Learn about the newest technology that provides sound therapy for tinnitus. Hearing aids are one of the best ways to help tinnitus. Sound therapy can be played via hearing aids. In this video, learn about my review of the newest hearing aids and how they perform for tinnitus management.
Today we’re here to talk about the best hearing aids for tinnitus in 2021. The good thing is that we’re going to cover all six of the major hearing aid manufacturers, and that all of them have what’s called high frequency amplification. That means that the sound the hearing aid is putting into your hearing system is going to amplify low pitch, mid pitch and high pitch tones. That means that when you’re wearing hearing aids for tinnitus, your tinnitus will likely be softer and less noticeable with those devices.
I’m going to rate and review these major hearing aids on two factors. First is the sound therapy that’s inside of the actual hearing aid and how well it produces sound to help with tinnitus. Second, we have the smartphone connectivity to apps and the kind of control you will have, if you choose to get one of these hearing aids for tinnitus, over adjusting the sound therapy inside the device.
1. Widex Moment Hearing Aids For Tinnitus: ZEN Tones
One of the best hearing aids for tinnitus is the Widex Moment. These hearing aids come in a rechargeable case. Widex is the company, the manufacturer of these devices. They have a strong reputation for making helpful tinnitus hearing aids, and this started with their design of ZEN fractal tones. The ZEN tones are inside of the hearing aid. It’s a setting you can enable so that instead of just listening to the hearing aid amplifying the sound around you, you can also have high-pitched musical tones that are a specific kind of sound therapy. Widex Moment gets a five-star rating for the sound therapy, and a four-star rating for the app control. They have a solid app where you can adjust the available tinnitus hearing aid features.
2. Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids For Tinnitus
Second, we have the Phonak Paradise hearing aids. These come in a rechargeable case as well. When you work with an audiologist like myself, either via telehealth or in person, that audiologist has controls to program this hearing aid in certain ways that can help your tinnitus and your hearing loss. I give the sound therapy inside the Phonak Paradise hearing aid a four-star rating. As far as tinnitus hearing aids go, there’s some good control. Not only is there white noise, but there are other kinds of sound, and there are a lot of adjustments that I can make as the audiologist for the devices. For the Phonak Paradise’s smartphone app, I’m rating it four stars.
Before we get into the next option, I want to remind you that even though I’m talking about smartphone connectivity to an app, as long as your hearing aids can connect to an iPhone or other smartphone, you can also stream sound from there. You can stream any sound therapy you like from YouTube, Spotify, or any app through the hearing aids into your ears. All you need is hearing aids that connect to your smartphone. And if I’m your audiologist, for example, working via telehealth, I will guide you in how to use whatever Bluetooth hearing aid you may have, so you can find the right kinds of sound therapy through the different apps and audio collections on your phone. This does not completely rely on your particular hearing aid’s app.
3. ReSound ONE Hearing Aids For Tinnitus
Next up are the ReSound ONE hearing aids. I’m giving their sound therapy a four-star rating, because while they do have a unique feature inside of the audiology software where I can put in some nature-type sounds, it’s not as good as other sound therapy you can find through a smartphone. However, it is a unique feature inside of the ReSound app that you could control on your smartphone. I’m giving them a five-star rating for their connectivity, because there are a lot of adjustments you can make. Some people don’t want to make any; they just want to put the devices in and not worry about their tinnitus anymore. Other people are adjusting the levels and the frequency distribution throughout the day. For that flexibility, the ReSound app gets a five-star review.
4. Signia Pure X Hearing Aids For Tinnitus
Now we have the Signia Pure X hearing aids. Just like most modern hearing aids, they come with a little door that opens up, or you can get the rechargeable model. Of course, as the founder of Pure Tinnitus and PureTinnitus.com, I’m really loving how the name of this is called Pure. In our field, we have pure-tone testing–that’s how we measure hearing. So that’s why this name makes sense for the internal sound therapy of this device. I’m giving it a four-star review. I’ve used them, I like them. They offer a lot of the great, basic functions that a patient or doctor would want in tinnitus hearing aids and sound therapy devices, whether to help someone with hearing loss, or someone without it who just wants something to help them with their tinnitus. In terms of the app, they do have some basic adjustments you can make to the tinnitus hearing aids settings. They kept it simple with their app, and I like that simplicity for most people, so I’m giving that a four-star review. For someone who likes to adjust their settings constantly, I wouldn’t fit them with this device.
5. Starkey Livio AI Edge Hearing Aids For Tinnitus
Next is the Starkey Livio AI hearing aid, and I’m giving them four stars for sound therapy. Starkey is known for having good sound therapy inside of their devices. As an audiologist, that allows me to adjust your hearing aids via telehealth or in person through the software on my computer. In terms of the app, I’m also giving them a four-star review because they have their own tinnitus app. The Starkey Thrive app that comes connected to these hearing aids has some adjustments for tinnitus features as well.
6. Oticon More Hearing Aids For Tinnitus
Lastly, we have the Oticon More hearing aid. I’m rating it three stars for sound therapy control, and for the app control, I’m rating it four stars. It has most of what I would want to see in new features, but it’s not typically considered one of the best hearing aids for tinnitus or to provide sound therapy.
To learn what may help you manage your tinnitus, please download our free 10-page e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Tinnitus Relief. Dr. Thompson also offers online Tinnitus Retraining Therapy with Pure Tinnitus.