Should you buy a completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid or a behind-the-ear (BTE) one? Will you need hearing aids that offer wireless connectivity? Which hearing aids will fit the most comfortably?
Sometimes too much choice can make it difficult to narrow down the best hearing aids for you.
Not to worry, we’ve laid it out for you so that you can make the best-informed decision.
There are several different factors we weighed out before rating these hearing aids.
The most important is style. There are six different styles of hearing aids you should know of: Completely-in-the-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE), receiver-in-canal (RIC) or receiver-in-the-ear (RITE),
The CIC style is the smallest and least visible type and least likely to pick up wind noise.
ITC models can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults and are still less visible in the ear than larger styles.
The ITE styles are helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
The BTE types are appropriate for people of all ages and ameliorate hearing loss of any type. These are the largest hearing aids, but many companies are designing miniature models to solve this pain point.
The RIC or RITE models improve hearing via a tiny wire, being less visible but more susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker.
Open fit hearing aids keep the canal open, allowing for low-frequency sounds to enter the eardrum. These types help those with mild to moderate hearing loss and are less visible.
Other factors to consider when purchasing your hearing aids are noise reduction, rechargeable batteries, wireless connectivity, remote controls, environmental noise control, and direct audio input.
Be sure to ask your hearing aid providers if they offer free trial periods for their devices.
Always consult your doctor before purchase to ensure that you’ve chosen the best hearing aids for your ears.
Because of its unique health and Bluetooth features, the Livio AI is one of the best hearing aids out there.
With its Hearing Reality technology, Livio is effective in even the nosiest of environments such as a loud stadium, though comfortable in either loud or quiet settings.
You can monitor your health via the Thrive App on your smartphone when you connect your hearing aids to the app. It tracks your Body and Brain score, ensuring your physical and mental health.
As a global first, the Livio AI features an easy-to-use translation tool to help you communicate with people who speak a different language than your own — prefect for those who travel.
Like your brain, Livio records geotagged memories that switch between modes when the GPS feature in your smartphone detects a change in your location. When you arrive home, a home memory will be triggered. You can adjust your preferences via the Control in the Thrive app.
Don’t want buzzing or whistling? Not a problem with Livio AI. These hearing aids will cancel feedback to give you an enjoyable listening experience each day.
You’ll also experience tinnitus relief with Livio AI’s advanced MultiFlex Tinnitus technology.
The Phonak Audéo Marvel are some of the best hearing aids on the current market.
The RIC hearing aids use the patented technology AutoSense OS 3.0, to improve sound quality while maintaining hearing performance and speech understanding. It adapts smoothly to a variety of listening situations.
But for Phonak, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The hearing aids also use Binaural VoiceStream technology to stream full audio bandwidths in real-time. It does so bi-directionally — meaning that the two hearing aids are linked to simulate how your brain processes sounds. You will hear sounds even in noisy environments, over the phone, or when you are not facing the speaker.
One of the first hearing aids to feature this, the Phonak Audéo Marvel has Bluetooth connectivity, giving you the freedom to connect directly to either your iOs or Android smartphones. You’ll enjoy stereo sound quality streaming for music, videos, e-books, and podcasts.
Another cool feature of these hearing aids is their AirStream technology. You’ll enjoy your favorite TV programs and movies on top sound quality. The effect is similar to using wireless headphones only more amplified — you’ll be able to distinguish between streamed speech and music signals.
The hearing aids also use rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology.
While one of the best hearing aids on the current market, the Evoke Fusion 2 hearing aids are also smart hearing aids.
Learning from expert-gathered data, Widex offers interactive options to customize your listening experience no matter the scenario.
With the Fluid Sound Controller technology, these hearing aids filter noises that distract you from listening to those around you in loud soundscapes while amplifies even the subtlest of sounds in quiet noise environments.
Using built-in SoundSense Adapt technology, Evoke hearing aids have a memory. Like your own brain, it takes note of all the changes you make and applies them in similar listening changes, even if it’s a new environment.
If you’re ready to go on auto pilot with this device, try the universal program that automatically adjusts to your needs and environments through its Fluid Sound Analyzer and Controller technology.
This is ReSound’s latest and most advanced digital hearing aid out on the market.
It uses Surround Sound technology, meaning that you will hear 360 degrees of sound.
With its patented Spatial Sense technology, LiNX 3D will give you a clear soundscape in your nearest vicinity. In more complex listening scenarios, Binaural Directionality III allows you to focus on the sounds you want, without being dislodged from your current surroundings.
The ReSound Smart 3D app allows you to turn your volume up or down in a designated location, thereby personalizing your listening situations further. Whether you’re an Android or iPhone user, LiNX 3D makes access to products on either device seamless. You can listen to music or make calls via your Android while at the same time iPhone users can make calls of use FaceTime via the ReSound Smart 3D app.
You can personalize your hearing aids by choosing your desired style and color.
One of the best hearing aids on the market for speech comprehension, Signia’s latest Insio is a tailor-made option that offers both a discreet design and exceptional sound quality.
You will have Buetooth connectivity to smartphones for phone call/audio streaming as well as Streaming TV for TV streaming with advanced remote-control options.
Because of Speech Quality technology, you will hear daily speech clearly through the devices sophisticated microphones and advanced noise cancelling technologies.
The 3D Classifier allows you to hear your own voice clearer and that of your nearby environment.
Sound Clarity ensures that all the sounds you hear are lifelike in all environments.
It features TwinPhone, which allows telephone signals to be transmitted from one hearing aid to the other.
It also has a waxguard and vent to protect from earwax and ventilate the ear.
With an exchangeable windscreen, the device protects from wind, noise and dirt.
This is the iPhone of hearing aids.
A mini RITE style hearing aid, the Oticon Opn offers rechargeable batteries, giving you extra flexibility.
With its new ConnectClip technology, you’ll be able to enjoy hands-free connectivity to any smartphone and stream music to both ears via stereo.
In more complex listening environments where sound sources are varied and dynamic, you’ll be able to distinguish between speech and noise alike. It reduces exterior noises while analyzes the soundscape to process multiple speakers at a time.
These hearing aids also come with tinnitus sound support which manages the symptoms of tinnitus, ulterior noises or ringing in the ears. In its place, the device offers relief sounds such as ocean waves to soothe your ears.
These hearings aids are all about the finer details.
Using a full microphone range, the LiNX Quattro processes sound in a cleaner and less distorted fashion — prioritizing conversations whether in the quiet setting of a theatre or loud setting of a busy street.
You’ll be able to stream music, talk on the phone or watch TV effortlessly.
It offers a rechargeable built-in lithium-ion battery to eliminate the need to change batteries and provide long battery life.
These hearing aids are especially for the professional. Offering the user-friendly app ReSound Smart 3D, hearing care professionals (HCPs) will be able to adjust users’ hearing aids remotely, without the need for a clinic visit. This feature is especially important for those who have limited mobility, live in rural areas, have active lives, busy careers, or need to travel long distances to visit their HCP.
As one of the world’s tiniest RIC hearing aids, Signia aims to remove the stigma of hearing aids as a clunky extension of the body by transforming the look of them into a fashionable piece with Styletto.
Personalize your hearing aids by choosing one of the three color combinations: dark granite and silver, cosmic blue and rose gold, or snow white and rose gold.
With its portable charging case, you’ll have 19 hours of daily use, a full charge in three hours, a 30-minute fast-charge option, and three full charges on the go.
Using Own Voice Processing technology, you will enjoy every voice with excellent sound quality, including your own.
The hearing aid also uses Signia’s patented Speech Quality technology, helping you understand your conversation partners whether in noisy areas such as a busy restaurant or quiet place such as a library.
With its patented Sound Clarity solutions, Styletto lets you enjoy listening experiences with a greater clarity.
Styletto’s Notch Therapy treats tonal tinnitus to make your listening experience more comfortable and less painful.
There are some downsides with these hearing aids: no Bluetooth connectivity, fixed receivers, only good for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, and reduced battery life after two years.
If the receivers in your hearing aid fail, they are not changeable at a clinic — meaning if your hearing aids will be sent for repairs and you’ll be without them for at least a week.
The Phonak Audéo B comes in a variety of different profiles in the RIC style.
It is lauded for its excellence in real-life listening situations.
These hearing aids have Bluetooth capability and are compatible with any cell phone, allowing you to enjoy the freedom of connectivity to any streaming service.
The device comes with rechargeable batteries that last 24-hours.
A fully-automated operating system, you won’t need to manually input your preferences as the system updates does that on the go.
Focusing on a single voice in a noisy environment, you will experience 60% more improved speech understanding than without these hearing aids.
The hearing aids come in a range of colors for your choosing.
They also come in six different models to suit your needs: Audéo B-Direct, Audéo B-R, Audéo B-10, Audéo B-312, Audéo B-312T, and Audéo B-13. The models differ by their battery type.
When choosing the best hearing aids to suit your needs and lifestyle, consider the style of the hearing aids. Are you looking for a hearing aid that is more discreet?
Consider the various features in hearing aid that will affect your hearing: noise reduction, environmental noise control, wireless connectivity, rechargeable batteries, and variable programming.
Before making a purchase, consult your doctor to ensure that your desired hearing aids will suit your health needs.
Look for companies that offer free trials so that you know how it feels to listen with their product.
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