hearing Aids From Audiologists Of 2022
  • Best Hearing Aids From Audiologists of 2022.
  • Kirkland Signature 10.
  • Widex Moment.
  • Oticon More.
  • ReSound One.
  • Whisper Hearing System.
  • Phonak Virto P-Titanium.
  • Starkey Livio Custom Edge AI.

What is ultra power hearing aid? ›

Stride™ Blu Ultra Power is the newest hearing aid from Unitron. It is designed for effortless connectivity, to help you overcome the unique obstacles of your everyday experience. It provides in-the-moment personalization to improve your listening experience, and allow you to stay in the conversation.

How far into the ear canal should a hearing aid go? ›

The earpiece should point towards the ear canal opening. 3. Gently push the earpiece into your ear canal until the thin tube sits close against the side of your head.

How often do you have to replace a hearing aid? ›

Most hearing aids last between three and seven years. Many people wonder why they don't last longer, but the fact is that all hearing aids experience a lot of wear and tear.

What is the minimum price of hearing aid? ›

Basic hearing aid prices range from Rs. 25 thousand onwards (Single-ear).

How much does a single hearing aid cost? ›

The average price of one hearing aid can vary between $1,000 and $3,500.

How much does a RIC hearing aid cost? ›

The average prices for RIC hearing aids in mid-2017 were $1,346, $2,039, and $2,715 (medians: $1,273, $2,000, and $2,900) for economy, mid-level, and premium hearing aids, respectively, for all respondents in this survey (Table 1).

Who makes Costco Kirkland hearing aid? ›

Kirkland Signature 10.0

Kirkland Signature hearing aids are manufactured by the Switzerland-based company Sonova, a leading hearing solutions provider that also develops Phonak hearing aids.

Do audiologists work at Costco? ›

As of 2/19/21 Costco Works With No Insurance Plans

On the other hand, audiologists can work with patients to help them afford their hearing aids in a variety of ways.

Is there a charge for Costco hearing test? ›

Does Costco Offer Free Hearing Tests? Basically, yes. The hearing test and demonstrations of different models are free; you only pay if you place an order for hearing aids.

Is it OK to use only one hearing aid? ›

Can You Wear Just One Hearing Aid? While wearing two hearing aids can be beneficial, it's not always necessary. If a person has hearing loss in one ear and normal or “almost normal” hearing in the other ear, one hearing aid will most likely be recommended.

Why won't my hearing aid stay in my ear? ›

Moisture in your ear canal can cause the device to move around. The hearing aid also may change position from jaw movement when you talk or chew. If you use a dome on your hearing aid, try adjusting to a smaller or larger size. A retention wire may also need to be added by your audiologist.

Is there a hearing aid that blocks out background noise? ›

Modern hearing aids can filter background noise

This is known as digital signal processing (DSP), which is designed to identify background noise and lower its volume. Directional microphones within the unit are also standard.

What are the 4 levels of deafness? ›

Levels of deafness
  • mild (21–40 dB)
  • moderate (41–70 dB)
  • severe (71–95 dB)
  • profound (95 dB).

Can I just buy a hearing aid? ›

You can only buy hearing aids through an audiologist or a licensed hearing aid dispenser, who is authorized to test hearing and sell hearing aids. The cost of the hearing aids covers these professional services and may include up to 4 years of follow-up at no extra cost.

How long do you have to return a hearing aid? ›

If your aid is uncomfortable or unsuitable after a short time of trying it out, you should go back to the dispenser—within 30 days. You may need to review with the dispenser how to work with your aids, or have the dispenser make some adjustments in the settings, or return them for a refund or replacement.

How long does a Phonak hearing aid last? ›

It doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing, Phonak rechargeable hearing aids were created to simplify your life. Free yourself from the hassles of disposable batteries with a groundbreaking built-in lithium-ion battery technology tested to last 6 years*.

How many channels do you need on a hearing aid? ›

Studies suggest that as little as 8 channels are sufficient to restore audibility, even in environments where background noise is present.

Does Phonak Naida have Bluetooth? ›

Phonak Naída™ Marvel is the world's first super power BTE with hands-free calls that can connect directly to either iOS or Android smartphones* or other Bluetooth® enabled phones to stream any kind of audio to both ears.

How often should I change hearing aid domes? ›

The dome and Grip Tip (standard earpieces) should not be cleaned. When you need a fresh, clean dome, remove the existing dome and put on a new one. We recommend replacing the dome at least once a month or as directed by your hearing care professional. Grip Tip should be replaced at least once a month.

How often should a hearing aid be cleaned? ›

Your hearing aids should be cleaned and checked by your audiologist at least every 4-6 months. This is in addition to you wiping the hearing aids off every night before you put them in the case and you checking/at-home cleaning your hearing aids every 1-2 weeks.

How do you tell if hearing aid is working? ›

You should notice a change in volume or “clearness” with your hearing aids in, and you may find yourself wanting to turn the volume down. Turn the hearing aid off and back on while leaving it in your ear. You should hear a start-up sound when it comes on, maybe a tune or a set of beeps.

Should I upgrade my hearing aid? ›

If you have noticed that hearing has become more difficult than normal, even with your hearing aids in, it might be a good time for an upgrade. Especially if you are wearing older analog hearing aids, technology has made leaps and bounds towards making listening easier.

Why does my hearing aid whistle? ›

How does hearing aid feedback occur? Hearing aid feedback occurs when sound that was supposed to go into your ear canal leaves your ear and jumps back into the hearing aid microphone. The sound then gets reamplified, and this causes your hearing aids to whistle.

Why is my Phonak hearing aid playing a tune? ›

The seven tone "tune" that you are referring to is likely the start-up jingle. The hearing aid will do this each time it starts up or reboots itself, and this is normal if this happens only when the battery is first engaged.

Which is the best company of ear machine? ›

Top 6 Hearing Aid Brands
  • Oticon.
  • Phonak.
  • Resound.
  • Signia / Siemens.
  • Widex.
  • Starkey.

Can we use hearing aid without consulting doctor? ›

One has to get examined by a general physician who has to recommend the patient to an ENT specialist. He might further refer the case to an audiologist, all of which cost money and multiple visits. Now in India, accessibility and process are never an issue.

What is the name of hearing machine? ›

A hearing aid is a device designed to improve hearing by making sound audible to a person with hearing loss.
...
Hearing aid
In-the-canal hearing aid
Other namesDeaf aid
1 more row

Is Audious com a reputable company? ›

This company is a scam. Bought their hearing amplifiers based on 90 day warranty. Tried to contact them repeatedly to return the product with no response. Mailed aids to the address on their website and they came back by USPS return receipt and un-deliverable.

Is Signia a good brand? ›

Signia is one of the top three hearing aid brands globally. It'is owned and operated by WS Audiology, which also manages brands including Widex, A&M and audibene. Signia hearing aids were initially sold under the brand Siemens. It was purchased by Sivantos in 2015 and merged into WS Audiology in 2019.

Who owns Phonak? ›

Sonova Group

What is the minimum price of hearing aid? ›

Basic hearing aid prices range from Rs. 25 thousand onwards (Single-ear).

Is Audicus FDA approved? ›

OTC hearing aids vary in quality, but all five Audicus models feature crisp audio quality and an FDA seal of approval. The company's hearing aids range from $499 to $1,399 per ear and can be purchased outright or as a subscription.

Who is Audious? ›

Audius is a blockchain-powered, decentralized music streaming service with social media features. It's owned and run by an open-source community of artists, fans, and developers, and has its own crypto token, AUDIO.

Where is Audicus based? ›

Audicus is a disruptive consumer health startup based in New York City.

Is Signia better than Oticon? ›

Artificial Intelligence for Oticon vs Signia hearing aids shows Signia is the clear winner with its OVP technology. Own Voice Processing (OVP) gives the wearer a normal sounding quality to their 'own voice'. The user's voice is processed separately from other speech sounds being received by the hearing aid.

Why is my Signia hearing aid playing a tune? ›

The seven tone "tune" that you are referring to is likely the start-up jingle. The hearing aid will do this each time it starts up or reboots itself, and this is normal if this happens only when the battery is first engaged.

Are Signia and Siemens the same company? ›

In short, Siemens hearing aids and Signia are one and the same. Today Signia operates through the same R&D team in Germany, manufacturing units, and distribution networks. Siemens branded hearing aids were discontinued in the market approximately in the year 2019/20.

What is the cost of the Phonak? ›

The costs vary depending on the model and range from $2,100–$4,260 per pair. To purchase Phonak hearing aids, you must consult with an audiologist or hearing specialist.

How long does a Phonak hearing aid last? ›

It doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing, Phonak rechargeable hearing aids were created to simplify your life. Free yourself from the hassles of disposable batteries with a groundbreaking built-in lithium-ion battery technology tested to last 6 years*.

How often should you change hearing aid domes? ›

Your domes are disposable and should be changed every one to two months, or when your hearing care professional recommends. Replacing them consistently means your devices will continue working at their best.

Which is the best company of ear machine? ›

Top 6 Hearing Aid Brands
  • Oticon.
  • Phonak.
  • Resound.
  • Signia / Siemens.
  • Widex.
  • Starkey.

Can we use hearing aid without consulting doctor? ›

One has to get examined by a general physician who has to recommend the patient to an ENT specialist. He might further refer the case to an audiologist, all of which cost money and multiple visits. Now in India, accessibility and process are never an issue.

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