Which Brand of Hearing Aid Is Best?
Hearing loss isn’t new, but over the years, the assistive technologies we use to correct hearing has evolved substantially:
- Centuries ago, people who were hard of hearing had to insert horns into their ears in order to capture sound.
- A few decades ago, analog hearing aids became the standard. However, these types of hearing aids amplified all sounds equally – making little distinction between soft, medium and loud audio signals.
- A few years ago, all hearing aids advanced to digital – allowing for infinite customizations while the technology became both smaller and more powerful.
Fast forward to today. Modern hearing aids are more feature-packed and affordable than ever before. Even retail stores like Costco sell them over-the-counter.
But despite their growing access and affordability, not all hearing aids are created equally. For example, many cheaper retail solutions lack proper fittings and essential features that have since become standard among higher quality models.
This is why careful selection is essential if you want optimal sound clarity.
The Hearing Aids We Use Most Often
We’ve tested countless brands to zero in on the solutions that consistently deliver the best audio results at a reasonable price. Although we carry a huge selection, we can order any hearing aid make or model you want.
Below are the hearing aid manufacturers we trust most. (All come with industry-leading warranty protection that covers repairs, damage and loss.)
Widex is world renowned for its unparalleled sound quality. Even when talking on the phone, you can hear a much wider spectrum of audio information – including those softer speech details that normally go undetected.
Widex was also one of the first hearing aids to leverage machine learning. They’re able to analyze your environment and prioritize the most important sounds automatically. But as the wearer, you can also adjust these audio settings using a dedicated app on your smartphone. In a noisy restaurant, for example, you can use the app to choose the best setting for that specific environment.
Hearing aids from ReSound stand apart from the pack for a number of reasons:
- Binaural sound allows each hearing aid to independently analyze the environment and communicate with the other to reduce background noise. This allows you to easily focus on the most important audio information, such as having a conversation on a crowded, busy street.
- They are fully Bluetooth-enabled – allowing you to easily stream sound from computers, smart devices or TVs.
- They come with moisture-resistant casings for the battery. Because of this enhanced protection, you won’t have to invest in as many replacement batteries down the road.
Phonak hearing aids are ideally suited for those with single-sided deafness or when one ear is significantly worse than the other.
Just as with ReSound, these hearing aids also come with moisture-resistant battery casings, which can help extend their lifespans. Phonak hearing aids are the only ones on this list that can instantly stream to Android devices out-of-the-box.
Since the audio amplification is gentler than what you normally find with other brands, Oticon is the perfect “intro” hearing aid for many wearers. This softer sound is less jarring – especially for first-time users who have never worn hearing aids in the past.
However, if capturing the full spectrum of audio information is important, Widex or ReSound may be a better fit for your hearing needs.
Unitron hearing aids are solid workhorses that deliver great value for the money.
They’re not as feature-rich as some of the other brands on this list, but Unitron’s do come with rechargeable batteries and various Bluetooth upgrade options.
Unitron is definitely worth exploring:
- If you’ve never worn hearing aids before.
- If you’re on a limited budget.
The Hearing Aids You Choose Matter – But…
Wearing high-quality hearing aids is important. But this alone isn’t enough. That’s because they must be custom-fit for the individual – complete with thorough testing in a range of different environments.
We test the different manufacturers in both noisy and quiet settings. We allow you to hear for yourself the difference in quality of sound, and explore the features and options.
After the testing when you have chosen the manufacturer that provides you the sound quality and clarity that allows you the best hearing . We then offer you the opportunity to “test drive” your hearing aids in the real world before committing to any single technology. This approach ensures you benefit from the highest possible sound clarity and audio improvement – given your own personal lifestyle.
What Are the Best Hearing Aids for You?
At The Hearing Solution, we work with a wide range of manufacturers, but we’re not partial to any single brand. If you prefer using a specific make or model that is not on this list, we can easily accommodate you.
However, we still encourage you to try some of the brands we carry – just so that you can hear the difference. Reading about features and benefits is one thing, but the true test is how well your hearing aids perform in the real world. Because of our process, you’ve gone through the screening, fitting, and customizations in order to end up with the best solution for you.
Let Us Help You Find the Right Hearing Aids
If you’re still unsure which hearing aids are the right fit for your needs, we’re here to help.
Schedule a consultation with our audiologists to learn more about our process.
To get started, book your next hearing test with us today.
Interested in learning more? Attend one of our regular hearing solution events to learn more about our unique approach to hearing loss or give us a call at 916-646-2471.Contact Us Now