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The Best Hearing Aids of 2020 and Top Brands

Have you ever gone to a candy store and been overwhelmed by the shelves upon shelves of different options? You get so accosted by the colors and logos and end up buying something that isn’t close to what you were looking for in the first place. You may have felt a similar sensation if you’ve ever dipped your toe into the hearing aid world.

To make your life easier, we've compiled a list of the “The Big Six.” No, not the group of supervillains who teamed up to bring down our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. No, “The Big Six” refers to the six largest hearing aid manufacturers.

Big 6 own 98% of the industry

The main hearing aid brands are:

  • Widex
  • Oticon
  • Phonak
  • ReSound
  • Signia
  • Starkey
CompanyMarket Share
William Demant/Oticon23%


If you’d rather hear it from the horse’s mouth, however, you can always use our form to book a free consultation with a hearing healthcare specialist near you. There you’ll be able to discuss hearing aids and your various options face-to-face.

When we surveyed 2,019 people who visited Clear Living (which is a purely coincidental number, we assure you), we found that a massive 61% (1,229 people) did not wear hearing aids.

When we asked these people, there were three main reasons: reliability, overall cost, and uncertainty. These are all rational concerns, so in this article, we’ll do our best to look at every big hearing aid brand, and break them down enough that these three concerns are a thing of the past

Before we begin, we should stress that this article is not sponsored by any of the brands listed below. All information listed is objective and fair to the best of our knowledge and research.

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The “Big Six”

We’re going to look at the best and most unique hearing aid models offered by each of the Big Six, as well as a surprise up-and-comer, known as Eargo, and help you decide which hearing aids are the right choice for you.

We’ll be looking at the top hearing aid brands and the models they offer:

What will we be looking at?

First we’ll have a brief look at each company, their philosophy and their history.

Then we’ll look at the individual models that each company produces, the features and cost estimates, and general reception from the public. Some things to remember:

  • Most hearing aid manufacturers are fairly protective about their costs, so any prices we mention are approximations based on third party information
  • Since we’re looking at the best hearing aids, you can assume they’ll all be pretty good quality. Any problems we mention will be pulled from individual reviews and shouldn’t be viewed as overarching problems with every single product
  • This quality means they’ll also be the most expensive models within their brands. If these price tags worry you, you’ll be able to drop down a couple levels and save with a cheaper model


What are hearing aid price bundles?

We spoke to Florida-based audiologist Dr. Lindsey Banks about hearing aid pricing, and here’s what she had to say:

“So, when a patient is given a cost quote for the hearing aid, it typically includes the time/services needed by the professional to test, fit, counsel, and follow-up with the patient and their new hearing aids. Some professionals “bundle” their services in the cost of the hearing aids, while others “unbundle” the cost of the actual device price from the cost of the services they provide. And then there are all sorts of semi-bundled methods.

“[Bundled packages are] typically going to be more, because the patient is paying for the professional's services up front instead of on a per-visit basis. The service costs may be included for the entire lifetime of the hearing aid, or for a period of time, like one year. The included services should be outlined in their purchase contract.

“The price to get hearing aids that are unbundled from the service costs may be less, but the follow-up services or visits with the professional will be a paid service. So, while they may pay less up front, the patient can have office-visit charges when they come in to see the professional for hearing aid adjustments, cleanings, etc.

Hearing aid bundled packages cost more

“The prices that the professional sets for a hearing aid will depend on whether it's bundled or unbundled with the services, as well as the single-unit cost the manufacturer is charging them to purchase the device. These single-unit costs are negotiated with each manufacturer and that is also why many hearing aid professionals are a part of a buying group to get better pricing on the aids.”

“Big Six” Average Pricing

Here is a table of the average prices of the hearing aids we've looked at for each of these brands.

BrandAverage Hearing Aid PriceOur Top Pick
Widex$2,800Widex UNIQUE
Oticon$2,600Oticon OPN 1
Phonak$2,900Phonak Audéo Marvel 90
ReSound$2,350LiNX 3D 9
Signia$2,500Motion Charge&Go Nx
Starkey$2,600Starkey Livio AI 2400

So, without further ado, here are the Big Six hearing aid brands.

Widex hearing aid models

A family-owned Danish company that breezed onto the scene in 1956, one of Widex’s claims to fame is their CO2-neutral building. ‘56 may feel like a long time ago, but in terms of the Big Six, Widex is on the younger side. As the stereotype goes, the younger people are always about the newest technology, and this stereotype seems to apply to companies too. Widex is always blowing forward, looking to the best tech that can improve their products.

The two Widex models we’ll be looking at are the EVOKE and the UNIQUE. We’re not shouting, that’s just what they’re called.


Firstly, The EVOKE. It’s titled “the world’s first smart hearing aid,” but what makes it so smart? According to the Widex SoundSense Technology, the longer you use EVOKE, the more it evolves. This doesn’t only apply to you, however, as everyone’s data is collected anonymously and used to make the EVOKE hearing experience better.

The Fluid Sound Analyzer reacts to your environment, and responds accordingly. It also claims to “remember all changes you make and intelligently applies them to similar situations.” By all accounts, the “smartness” of this hearing aid is well earned.

Where pricing is concerned, you’ll find that Widex is fairly expensive. The Widex EVOKE will cost around $3,000.


The UNIQUE is a hearing aid for any active lifestyle. It claims to have the best noise reduction system, which means that sounds can be heard even in windy environments (anyone who’s tried to have a phone call in the wind knows how important this is.) It also detects the user’s listening situation and adapts appropriately, meaning they’ll be hearing the most appropriate sound for their time and place.

Widex UNIQUE will be a little bit more than the EVOKE at around $3,300.

Oticon hearing aid models

Founded in 1904, Oticon is a member of the old guard in the hearing aid world. Another Danish company, Oticon was started by a man whose wife was hard-of-hearing. This planted the seed of wanting to help his wife through developing hearing technology. As you can imagine, the company that sprouted from this goal claims to be “People First.” This mantra is “the promise to empower people to communicate freely, interact naturally and participate actively.”

While we’re only talking about two models per company, Oticon coincidentally only really has two models worth discussing. You can obviously reach further back into their catalogue to get some older models for lower prices, but as far as their current products go, we have the Oticon Opn S and the Oticon Opn Play.

Oticon Opn S

The Opn S is currently Oticon’s flagship model. It has two very nice features known as BrainHearing and ConnectClip. BrainHearing is a technology that lets the hearing aid scan your 360° environment.

This might sound like what any given hearing aid would do, but a lot of hearing aids are actually directional. This means they often take in the sound of what you’re looking at (where your head is pointed.) BrainHearing allows omnidirectional hearing, which is a lot more natural.

ConnectClip is a nifty little attachment that can transform your hearing aid into a headset. It can connect to any compatible device and act as a go-between from that device to your hearing aid, allowing you to hear music or phone calls. It can also be clipped onto lecturers or speakers so that you can hear any speeches from a distance.

As far as negative reports go, there have been a couple users who claim the hearing aid cuts out, and might need multiple visits to your hearing specialist to perfect the tuning.

When discussing cost, Oticon can be pretty pricey. The highest model of the Opn S can cost anywhere around the low $3,000s.

Oticon Opn Play

The second model we’ll discuss is the Opn Play, which is a hearing aid designed solely for children. Multiple “groovy” colors can entice a child with hearing loss to go for an Opn Play. It’s very resistant to punishment, like dust, water, physical damage, and even curious fingers trying to look inside.

It also has a watered down version of the ConnectClip called the “AmigoFM.” This can be given to any teacher before class, and streams their voice directly to the child’s hearing aid.

As far as cons go, it might catch the eye of potentially malicious children, even in its most basic colors. This is somewhat unavoidable, however, and shouldn’t be counted against the device. As it’s intended for children, it’s also somewhat barebones in terms of additional features, which is understandable.

The Opn Play is estimated at around $2,300.

Family hearing aid

Phonak hearing aid models

Phonak is a brand of hearing aids under the Sonova holding. Sonova and its brands account for 24% of global hearing aid sales, so it’s definitely a big fish in the audiology world. Making its splash back in 1947, Phonak claims to be “passionate about creating hearing solutions that change people’s lives to thrive socially and emotionally.”

Due to its size, Phonak produces numerous types of models. The two we’ll be looking at here are the Phonak Audéo Marvel 90 and the Phonak Lyric.

Audéo Marvel 90

The Marvel is a unification of every great feature included in Phonak’s previous models. These features include Bluetooth capabilities, stellar sound quality, and a rechargeable battery.

If it sounds like we don’t have a lot to say, it’s because there aren't too many amazing features that are unique to the Marvel. Instead, it takes features from other hearing aids and combines them into one. Public reception is generally great, with the only complaints being related to the battery life (~16 hours) or the high price.

Looking at cost, the Marvel is around $2,800.

Phonak Lyric

The Lyric is Phonak’s most unique hearing aid. Rather than being worn on the outside of the ear, the Lyric is implanted into the ear canal. This means it’s entirely invisible, and has an extremely long battery life. This is independence that most other hearing aids don’t offer, which makes the Lyric a great idea for anyone with an active lifestyle. However, since the battery can only be changed by a professional, there is a bit of dependence on being nearby a qualified specialist.

The Lyric has a unique subscription model, costing $160 a month.

ReSound hearing aid models

Another Danish company founded in 1943 (whatever the Danes were going through in the ‘40s definitely rocked the world of audiology.) ReSound “constantly strives to develop better solutions that help people rediscover hearing so they can live rich, active and fulfilling lives.” ReSound prides themselves on breaking ground through pioneering new technologies for hearing aids.

We’ll be looking at ReSound’s LiNX Quattro 9, and the Enya 4.

LiNX Quattro 9

We’ll start off by letting you know, the LiNX Quattro is about to get a new feature in November that allows Android connectivity, so if that’s something you’d be interested in, you may want to wait. Otherwise, the product is the same as what’s currently on the market.

The Quattro includes noise tracking, adjustable directional mixing, and a whole host of other features. You can get a rechargeable battery for the Quattro, but it does cost a bit more on top of the already considerable price.

The LiNX Quattro 9 should cost around $2,740, which is certainly a bit steep.

Enya 4

On the other hand, the Enya 4 is one of the cheapest hearing aids that money can buy. It offers great sound quality and app compatibility, but otherwise doesn’t do much. It’s ideal for anyone just starting out on their hearing healthcare journey, as the as the lack of confusing features – along with the low price point – are very welcoming to anyone confused by this industry.

The Enya 4 is far cheaper than the Quattro, clocking in at about $1,500, and possibly even cheaper if you go for an older model.

Signia hearing aid models

In 1878 (yes, 1878,) Werner von Siemens (yes, the tech company Siemens) discovered that voice signals can be amplified via electrical means. Since then, Signia has been zapping across the planet, eager to expand their “proud history of entrepreneurship, courage, scientific curiosity and the will to help others.” Signia is owned by Sivantos, which used to be owned by Siemens. We know it’s complicated, but in order to stop you from frying your brain, just imagine Signia as its own company.

The two Signia models we’ll be looking at are the Styletto Connect and the Pure Charge&Go Nx.

Styletto Connect

The Styletto has found its champion in Manuel Cortez. A German-Portugese actor, photographer, and style expert, you can see that image would be very important to him. Yet, as the name Styletto would imply, it’s one of the more stylish hearing aids on the market.

As far as features go, it boasts Bluetooth connectivity, a portable charger, and compatibility with the myHearing App, through which you can get professional help, as well as remote adjustments. Any complaints we found related to somewhat spotty Bluetooth connections, and a shorter-than-usual battery life.

The price for the Styletto is very reasonable, clocking in at around $2,200.

Pure Charge&Go Nx

Next, the Pure Charge&Go Nx. Convenience is the name of the game. It’s on the smaller side of the hearing aid spectrum, being a discreet behind-the-ear device. Its biggest draws, however, come in the form of its wireless charging and its OVP. Wireless charging is what it sounds like – place the hearing aids on their inductive charger, and they’ll automatically be juiced up – no wires required.

OVP stands for Own Voice Processing, which provides the user with a natural-sounding voice. A large complaint from first-time hearing aid users is that their own voice sounds unnatural, so OVP is quite a plus. Complaints about the model are very minor, usually citing the unremarkable design.

The Pure Charge&Go Nx costs around $2,200, which is a very decent price for a product that has such high standards of quality.

Child's hearing aid

Starkey hearing aid models

Blazing onto the scene in 1967, Starkey is this article’s first and only good ol’ American company. It's so American, that our own President Ronald Reagan was fitted for a pair of Starkey hearing aids back in the ‘80s! Starkey also has a burning passion for a good cause. Every purchase of a Starkey hearing aid incurs a donation to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which supplies hearing aids to underprivileged people around the world.

As you can tell from their placement, Starkey is the cheapest of the Big Six. The two heavy hitters we’ll be looking at here are the Starkey Livio 2400 and the Picasso i2400.

Livio and Picasso

We’ll go over both hearing aids at once, since while they’re different models, they have similar features. Starkey seems to be very forward-thinking when it comes to active lifestyles for those with hearing loss. They provide a load of different channels and frequencies, which allow for easy listening in a variety of settings, whether it’s a windy hike or a loud concert.

The main difference between the Livio and the Picasso is their forms. The Livio is what people picture when they think of a hearing aid, curving around behind the ear. The Picasso is a more interior hearing aid, being worn in the ear canal. One Picasso design is even known as “invisible-in-canal” design, which means it’s theoretical invisible to the naked eye.

Both of these hearing aids can connect to your smartphone, and have very impressive battery lives, ranging from three days to two weeks of life.

When looking at prices, even though we said that Starkey is the cheapest, these models will be around the same as the others we’ve discussed. Starkey’s thriftiness only makes a substantial difference when looking at their back catalogue. These two models discussed seem to be around $2,400. This is certainly still on the cheaper side of the spectrum, but the real savings come with the more basic models.

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Speak to a qualified hearing specialist and discuss hearing aid options tailored specifically for you. We recommend that you get professional advice before considering one of the hearing aids listed above.

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Eargo hearing aid models

The Big Six have had a solid grip on the hearing aid industry for quite a while now. However, as though a purifying light beamed down onto the world of hearing technology, Eargo threw its hat into the ring. Founded in 2010, Eargo is a very young company. But just like any fan of the LA Rams’ Jared Goff knows, youth is no reason to be underestimated. One of their hearing aids was already listed as one of TIME’s best inventions of 2018.

Eargo’s main philosophy seems to hinge on ease of use. In a world full of confusing product names and features that all seem to do similar things, Eargo tries to simplify the process. They supply only three products, two of which we’ll discuss here: Eargo Plus and Eargo Neo.

Eargo Plus

Firstly, their base model, ironically called the Eargo Plus, intended for first-time hearing aid users. Some of the highlight features include cyclable sound profiles, near-invisibility, and a portable charging case.

The near-invisibility is thanks to Eargo’s soon-to-be-iconic silicon fibers. These suspend the hearing aid in the middle of the ear canal, rather than blocking your ear entirely like most other hearing aids. This allows for more comfort and a better hearing experience.

As far as pricing goes, Eargo actually lists their product prices on their website! We can definitively tell you that the Eargo Plus will cost you $1,650, or a monthly payment of $77

Eargo Neo

Their newest model with a more suitable name, Eargo Neo, is currently Eargo’s most advanced product. Rather than the silicon fibers, Eargo Neo uses silicon buds, which look similar to flower petals. These are a bit more comfortable and reliable. The biggest addition, however, are the Neo’s customizable sound profiles. With these, the user can perfectly craft their hearing aid’s range and frequency through an app.

The Neo will run you $2,750, or monthly payments of $127.

All in all

Despite how accessible the hearing aid industry should be, it can be a real nightmare to navigate. Hopefully we’ve given you a leg up, or at least a starting point that allows you to understand what you want or need in a hearing aid.

BrandHearing AidBest Feature
WidexEVOKEAdaptable SoundSense technology
William Demant/OticonOticon Opn SOmnidirectional hearing
Sonova/PhonakAudéo Marvel 90Unification of most great features
ReSoundLiNX Quattro 9Android connectivity
Siemens/SigniaPure Charge&Go NxWireless charging
EargoEargo NeoComfortable ear fibers

However, if you have unanswered questions or problems, you might want to book a free consultation with a hearing healthcare professional near you. If you use our quick and easy form, you’ll be directed to your nearest hearing specialist, who will be happy to offer you a free consultation where you can ask any questions you may have.

Duncan Lambden

Duncan Lambden


Duncan is an Australian-born American-raised creative writer with a passion for healthy ears. He continues to build upon his audiology qualifications with research and various courses. Duncan has been working alongside Florida-based audiologist Lindsey Banks, Au.D., to make sure that Clear Living has the most up-to-date content.


  1. Robert Dufort says:

    I have 78 ys hold and im not good whit new’s thecnologies , my case is medium and i dont used anathing except my PC .

    Please tell me what you suggest to my buy and why . I have a good budget



    1. Lindsey Banks says:

      You can use this link to find a provider in your area that can help get you what you need!

  2. Rick O'Neill says:

    I have owned Resound BTE Linx2 hearing aids for several years . Aside from a few issues needing to have receivers replaced from time to time They have been pretty good up until now. I use a size 4 receiver with my Linx2 aids which is the longest they make. Resound just recently redesigned the receivers that fit my Linx2 and used a stiffer material for the tube/wire and made it almost 1/4″ shorter. To say the least these do not work for me. Constantly the receiver pulls out of my ear and feeds back and also causes the aid to sit higher on my ear which is uncomfortable. I have been round and round with a resound rep and my audiologist about this. My audiologist is 100% behind me and resound is dragging their feet. they won’t own up to their R&D department screwing up the new receivers and making them shorter.

    1. Lindsey Banks says:

      Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with the new ReSound receivers. I hope they are able to get this resolved for you ASAP. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. adam jones says:

    Very nice article shared. My cousin took a proper consultation from Victorian Hearing which is the best hearing clinic in Australia. They have members of Audiology Australia and hold current Certificates of Clinical practice. Keep sharing such articles.

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Adam,
      Thank you for your comment and the feedback.

  4. sujeet bhagat says:

    Thanks for this information. It’s a really helpful post, I’m inspired by you.
    If you decide to buy hearing aids then do some market research to get the best service. You know this is an expensive investment and you want to do everything to find the right one that meets your needs. There are so many different brands and different retail outlet to choose from. In this article, you will get more info about hearing aid manufacturers.

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Sujeet, Thank you for your positive feedback, we couldn’t agree more with your comment.

  5. John Jones says:

    Hello. Has anyone tried purchasing hearing aids online? I am seeing major discounts online, but I’m worried about not having an office to go into. I see several companies that offer many popular brands, but not sure what the experience is like. Would like to hear any comments on this.

  6. Elizabeth Mosolygo says:

    Is Signia Insio 7 CIC is good ? Is somebody have this model?
    I read opinions but not many people talk about this model.
    Please advise.

  7. Bruce Buckner says:

    My insurance only covers a few basic hearing aid models. My audiologist (at a major university medical center) has recommended Phonak VitroV50 or Opticon Alta from the models covered. My hearing loss is across all frequencies from -50dB at the lower frequencies to -60dB at 4k+. Which of these models would be best for me?

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Bruce. Both the Phonak Virto V and Oticon Alta hearing aids are 1 generation behind the devices on this list but they would both be appropriate for your hearing loss.

  8. Dee says:

    Went to Audiologist #1, got a sales pitch for Starkey. Regular retail $xxxx, discount $xxx . Tried in office & could hear better. Went to Aud. #2, said any of the top 6 mfgs are pretty comparable. Told him want rechargable, BTE. #2 suggested a Phonak – he said he does not have a lot of experience with Starkey. I saw some reviews & Starkey was not high on the list. I need to make a decision this week – any opinions? HELP!! (looking to get group 1 or group 2, so will be spending some $$)

    1. Bnkhanna says:

      I am using Starkey first cic and now bte. I find starkey suits me more than others. I have used Seimen but it was failure. I used widex. It also did it serve my purpose. Last I took Starkey. CIC was no good. I have now taken Starkey BTE for 49999/-. This is much better. We should remember hearing once lost cannot be original.

  9. Johnny says:

    I got my first hearing aids from a local business that had been in business for 40 plus years.The cost for a pair of Intell-i-Hear waqs just under $5000 with my AAA discount. That company got in trouble with the state for how they were marketing to seniors and eventually sold out. When I went in for cleanings, hearing test or adjustments it seemed that the staff was always new people and service was terrible. In need of replacement I went to my local Costco. Since I suffer with Menieres bi-laterally with the right side being the worst the Audioligist took extra time with my testing and even gave me a demo of what new aids could do for me while still in the test booth. She suggested that I go with the Resound R.I.E. and programmed a demo pair for me to try, I was amazed as that day my Menieres was causing all sounds to be like an overdriven speaker, but the program she loaded into the demo was very clear. When I asked about the Kirkland brand she explained that the sound quality would be different b ut she could set-up a demo for those also and let me hear the difference. I went with the Resounds and am very happy with the choice and as my wife said saving almost 50% over the cost of my first pair is nothing to regret. As many others have said, a trained Audiologist is the most important part of getting hearing aids so find someone you feel comfortable with that can answer your questions and will take the time to work with you for testing, fitting and any problems that may come up.

  10. Sheralee says:

    I am sorry, but I do not trust any hearing aid providers at all. Each provider is akin to a car salesman. They are all pushing the hearing aid they are currently marketing (or getting commission for). They do not care about the user. Just making the sale.

    I have worn an aid since I was 14. I am now 54. So yes I do speak with experience. I have hated hearing aids since day one. Nothing but grief. Spent thousands on aids over the years. I have now made the decision not to wear an aid any more. At this stage of my life, I can not justify $1500 – $300o on a hearing aid.

    Yes, I can not listen to music anymore, Yes, I can not hear conversations. But I would rather take this route, then spend another couple of thousand on an hearing aid sold to me by someone only interested in a sale. The article states, seek the advice of your health provider… They are not impartial, far from it.

    1. Shawn says:

      I don’t believe my audiologist is biased, or dishonest. I just don’t think she has enough technical knowledge to know the real differences between each competing model. I personally have not been able to find any technical data on any of the hearing aids that allows you to make a feature by feature comparison. Their websites are just bunch of marketing jargon, and useless video clips. There is also no lab that I am aware of objectively comparing competing hearing aids. That’s why I was hoping someone on this forum, based on their knowledge, could recommend a make and model that handles noisy environment better than their competitor.

  11. Shawn says:

    I am in my 60’s and have moderate to sever hearing loss in high frequency sounds. I have no problem hearing in the quite room in small group, or watching TV. However, I have extreme difficulty hearing in noisy rooms, restaurants, and at social events. This is going to be my first purchase of the hearing aid. I have spent a lot of time reading about various hearing aids from all major manufacturers. Unfortunately I have not be able to do a comparison for my need in better hearing in noisy environment. Audiologist I visited was not able to tell me why she would recommend one brand vs another (both premium brand names). Do any of the brands and premium models do a better job in noisy environment?

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Shawn,
      If the Audiologist you saw was not able to tell you why she recommended the brands she did then I would recommend you seek a second opinion.

  12. Dawn says:

    I was recently diagnosed with (moderate) high frequency hearing loss. All other aspects of my hearing are fine. I have a hard time hearing women’s voices, and speech clarity is also a big issue for me. For instance, I constantly have to ask my female boss to repeat what she is saying, even when I am standing close to her. I would also be one to hear the word “peach” when it was really “teach”. I have been using Resound Linx 3D hearing aids for about three weeks now. They are supposed to be the top of the line latest technology, yet I don’t feel as if I hear voices any louder or clearer than I do without them. It seems as if most sounds are amplified, but not voices. Most certainly not my bosses voice. The hearing aids also have issues with the blue tooth feature connecting to the Smart 3D app that I downloaded on my android phone. The hearing aids have been adjusted a few times already to no avail. I am getting ready to try another set of the same aids to see if something is wrong with the aids I have. The audiologist told me that if I am still unable to hear voices louder & clearer, that she would order a different brand for me. So my question is, which brand (if any) works best for high frequency hearing loss and improves speech clarity? Thank you!

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Dawn,
      Take a look at this article as these are what we would recommend for the moderate hearing loss you’re describing.

  13. Debbie says:

    I have moderate hearing loss- “cookie bite” and am choosing a new device. My audiologist is recommending the Uniton Moxi Pro which is not one of your recommended brands. she say the phonak B90 is not worth the extra money. I am after a rechargeable one but was not sure which brands other than unitron have the interchangeable batteries? I am wanting the best quality I can get and will need a mic as I am a physiotherapist and clip it under the bed when patients are talking to the floor!

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Debbie,
      You will see under the Phonak info on this page that we do mention the Unitron brand. Unitron and Phonak are sister companies, and while Phonak is the more known brand, Unitron is still very good and comparable. I would agree with your audiologist’s opinion.

    2. Susan Pickoff says:

      Debbie-I also have bilateral moderate cookie bite loss. What kind of hearing aids did you end up buying? Are you happy with them?

  14. Al W says:

    I currently have a pair of Miracle Ear hearing aids that are 9 years old – believe they were made by Siemens – which is now Sivantos. I am 77 years old and my higher range hearing is really bad. The current aids have worked fine most of the time, but visited the Miracle Ear local shop yesterday and the audiologist had me try on the new aids, the Genius, fully digital. I scored 70% with the current aids, and of course 100% with the new ones. The test was the short 10 question test. The ones I missed were all in the higher range. With trade in, two new ones would set me back $3,400. Is this common, or was I being “set-up” a bit with the test and them knowing their new product would out perform the older aids.

    1. Clear Living says:

      I can’t say for sure, not knowing what exact testing they did on you. However, I would suspect you to score significantly better with the new technology versus your 9 year-old aids. I would say it is likely a good investment for your hearing!

  15. Jean B says:

    I have read all above comments and am more confused than ever! I have profound hearing loss-left ear=80 and down below 110, right ear 80, down to 105 on audiogram. I am 77 and present hearing aids no longer work for me. Audiologist suggested cochlear implant, do not want! Any suggestions on brands to try? Thank you for any imput.

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Jean. You should definitely check out our 5 recommended hearing aids for profound hearing loss.

  16. Randy Sroufe says:

    Can anyone make a recommendation for hearing aids that best address low frequency hearing loss? I have had ReSound custom molded ITE, which are several years old. The sound quality has never been near natural and the audiologist finally had to flat-line the adjustment of the frequencies to prevent feedback. The audiologist was very thorough as we tried multiple types of hearing aid devices; however, sounds appear to be muffled instead of crisp–this could be due my low frequency loss. If anyone suffers low frequency loss and provide any input, that would be greatly appreciated.

  17. Don says:

    Any experience with Eargo? The idea of allowing low frequencies to pass through and only amplifying the high frequencies is interesting, and from what I have seen are the only rechargable invisible in ear aid

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Don
      You are correct about them being the only rechargeable invisible in the ear (IIC) hearing aid, however there are a lot of hearing aids that allow the low frequencies to pass through and only amplify the high frequencies. They are called open-fit hearing aids.

    2. Ken says:

      I have been using the Eargo Neos for about a week. I like them a lot. In the canal is my preference for aids. Has anyone here compared Eargos to any other in canal hearing aid ?

  18. Nitin says:

    My nephw 4 years old having hearing loss, and audiologist recommended Widex aid in ₹50000. But i m having one more option of getting Resound aid in a half prize than Widex. Which one should i choose ?

    1. Clear Living says:

      A 4-year old needs a specific hearing aid, children at that age should not be wearing the same hearing aid that an adult would wear. Regardless of the manufacturer I would verify with the audiologist that it is a pediatric hearing aid.

  19. shipdog7 says:

    I am 74 years of age and have no connection or interest in any hearing aid manufacturer. I bought the $5000 in the ear hearings aids years ago from a local well known center. Had them for 8 years. In the shop every 6 months. Accidentally dropped one of them. $150 each occasion because they had to be shipped from Michigan to NY for repair. When I was quoted $6000 for a new pair I decided to look elsewhere. I ended up only needing one because I am deaf in my right ear. High volume Tinnitus. I bought a Rexton ( over the ear) at Costco ($1300) over 4 years ago. Happy with it. No repairs needed during that time. Recently started having problems with it. It is difficult getting an immediate appointment with them. You pay the higher price at the well known shops because they do heavy advertising. Marketing. Followup visits. Technology changes so fast in 4 years. For the better. Fast forward. I was recently awarded 100% disability after 50 years and being in the Vietnam War. In 2 weeks I will be getting free Phonak aids from VA. The audiologist says I can hear better with 2 instead of only the left one I currently wear. We will see? HEAR?

  20. Steve Miles says:

    I am a veteran and get my hearing aids through the VA. The brand I took was Starkey invisible in Canal have not had to go back to the audiologist , not even once. And the nicest thing about them is that they are free !

  21. Eric says:

    Am using hearing aids for over 40 years now. As for me, 1 thing always outstands everything else and that is ‘sound quality’. Does not matter how much features a device has. Does not matter how well known a brand is. The quality of the sound is what I listen to and what I decide upon. I hate clipping, I hate to hear compression when sounds get louder. A good device gives me a natural fealing, without constant whistling, without hearable volume adjustments and without decrease of quality due to compression.

    And in spite of all developnets, unfortunately this still is something that many hearing aids fail to deliver properly. Especially in the lower segments of the market.
    I don’t mind having a bit bigger device behind my ear (used to, 30 years ago ;-) if this increases quality drastically. A set of in-earphones of 100 dollar gives awesome quality of sound. Fine… increase the size of the device a bit an put it in. For example ;-)

  22. doug says:

    After reading the entire set of postings I feel that i have gained a a good appraisal of my feelings.Having owned a set of entry level Bernafon BTE for last 8 years [and been reasonably happy with them]I am now trying a set of Costco Kirkland[rexton].
    The staff at Costco have tried very hard to help me, And I believe that they are good, but my speech recognition has not improved –quote Mark dec. – My problem that with hearing is clarity. For example, someone could be saying “teach” and I hear “peach”.
    Maybe that I am not going to find anything better, and that I have ‘got what I have got’

    1. Bill M says:

      I’d like to suggest something that passed along to me when I told the audiologist that I had trouble with vowels and consonants. She passed me a CD called LACE which stands for Listening and Communication Enhancement. You simply put it in, play it, interact with it, and hopefully find after going thru the program your recognition improves. (I am due to review it again as I notice I am not picking up conversation as well lately. It will run on Apple or Microsoft or DVD players. It is a home based self-paced, adaptive auditory training program designed to improve listening and communication skills. I see on the disk box has what I assume is the company -Neurotone, Inc. I thought I remembered hearing that the University of Mich had something to do with this but don’t quote me on this. I hope you can locate it as it definitely helped me. Maybe check with your audiologist!

  23. Prabha Kapoor says:

    Have someone used Embrace Hearing Aids? Is it worth going for this?

  24. Ned says:

    I have been wearing a Starkey BTE hearing aid for the past 6 years. They will need to be replaced soon and I would like to consider all options. I have profound hearing loss at high frequencies and almost normal hearing at lower frequencies. I have been told that this will present some challenges in selecting the appropriate hearing aid. I read your article regarding the top choices for sever hearing loss. Do you think those still apply in my situation?

    I am considering Costco. They have trained audiologists and carry many of the top brands and prices seem to be better.


    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Ned,
      I wouldn’t consider the severe hearing aids we posted about for you since you have normal hearing in the low frequencies. I would consider a hearing aid with some form of frequency lowering technology such as the Oticon Opn, Phonak Audeo, or Starkey IQ. I would also recommend you see a private audiologist that understanding frequency lowering technology. Since you have a more challenging loss to fit, the hearing aid is only going to be as good as the professional that fits it.

  25. Rodolfo says:

    I bought a Widex Sensoplus in Mexico city 2004 and i still use this obsolet device for more than a decade! with no problems! I dont have tried new widex or other brands models because they are expensive, basic models are great.

  26. Mark says:

    I have Siemens hearing aids for the past few years. They were recommended by my audiologist. They have provided only a minimal (if any at all) improvement to my hearing. My problem that with hearing is clarity. For example, someone could be saying “teach” and I hear “peach”.
    I have moved out of the area since but have been back several time to see my audiologist. He adjusted the aids every time and they seemed OK while I was in the office. However, when I came out of his office and in real life situations, I experienced the same problem.
    I feel that the price of hearing aids, along with prescription eye glasses and dugs, is way too excessive and hearing aids are not worth it for the little improvement they may make. At least in my case.

  27. John Connolly says:

    I have been looking into hearing aids and shopped all the major brands. I have also checked into Beltone, which impressed me but I can’t find much literature on how they rate among the top brands. I have a friend who purchased them as a replacement for his first set and he is very pleased. Please advise.
    Thank you

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi John, great question. Beltone is a hearing aid franchise company owned by GN ReSound, so you are actually getting a ReSound (or very similar to) hearing aid when you purchase a Beltone hearing aid. One thing to keep in mind is that because a Beltone hearing aid is a private label, you will have to continue receiving care and adjustments for that hearing aid at a Beltone office, as you will not have the flexibility to see any hearing healthcare provider for assistance with that hearing aid. It’s important that you have a good relationship with the provider at that Beltone office before purchasing a Beltone hearing aid because that is who you will have to follow through with as long as you have that hearing aid.

      1. Deannie says:

        I have only worn Beltone hearing aids!! And I love them. I’ve worn hearing aids for over 15 years, and just purchased my new ones ( the last pair I bought 9 years ago) My new hearing aids I can use with my IPhone with Bluetooth, rechargeable batteries, the clarity is awesome. The care I receive in the office is great, my hearing loss is very profound . In my 15 years with Beltone , I have only had one that had the be sent out to do a repair on.. my last pair had absolutely no issues, just regular check ups and maintenance in the office.. never any charges for that service!

      2. Nicole says:

        If you purchase Beltone hearing aids, you can be seen at ANY Beltone office for free. So, if you are out of town and need some assistance, you can go to the Beltone office in the town you are currently in for help.

    2. Gordon Dowen says:

      I have nerve end damage hearing loss from birth with 70% loss in right ear and 30% loss on the left. I have worn Beltone’s for 48 years. as a kid, I didn’t care, Mom made me wear them. What I remember most was the provider, Ed Heinrich. Wonderful man, always spent time talking to ME (not mom) about how my hearing was doing and listened to everything I told him, to insure I was comfortable and happy. As a teenager, I switched from the BTE to in the canal, purely to try for aesthetic reasons. I didn’t really care if people noticed, I was use to it, and no one else seemed to care either. They were OK, but what I didn’t like was the hard shell, I broke them several times. In my late twenties I moved to another state, and had to find a new provider. I met several, who addressed my needs but never as comfortable as Mr . Heinrich to me. I wore ITC until my early late thirties then under advise of the provider, to best fit the power requirements needed for my loss, went back to the BTE, which I realized I actually like better. Now, with the digital and programmable aids I can hear somewhat better, but I am disappointed that regardless of how much tweaking programming, and fiddling we do I still cannot hear voice ranges any better. In fact, though my tests show show very little change in my hearing, I feel like voices get worse. I still totally rely on lip reading for clarity. If I cannot see the person talking, I can’t understand.
      As for Beltone, I am pleased with the quality, service and reliability. Always have. My worst complaint is cost, very expensive.. but then I guess they all are. But I am wondering if there is something available that can better help me, I want to to hear what everyone else does. I want to hear the same noises, tones, and precision everyone else does. Maybe I never will.
      For most people with general degenerative hearing losses or whatevers, I would recommend Beltone.

  28. Steve Jennings says:

    I have been wearing Oticon Alta (pro?), which in December 2013 were the high-end Oticons. They were trouble free until about 2 months ago. Oticon replaced one of them for $250. Now I am having trouble with the other one . . . don’t know whether to just buy a new pair . . . reading about all the trouble people had, I guess I should feel lucky. Or perhaps people have just chosen this forum to complain.

    I didn’t see too much about Oticon on this page. Thoughts on their new options?

    1. Clear Living says:

      Yes I would highly recommend the new Oticon Opns. You will likely experience an improvement in hearing, especially in background noise. Depending on the level of your hearing loss you can see that we recommend the Opn for moderate loss.

  29. Ruth says:

    I am deaf in one ear (since childhood), but now have SSHL in what was my “good Ear”. The hearing loss is moderate and I am considering a hearing aid. My question and concern is I have a lot of “ECHO” when I hear my own voice, or if something is too loud. For instance, some voices just echo a lot. I can’t stand the organ in church – so much echo the sound is completely distorted. Will a hearing aid help get rid of the echo??? It’s not tinnitus.

    1. Mary says:

      You have hyperacusis, a condition that means ORDINARY sounds cause pain. This often occurs with hearing loss, sometimes with tinnitus, sometimes not. You need a good audiologist to work with. Sometimes you can adapt to hearing more sound, or adjust your hearing aid for comfort. Good luck!

    2. pauline hoskins says:

      Hi Ruth
      I too was born deaf in one ear and have now got SSHL in my good ear due to menieres and being given eye drops for glucoma containing loads of salt.
      I’ve been given a Phonak Cros hearing aid. I’ve had it for 2 weeks now
      I need to persevere in order for my brain to get used to hearing on the deaf side.
      At the moment I’m struggling with hearing conversation in groups.
      I’m okay one to one and can hear birds etc
      Was thinking of trying a different hearing aid in order to hear speech better but after hearing all the comments i don’t think it will be possible. I too find it just seems load but not audible at the moment.

  30. Elle says:

    I was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss in both ears four months ago (sudden onset—in my late 30’s). I have a pair of ReSound BTE made for iPhone hearing aids and I LOVE them! My audiologist has programmed a few settings in my app so I can filter background noise, amplify human voices in a noisy environment, and there’s a “live listen” mode which is like a microphone. You put your phone near whoever is talking and it amplifies their voice. I haven’t had any problems in four months except that the right hearing aid will screech in really noisy environments. I open the battery door and close it, which helps reset whatever is going on. I have an amazing audiologist who isn’t in it for the money. I paid $4250 for the pair, and insurance covered $3,000.

    My only complaint is that they don’t come in hot pink or lime green! I chose the really pretty blue color instead. I’m so happy to be able to hear and do my job with confidence again.

    1. Clear Living says:

      That is great Elle! Many people only hear the horror stories about hearing aids but there are a lot of very positives about them for a lot of people. They can be life-changing in a good way! Thank you for sharing!

    2. Kendra Hughes says:

      Which insurance plan do you have?

  31. Rodger Lee says:

    I saw a local audiologist two days ago. He was very thorough and took a lot of time with me. He recommended an EarQ brand, top of the line hearing aid. I don’t know the model exactly. I am supposed to be fitted for it on Tuesday 10/31/17. After my appointment I came home and have been doing a lot of research to find out about EarQ brand. There is virtually no product reviews or independent information. I have concluded that it must be a private labeled product, but I cannot determine who manufacturers their hearing aids. I have kind of come to the conclusion that probably a variety of different manufactures make their heaing aids. Can you enlighten me at all on this?

    1. Clear Living says:

      EarQ is a private label brand. They private label several manufacturers so it is very difficult to say which one you have. Could be Signia, Oticon, ReSound, Widex, Starkey.

      1. Doug C. says:

        I’m in the process of trying to select my first pair aids and have found it much like trying to buy a mattress. Am strongly considering Costco’s Kirkland Signature 8.0 (Rexton Emerald) for $1600 per pair. Liked very much the Widex tried out at ENT doctor’s office but they were $6,500. The more I read/study/research the more confused I become. The only thing that has made any sense is …”it’s not the aid, it’s how well it’s fit and adjusted”. But still, this whole industry has become a snake oil market.

  32. Bob Bellah says:

    I certainly would not have Starkey in your list. I have had problem after problem with them.

    1. Dennis Laston says:

      Have had Starky and as far as I am concerned, they are junk. 3 different receivers have been installed in 3 years, and the last one lasted 3 days. Every time I go for an adjustment or repair it lasts 3-7 days then stops working. Going back to peace and quiet without the damn aids. Out $6200 and they suggest new ones, latest models for $6400. My answer is

  33. Scott Fillinger says:

    My wife has slight to moderate hearing lost (depending on decibel). We went to an audiologist, and he recommends Starkey. From what I am reading, they are not that great…but from what I am reading, no hearing aid is.
    I do not mind paying $3k for 2 hearing aids with Bluetooth tech, as long as my wife will be able to hear, not have people know she has hearing aids (her want), and not have to send back for repairs all the time.

    The audiologist she saw, suggests every 6 month visit, that way he can clean it on a regular basis, and make sure all is well. He also said we would have a 4 year warranty on the aids, and that they normally last about 5 years.
    Is a 5 year durability normal…I remember my grandmother in the 80s having her same hearing aid for years (much longer than 5)…

    1. Clear Living says:

      5 years is an average lifespan of hearing aids. Some might get 6-8, some others only 3-4.

    2. Mike lewis says:

      I have my Starkeys since 2009, nearly 9 year’s. Price was $5200. Best I can remember. Both gave up the ghost within the past week. My local aud. that sold them had them refurbished to like new for $289. ea. With the exception of the tube going to my ears breaking they have been perfect ! I’m about ready to order a new set and keep these for backup. I wouldn’t consider any thing but Starkey.

      1. Irene says:

        I have my Widex since 2009. They worked well for 9 years. They still ok, and I am happy with them, but my Audiologist suggests to get a new pair with better/modern technology. (I have moderate sensorineural hearing loss)

    3. Anita B says:

      I have had my Miracle Ear aids for 10 years, and they are still working great, even though my audiologist keeps telling me they aren’t as good as new ones would be. I have always taken very good care of them and kept the wax out my ears, etc. I had them repaired once at a cost of $400. They cost $6000 in 2009.

  34. mohammed says:

    I have an 11 month old child who have a moderately severe hearing loss in both ears.
    do you recommend a specific brand that are suitable for children.


    1. Clear Living says:

      Phonak and Oticon have the most options for children.

  35. says:

    Hi Every One,

    Please suggest me to buy the hearing aid , i am confusing to buy Widex or Phonak .if any one using the widex or phonak ,please tell me the model as well.


    1. Loretta Mongelli says:

      I have moderate hearing loss. I saw an audiologist five years ago, who recommended Widen. They were $6000.00. Initially, I complained of background noise on the right. She reshaped the earpiece and they were fine. A remote came with them so I could adjust the volume, which I really liked. After four years the audiologist moved to another location. The audiologist, who took her place, insisted I needed new hearing aids because after all these were old and the newer ones on the market were much better. I was immediately turned off by this. Also, I was given a guarantee of free batteries for as long as I had the hearing aids. There were eight batteries in each pack. Now, with the new audiologist, there are only four. The last time I went in for a hearing check, he said he wanted to take my hearing aids to another room to clean them. I told him that they better come back with nothing wrong with them. When he brought them back he told me that he shaved the right one because it was misshapen and it must have been uncomfortable for me. It was saved that way on purpose by the original audiologist in order to block out the background noise. I wanted to cry. Again, he tried selling me new ones. I left his office in disgust. That was a couple of months ago. The other day, I had no sound on the right and changed the battery….still no sound. Took the hearing aids to someone down south, because I am away from home for a bit. When he saw the hearing aids, he kept repeating Widex over and over. He took me in another room and checked it out. I had the left one in my ear, which was working fine. All of a sudden, there was nice sound and remote stopped working. It was almost like he switched on something and everything died. With that. He said he could sell me two new hearing aids for $1500.00 each. I left. No hearing aids now for four days. I am paranoid. I don’t trust them…..

      1. Loretta Mongelli says:

        I meant Widex…..

      2. Clear Living says:

        I’m sorry you have been having a negative experience. When using a certain brand hearing aid and you want to switch providers, one thing I recommend is that you use the manufacturer’s website to find a provider in your area that is familiar with your brand. Here is the Widex link:

  36. Steve says:

    I have worn hearing aids for about 12 years. I’m currently 68 and have high frequency loss both ears, worse in left ear. I’ve bought 2 sets from Costco, but from above they have a new supplier, paid $4,000.00 plus for each pair that I bought. I have bought in the past 4 years 2 sets through my supplemental medicare provider, cost of under $1,000.00 per pair. I had last year a Starkey recommendation and went to an audiologist who quoted me around $7,000.00 for the hearing aids, noting that I could return them within 75 days for a full refund. I told them I needed an appreciable difference between what I had and what they were prepared to sell me. I suggested they provide the hearing aids, I’d give them a post dated check for them to hold for 2 weeks; if I didn’t return the hearing aids, they could then cash the check. They didn’t find that acceptable, which told me that they didn’t believe that I would get an appreciable difference in hearing by purchasing from them.

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Steve. I wouldn’t give up on that if you’d like to try another brand besides Costco..perhaps try a different office that will allow you to wear some demo aids for a few weeks before buying.

    2. Mike lewis says:

      Writing post dated check is illegal.

      1. Mark says:

        Writing a post-dated check is not illegal in the United States. Writing a post dated check does not create a contract between the payer and payee. The date is immaterial to the bank.

        Post-dating a check only conveys to the Payee that you would like them to cash it on or after the date written but they can ignore your request if they so desire.

        The bank doesn’t care if the date is in the future.

  37. Bob says:

    I’m looking into hearing aids but I find that the models sold through doctors are all extremely over-priced. Most likely because they know an insurance of some form is covering the costs. When you can make a smartphone that is a complete computer, transmitter with audio and a video screen for 500 bucks, why should a hearing amplifier which is just a processor chip with a battery and an earpiece cost many thousands? I’ll probably look into the devices advertised as “not hearing aids” but really are that are a couple 100 dollars. It’s a shame how these “reputable” companies are taking advantage of people with hearing disability.

    1. Clear Living says:

      Hi Bob. I understand your point. You may find these two posts interesting, one covers the costs of hearing aids in-depth and the other lists the best PSAP devices available.

  38. shipra says:

    Its help me to choose the best one. Thanks for your article. I loved it.

    1. Stella says:

      which brand and type did you choose.

  39. Jeannie Cochell says:

    I’ve been wearing hearing aids since I was a teen in the 70’s. My hearing loss is classed as profound by my audiologist. The best pair of hearing aids I’ve ever had were my current Zounds Potenz, BTE rechargeables which I got five years ago. Unfortunately, I need to replace one of them and Potenz is no longer offered. The new set was price quoted at $3000.00. I don’t believe this brand is widely available but would recommend Zounds. I’ve had Oticons, Beltones, Miracle-Ear and 1-2 other brands. This was my first pair of rechargeables and first pair of BTE’s. I went to Zounds because of BOGO pricing, both aids for $2000.00. In five years, I’ve only spent $3.47 on a new set of rubber canal plugs. Once a year, I go in for a hearing check and they change out the batteries. I did have to return a bad charger unit which they replaced. I hope my experience can help someone.

    1. Clear Living says:

      Thanks for your input Jeannie

    2. Stella says:

      Hi Jeannie Cochell,

      Please tell me what brand you are using now and how is it working for you. I need a left ear only hearing aid. what does BTE mean? Thanks for your help in advance.


    3. Karen Bolland says:

      Jeannie, Zounds still makes hearing aids! Their website is

    4. Harriet Hodges says:

      What on earth is BOGO pricing?

      1. Clear Living says:

        BOGO typically means “Buy One, Get One free”

  40. Doug Jensen says:

    Is Miracle Ear a hearing aid dispenser only or do they also sell their own brand? One is close to my home so if I have to revisit multiple times it would be the most convenient. Any experience with them?

    1. Clear Living says:

      Miracle ear is made by the company Sivantos, which are also the makers of Signia and Rexton hearing aids. Miracle Ear is a private-label hearing ais which means that if you purchase a Miracle Ear from a Miracle Ear store, they are the only ones that can program these (their software is not available to other private practice hearing healthcare providers). This can cause some problems if you moved away from the Miracle Ear store or did not like the service they were providing.

      1. Rebecca says:

        Hi Doug,

        There are 14004 Miracle Ears in the country! All of your aftercare is free at any one of those offices, also. I would definitely look into it – odds are no matter where you are, one would be nearby.

  41. Bob says:

    I have to disagree with Starkey being reliable. I have problem after problem with them Would not recommend them to anyone.

  42. Meg Alexander says:

    I am ready to switch to an iPhone connected hearing aid and am exploring options. I have moderately severe hearing loss with difficulty distinguishing consonants PLUS my husband has Parkinson’s Disease and he voice quality and volume is diminishing significantly. I am interested in not just normalizing my hearing but also amplifying his voice. Suggestions welcome. I am checking out various possibilities.

  43. Chuck Cooper says:

    I will return (within test period)my Rexton Emerald 6C aides tomorrow .
    My third pair of aides,in ten years,and these are by far the worst .

  44. Amar A Makhija a says:

    Were using Wiex
    The Audiologist was good and compassionate
    He fitted the hearing aid and had immense patience
    He has found a better job in England
    The replacement is not as good
    Since Amplifon outlet is located nearby
    I can’t go elsewhere for repairs
    After expiry of Warranty I have a feeling the company is milking the user

  45. Jacob Goodman says:

    I bought a pair of Widex hearing aids in New York in 2016, and relocated to California later that year. I have a lot of trouble hearing conversation in a moderately noisy (no music) dining room, and am starting to look around for something else. An audiologist here recommended Oticon, which he says was the first to recently introduce digital noise suppression, as opposed to directional microphones (which I believe is what my Widex have). Does that sound right?

  46. Joe Long says:

    I have been wearing hearing aids since 2002. Currently on my 3rd pair (Unitron) and they have been far from trouble free. My biggest complaint is the background noise. Also, they are too expensive. The replacements are $7000 for a pair.

    I want my hearing aids to be digital, wireless, and compatable with my Android phone. Any recommendations? I have a significant hearing loss.

    1. Lindsey Banks, Au.D. says:

      Hi Joe,
      If you have a severe hearing loss you’ll want to take a look at this post about our top 5 picks for people with severe loss.

  47. Vito says:

    Just found out that I have lost all hearing in one ear due to a meniere’s attack just a few days ago. I just got my first hearing aids less than 2 months ago. Thankfully they offer a 6 months no questions return policy.

    Does anyone make bicros hearing aids with Android bluetooth? How about bluetooth for television?

    1. Lindsey Banks, Au.D. says:

      Good question. You may want to check out the Starkey Muse CROS. It won’t connect directly with your Android (no CROS systems currently do), but you can use the surflink accessories to pair the Muse to your hearing aids.

    2. Scott Williams says:

      I am in great hopes my hearing is helped through your message. Thank you for being there.

  48. Bill Sutherland says:

    All the comments above are in the negative category and express what I have heard from those I know who wear hearing aids! The devises are too expensive to be so iffy in acceptance! Too much to pay out of pocket for a chance. Don’t know if I should even start the process.

    1. Lindsey Banks, Au.D. says:

      Hi Bill,
      I can understand your hesitation about pursuing hearing aids. Many people feel the same way as you, however many people also have very positive experiences about their hearing aids. I believe that a hearing aid is only as good as the person fitting and servicing it. Make sure to see an Audiologist in your area that you like (it may take a visit to more than 1) and at least give it a try! You will be glad you did!

      1. David Bullock says:

        Please do keep in mind that the Obamacare mandates that insurance covers hearing aids. Mine (United Health) covered 100% my resound linx 3d … and I am loving them.

        1. Beverly says:

          Medicare (original) does not cover hearing aids.

        2. Bob Bellerose says:

          Hello David, I just read your note 9/16/17, re: Obamacare and the mandate to cover hearing aids. We too have United Health Care through AARP but I’ve been advised that hearing aids are not covered, nor are they covered through Medicare. If I’m missing something, I’d sure love to hear from you.

        3. Bill Snow says:

          obamacare does not mandate hearing aid coverage by insurance companies. get your intel correct before making an misleading statement, that will only get people confused more when purchasing hearing aids.

        4. GEORGE HAGE says:

          Hi David which plan with United Health do you have and covering the
          Hearing Aids. I have supplemental plan and paying a lot extra money
          and they don’t cover nothing.

      2. Debra says:

        I can attest to comment made by Lindsey Banks, AuD referring to a hearing aid ‘is only as good as the person fitting and servicing it’. I love my hearing aids, mild-moderate hearing loss bilaterally, however have had grave issues with adjustment settings made by different audiologists. Initial fit was awesome, however after 18 months one aid needed to be repaired and the company replaced the pair. The original audiologist had left the practice. New aids, new adjustments?? Why the original settings in my record were not duplicated is beyond me. I went for multiple adjustments and after the fourth time, gave up on the expertise or lack thereof of the audiologist. After a year of searching I finally located the original audiologist where she was able to adjust, in a matter of minutes! to the original settings or very similar. She found settings for two alternative programs that offered little if anything to what I might have found of benefit. Of three audiologists only one was sensitive and caring enough to hear me, the wearer. Once again I was able to hear my husband clearly, he was quick to point that out!, I could hear my car alarm beep, I could understand the dialogue at the theater. etc.
        Yes, it is extremely important that your audiologist or technician is caring, concerned, willing to comprehend and appreciate the needs of the hearing aid wearer, and have patience. After the expense, the experience of hearing is worth gold!!!

        1. Clear Living says:

          Hi Debra
          Thank you for the input. I agree! Some audiologists are very good at what they do and will continue to have strong patient loyalty and trust!

        2. Eleanor Chrom says:

          Debra,who is your audiologist and where does she practice? Seems like she’s an angel who has complete understanding of the client’s needs. I have Oticon aids but still have problems with clarity and background noise. Even after my audiologist has made several adjustments, I still have problems.

    2. Bill M says:

      Let me assure you that once you have them (and bite the bullet of cost) you will enjoy them. It is so nice to hear the birds in the am, the rustle of wind in the trees,and the normal sounds of everyday living, many you have not realized were gone until you get the aides. I even hear my wife (most of the time). Seriously, you will find they make a huge difference if you are advised to get them. I have no problem letting others know I have a hearing deficiency if I don’t hear them. You will experience (most likely) some difficulty when out at a restaurant and there are a lot of people talking. I can block rear sounds by a press of a button, but if things are really loud you’ll just have to allow for it. You adjust, and after wearing them for a few months you will realize how much you missed when you take them out at night and wake up the next day realizing you are not hearing certain sounds . If your hearing is at a point where you truly need them, and you can afford them, get them. You’ll be glad you did!

    3. Gerald Samsa says:

      I have phonak for three years and have not had a problem when I first got them I went back for some tunning

  49. Don Faulkner says:

    Hello Lindsey Banks, I’m 85, severe hearing loss i.e. discrimination as well as hearing of speech are problematical and require hearing in both ears on telephone. Listening/hearing in only one ear on phone disturbs my brain/mental balance. Need to replace old Siemans Hearing Aids.

    Need blue tooth Capability connectable to iPhone bringing sound to both ears.

    Your thoughts Please

    1. Lindsey Banks, Au.D. says:

      Hi Don,
      Check out this article about the current made for iPhone hearing aids available
      ReSound and Starkey were the first to release Made for iPhone hearing aids. Now Oticon has one as well and is getting a lot of great feedback not only for the Made for iPhone features, but also the overall sound quality.

      1. Bill M says:

        My first aides were made by Starkey and I was pleased until I had one drop off into a lake when retrieving something. My fault! Now I have Oticon and find them to be a great aide. I tried the brain technology for a demo (about a week) and thought it was much better. However, my aides are only 2 + years old and I can’t see spending another 5-6 grand at this time, but will take a look at the newest- next time.

      2. Sam says:

        I don’t want an iPhone. I use Samsung. Why the discrimination?

        1. Clear Living says:

          There has been an issue with connecting hearing aids with Samsung phones, but there are some options available now, such as the Phonak Audeo B-Direct and the Moxi All

        2. Randy says:

          Also, Apple has some specific features for hearing aide specific features not available on Android. Recommend reading up on them if interested

      3. Ed kharbat says:

        Tried the Resound for iphone connection to blue tooth . Te hearing aids didnot help much in understanding other people speaking , however , the Aids are best be called a voice amplifier , if that is all what they going to do , Iphone Airpods will do the same job . However , neither one is helping to understand people talking from near or far distance , except when using aphone !!!!

  50. Allie says:

    What do you recommend as the best BICROS hearing aid? I am deaf in one hear and hearing impaired in the other. I also like the idea of rechargeable aids – is Phonak the only brand that offers that?

    1. Lindsey Banks, Au.D. says:

      Hi Allie
      Phonak, Widex, and Starkey all make BICROS hearing aids. I have had experience with the Phonak and it has been around the longest so that is what I would recommend. However, none of the BICROS devices are available as rechargeable. The Phonak hearing aids are rechargeable but not the BICROS.

      1. melvin turetzky says:

        I use Phonak rechargeable hearing aids. If the power fails in your house for a duration of days (we live in a hurricane active area) your hearing aids will fail after about 36 hours I believe. If you do much traveling it is a nuisance to have to carry that charger around, along with those for your smart phone and tablet not to mention finding enough outlets in your hotel room. Batteries are cheap at Costco or online and last for a week without attention. I won’t buy a rechargeable again.

        1. Clear Living says:

          This is a good point Melvin. There are some rechargeable hearing aids (i.e. Oticon, Widex, Unitron, Starkey) that can be both rechargeable and still use disposable batteries when you are traveling or lose power. Might be something for you to consider in the future.

      2. Della Willis says:

        I have a bicross hearing aid by Phonak and I can they are rechargable

        1. Clear Living says:

          You are right Della, Phonak recently released a rechargeable bicros option this year. How exciting!

        2. Howard Lieberman says:

          I am deaf in one ear with moderately severe loss on the right. Have Phonak aid, with a transmitter (is that bicross?) on the left. Works OK but if someone is speaking in a hall on a microphone or am listening on TV to a movie I miss an auful lot. What can I do? Want what is best.

          1. Lindsey Banks says:

            Yes, that would be considered a BICROS device. There are several options to consider including an updated BICROS device or possibly a cochlear implant. Would recommend an evaluation with an audiologist to determine which would be best for you.

        3. Karen S says:

          Do you like the Phonak bicross?

      3. Harriet Hodges says:

        What is a BICROS? I’m trying to learn about hearing aids. Can’t anybody speak in entire English words anymore?

  51. Huh? says:

    In the past 4 years, I’ve had ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, and Starkey. I really haven’t been able to hear effectively with any of them. Oh, and through that process, I’ve dealt with 3 different audiologists. Hearing aid are much more about selling devices than about helping people hear.

    1. David Bullock says:

      Can you post your hearing chart?

    2. esther says:

      This is extremely true. Why is hearing aids ( which are essential for safety and mental well being ) so overpriced by the audiologists? Wouldn’t everyone benefit from buying online instead?

      1. Gianluca Silvestro says:

        You don’t pay the whole price only for the hearing aids, but for the time that an audiologist spend with the patient for all the life of the hearing aids. This means that an audiologist will work with a single patient for about 15-20 hours in about 5 years of life of hearing aids and the time costs… So, hearing aids are not overpriced if you consider that a patient pays for getting a benefit for his hearing needs, and hearing aids represent only a piece of the price

        1. Sam says:

          Why can’t I adjust my hearing aids via an Internet app?

        2. Linda says:

          and a reputable dealer will continue to help you with those expensive hearing aids when he/she upgrades to another level of product. My local dealer just dumps people and quits helping with their hearing aids after he is no longer selling those. I can’t get replacement ear pieces. He actually walks off with the old ones when you are taking another pair out for trial. I asked and got mine back! Or I would be up the proverbial creek without a paddle as the new version of Resound has metal on the the piece that goes into the ear canal and was rubbing my ear raw before 2 or 3 hours had passed. And, I did not hear any better than before. I would love to find someone to service what I have until I can get an upgrade that is necessary for me to hear more clearly.

        3. James Butler says:

          With all due respect I think the 80-100% Mark up over what identical aid that can bought on line for is a lot to pay for 15-20 hours of adjustments. Personally the number of adjustments I have required on the last paid of aids I purchased after programming could be counted on one hand. Keep in mind the on line seller is making a profit as well.

      2. Bob Woodward says:

        Are the much cheaper on line hearing aids a better buy with less hassle. Do you have a on line brand you think is better hearing aid. All of us can’t afford the $2000 to $4000 price tag.

        1. Clear Living says:

          Hi Bob, you should check out this article, which includes several online options for hearing devices.

          1. Ken Collier says:

            Strictly speaking, this article is about sound amplifying devices, not hearing aids. They have different purposes.

  52. Mary Walton says:

    I have been wearing Widex hearing aids for at least 5 yrs. and I am not happy with them but that is all my audiologist sells and he is associated with my ENT Dr. But I feel I would do better with an audiologist who has several brands to choose from.

    1. Lindsey Banks, Au.D. says:

      Hi Mary
      You may want to consider finding an audiologist in your area who works with another brand if the Widex hasn’t worked well for you.

      1. Kevin says:

        Is it true that audiologist gets a kickback or commission on the brand they recommend to patients? How are patients able to know which hearing device is right for them?

        1. Clear Living says:

          Kevin, audiologists do not (and cannot per US Federal law) receive a “kickback.” They can receive a commission, depending on how the business is set up. Patients need to establish a good relationship with an audiologist they trust, just as they would with any other doctor. Most hearing devices can be demo’ed or used on a trial period (usually 1-2 weeks), and if you are unsure about the device an audiologist is recommending then ask for a demo first.

        2. Ingrid says:

          Yea…this is true….I have the same issue with my audiologist too. That does NOT help hearing issues. I keep getting Widex. And I hate them. They always have issues with dampness, irritation of mold and batteries are not lasting long. I like to see a CHOICE. Do you buy the first car you see?? Come on….this is NOT right. I have in my early yrs tried different brands like Phonek and they were great for ME. But since I moved across the globe it’s hard to find someone that sells that in my are. Like 100 Kim radius.

          1. Linda says:

            You need a reputable dealer. We have a local dealer who only carries Resound. I have turned against the product because of the dealer. He is a crook. He has multiple complaints to the BBB because of his policies and because of is practice of taking advantage of those who have saved to get help and then find themselves without an increase in hearing as well as a loss of their savings. So check your BBB before going to any dealer. I also want a dealer that carries multiple brands.

          2. Mitch says:

            You can check out if you can’t find someone locally. I was able to get a pair for a family member within a week of ordering. They have audiologists who can program it if there is no one in your area but if you do have someone maybe they can discount it more and not include programming idk.

  53. Jerrold Vitek says:

    Purchased ReSound hearing aids and have had to replace them three times in 18 months. The only problem with ReSound is there is no Sound.

    1. David Bullock says:

      Find a better fit”r … resound 3d have been a blessing to me … beating out the starkey halo 2 that I tried …. not sure of the iq … but again …. resound has been nothing short to SOUND! to me. I put my full email in the box just so you know. I have no connection to resound other than I really like their hearing aids as I am a profound deaf person.

      1. Sam says:

        No response necessary, but I have ReSounds and I don’t find any help with them. Just noise.

        1. Dr Louise F Montgomery says:

          When Costco ended its contract with Resound (which had made its store-brand Kirkland aids), Costco could no longer adjust my in-canal aids, which I loved. I got in-ear Phonax and heard less with them than with the old Resounds, so Phonax gave me BTE aids. I cannot understand clearly spoken English when the speaker is within 2 feet of me. I cannot understand TV. I don’t know if it’s the number of channels, the adjustment or that my hearing has suddenly diminshed greatly. I live in Mexico (for the last 18 months) and must understand Spanish, but I can’t even understand my native language!

    2. melvin Foster says:

      Have had a pair of REeSound aids for 35 months gave bunch for them don’t work lots of times been sent back many times last t ime got them back lasted 3 days they are now gone again. Need I say more in what I think of them? This was my 5th set of aids that i HAVE HAD first set ever to have this much trouble. Re Sound means no sound.

      1. Clear Living says:

        I would recommend requesting that the aids be replaced instead of repaired. Maybe they are not repairing the underlying issue.

  54. Norma Cross says:

    I purchased WIDEX for both ears perhaps 8 years ago – for some US$6000.00
    Problems from day 1.
    I have not been able to wear them (no good whatever in my hearing capacity)for 7-1/2 years.
    Is there anything at all I can do… The original seller is not located where I live; and the present supplier where I am located, will not recognize product purchased elsewhere.
    A real conundrum for me!! – –
    I would appreciate your response!

    1. Lindsey Banks, Au.D. says:

      Hi Norma
      I’m sorry to hear that you have been having difficulty with your hearing aids. I would recommend you find a professional in your area that is willing to take a look at your hearing aids and make some needed adjustments. You may have to drive to the next town to get help if no one in your immediate location will service the devices.

    2. Lee Maybaum says:

      I got Widex F2 Evoke 440 in December of 2018. Now in March 2019 and I could not be happier with the results. I don’t even know that I am wearing them. It took a couple of weeks to get used to the “fullness in my ears” and another couple of weeks to get used to hearing too many sounds but the various programs that can be selected for the F2s made the transition easier. Now, I rarely change the program because my brain has learned to ignore these unimportant sounds. I only wish I had done it two or three years earlier.

  55. Mehta H. Harubhai says:

    We buy 16 ya 20 chanal hearing ads

    1. srikanth says:

      hearing aids doesn’t make a big difference in speech perception above 8 channels

      1. Clear Living says:

        It all depends on what the hearing aid processing is doing within those 8 channels

    2. Harriet Hodges says:

      What is “16 ya chanal”?

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