8 Top Hearing Aid Brands

There are many hearing aid manufacturers that make medical devices that are worn in or around your ear to improve hearing.

It may feel overwhelming to figure out which hearing aid brand will work best for you. Your audiologist, or healthcare specialist who treats hearing conditions, can help you compare brands, models, and prices so you can get the best hearing aids for your needs.

This article covers some of the top hearing aid brands.

As of July 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. Legally, no OTC hearing aids can be marketed at this time. However, certain states do allow direct to consumer sales of hearing aids.

Keep in mind that some devices that can be bought online are not hearing aids, and are considered personal sound amplification products (PSAPS).

Hansaton

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Hansaton carries a full range of hearing aid options. They make digital hearing aids with award-winning designs, with features such as:

  • Water resistance and durability
  • Smartphone connectivity abilities, which means your hearing aids can also be used as wireless headphones to listen to music or make phone calls
  • 24 hour battery life
  • Three hours of charge time for a full charge
  • Charging on-the-go options
  • Ability to set your preferences so you can focus on speech, reduce background noise, or raise the overall volume

The Hansaton STRATOS hearing system is available in five colors and offers the option to analyze your environment to better adjust your hearing aids to suit your unique needs.

Oticon

Oticon is an award winning hearing aid manufacturer that specializes in hearing aids for adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss. They also make hearing aids for those with mild hearing loss, and single-side deafness.

Hearing aid features include:

  • Technology that allows the hearing aid to focus on more relevant sounds
  • Option for disposable or chargeable batteries that can charge on-the-go
  • Hands free phone and video calls
  • Stream sound from the TV straight to your hearing aid
  • Use the Oticon app to change your hearing aid preferences
  • Three hours of charging for a full charge and option for a quick charge
  • Moisture is automatically removed
  • Music function that helps improve sound quality when listening to music
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, relief options that can be customized, such as ocean sounds

The Oticon More hearing aids come in eight colors and have been programmed to decipher 12 million real life sounds to help users better hear specific, relevant sounds.

Phonak

Phonak is a hearing aid brand with a complete portfolio of hearing solutions for infants to adults.

Key features include:

  • Feedback blocking and the ability to block background noise, including wind noise
  • Ability to manage sound distortion
  • Child friendly pediatric designs
  • Auto adjusts hearing aids based on your surroundings to maximize sound quality
  • Amplifies soft level speech
  • Customizable noise cancelling options
  • Connects to Bluetooth devices
  • Ability to use the app to personalize your hearing aid options
  • Voice assistance options
  • Slim fitting styles
  • Options that include a heart rate sensor so you can track health data

Of note is their Lyric hearing aid, which no one will be able to see. It is an extended-wear hearing aid that is placed deep in the ear canal by an audiologist and worn for months at a time. This includes sleeping and showering, but it must be taken out to swim.

ReSound

ReSound is a hearing aid brand with a full line of hearing aids that work for all types of hearing loss.

Hearing aid features include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity without the use of a separate device
  • Speech clarity in windy environments
  • Behind the ear and receiver-in-ear options
  • Eight color options
  • Remote assistance and device adjustments
  • Designed to help you better understand the direction sound is coming from
  • Reduced distortion
  • Small hearing aids that sit outside the ear and invisible options that are placed in the ear canal

The ReSound ONE is known for being able to focus in on sounds to help you locate where they are coming from. It automatically adjusts to changing environments so you can hear in any situation.

Signia

Signia hearing aids cater to individuals with mild to profound hearing loss.

Features include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity options so you can make calls or listen to music
  • Discreet options
  • Rechargeable capabilities, fast charging options, and charge on-the-go options
  • Options for those with hearing loss in one ear
  • Helps you process loud background noise
  • Customize what you want to hear and the volume with the Signia app
  • Slim design that comes in five color options

The Signia Silk X sits in your ear and is one of the smallest in-ear hearing aid options. It has four silicone sleeve options that the hearing aids click onto, which allows them to be tailor made to fit your ear shape.

Starkey

Starkey is one of the longest-running hearing aid brands. The manufacturer makes the entire range of hearing aid styles and offers a wide choice of colors and designs.

Typical features of Starkey hearing aids include:

  • Noise reduction and feedback cancellation
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Health tracker
  • Rechargeable and charge on-the-go options
  • Ability to connect to the app for special features like mask mode where you can better hear individuals wearing face masks
  • Automatically sends alert to emergency contacts if the hearing aid senses you have fallen
  • Ability to schedule alerts and reminders
  • Remote hearing aid adjustments available
  • Very tiny and almost invisible options that sit in the ear canal

The newest hearing aid Starkey released is called the Evolv AI, which is noted to reduce background sound and further improve your ability to listen.

Unitron

Unitron is a hearing aid brand that makes all styles of hearing aids. They are owned by Sonova, which also owns Phonak.

Typical Unitron hearing aid features include:

  • Ability to upgrade the technology
  • Ability to focus in on speech and better understand which direction sounds are coming from
  • Enhance soft speech and sounds
  • Reduce background noise
  • Remote adjustments to hearing aids
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Connect two digital devices at once
  • Rechargeable or disposable battery options

The Blu hearing aids come in a variety of sizes with the option to upgrade the technology if your needs change. You can do this without having to buy new hearing aids. Using the app, you can also personalize what your hearing aids can do based on your environment.

Widex

Widex is a hearing aid brand known for exceptional sound quality. As with other manufacturers, Widex has a full range of hearing aids for infants to adults.

Some features of Widex hearing aids include:

  • Stream calls, videos, and music directly to your hearing aids
  • Options for single-sided deafness
  • A tinnitus app that allows you to select relaxing sounds and can also be used for meditation
  • Rechargeable on-the-go options
  • Water-resistant coating
  • Reduced sound delay so sounds are more natural
  • 37 hour battery life
  • Automatically adjusts based on your environment
  • Smart hearing aid options that learn from your environment and improve your listening experience

MOMENT hearing aids are one of the smallest receiver-in-canal rechargeable options available. It is also available as behind-the-ear and in-the-ear formats.

What to Consider When Choosing a Hearing Aid

Think about:

  • What features you would like your hearing aids to have
  • The brand's level of customer service
  • Repair options
  • How much money you are willing to spend
  • If it comes with a warranty
  • How comfortable it is to wear

Summary

Hansaton, Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Signia, Starkey, Unitron, and Widex are eight hearing aid brands that are well-known throughout the United States.

Choosing a hearing aid brand and model can be a challenge because there are so many quality options available. Your audiologist can help you select the right hearing aid for your specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the most popular style of hearing aid?

    According to Starkey, behind-the-ear style hearing aids are the most common type around the world.

  • What is the best hearing aid for the best price?

    There isn't one hearing aid brand that's best and affordable for everyone, so you'll need to shop around a bit. If you have insurance, ask your carrier how much of the cost of hearing aids they'll cover.

  • Who is the largest hearing aid manufacturer?

    Sonova is one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world.

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