Picking hearing aids is an individualized process. There’s many features that go into it. Some of them will be more important for you. Others not as relevant for you. I will review the six most popular hearing aid brands and their newest technology and not only from my independent personal review, but also from a survey that was done of 500 hearing doctors and their opinions on the important things like sound quality, battery life and ease of use. So let’s get into it.
My name is Ben Thompson and I’m an audiologist in California and I’m making this article for you to help you decide what are the best hearing aids for you in 2021. I’m going to base my review of each of these hearing aids off of four categories. First category is sound quality. Second category is battery life, that includes the rechargeable batteries. Third category will be smartphone connectivity, that includes streaming audio from your phone and the smartphone app that connects with the hearing aids and the fourth category is the design, the look and feel of the hearing aids on your ear.
1. Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids
The first step we have the Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids. For sound quality, I’m giving the Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids five stars. They do have a great reputation for a sound quality among hearing professionals. It’s five stars for the battery. This rechargeable case is great and people do really love it. In terms of smartphone connectivity, I’m giving the Paradise five stars. They are the best Bluetooth hearing aid in 2021. That’s for connecting to iPhones as well as Android phones. The design of the hearing aid., I’m giving that four stars for the Paradise. Behind my ear you can see there’s a volume control button up and down on each ear and I believe that’s the best setup in terms of the button on the hearing aid. Okay we have five more hearing aids to cover.
2. ReSound One Hearing Aids
Now let’s talk about the ReSound ONE Hearing Aids. I’m giving them four stars for sound quality. They’re known for having good sound quality and I’m giving them five stars for this rechargeable hearing aid case for the battery. This is the design of the hearing aid and it goes right in the battery like that. Good rechargeable case and this style of case has been around for years. It’s reliable so I’m giving them five stars for the battery. I’m also giving ReSound ONE five stars for connectivity, connecting these hearing aids to iPhone and Android. They work great for that. In terms of the design of the hearing aid, I’m giving the ReSound ONE four stars. It’s a smaller design here. It’s a little different looking. The reason I’m giving it four stars and not five, one reason is because it just has one button, one push button. I like to see the up and down on each hearing aid personally so that’s why I’m giving it four stars.
3. Widex Moment Hearing Aids
We have four more hearing aids to review and next up is the WideX Moment. For the WideX moment I’m giving four stars for sound quality. They do have the fastest sound processing, which is great for our musicians and music. For their battery life, I’m giving them three stars. It’s a good case but I like to see a case that can close personally so I’m giving them three stars for the case. The Widex Moment gets four stars for connectivity. They do connect to iPhone as well as Android and they have a solid app. For the design of this hearing, I’m giving them four stars. It’s a relatively small rechargeable hearing aid with that teardrop design.
4. Oticon More Hearing Aids
Next up we have the Oticon More. I wasn’t able to get my hands on these hearing aids yet for this video, but I wanted to explain what the professional community has to say about these hearing aids. I’m giving them five stars for sound quality. Oticon does have the best reputation for sound quality in the hearing aid market. For their battery, I’m giving them three stars. I’ve used their style of hearing aid rechargeable battery before. It’s a good rechargeable unit, but it doesn’t close and travel well so for that reason I’m giving it three stars. For the connectivity for the Oticon More, I’m giving them four stars. They do have a solid connection to iPhone, Android and a good smartphone app. And for the design of the Oticon More, I’m giving them four stars. They have a classic design that they’ve had for a number of years, I think it’s very functional. It has the up and down volume control on each individual hearing aids so for that I like that and I’m giving them four stars.
5. Signia Styletto X Hearing Aids
There’s two more hearing aids to cover, right now we have the Signia Styletto X. This is a unique style of hearing aid, one that’s very sleek and goes all the way down on the backside of the ear. I’m giving them three stars for sound quality. They have good sound quality. For the battery of the Styletto X, I’m giving them four stars. They do have a nice rechargeable battery case, it reminds me of the Apple AirPods so that’s pretty cool. For connectivity, I’m giving these Styletto X three stars. They do have good connectivity to iPhones but you do need an accessory to connect to Android. And for the design of the Styletto X, I’m giving it four stars because it is a unique sleek design so that’s cool but there’s no push buttons on the hearing aid. If you wanted Signia hearings aids, there are other push button devices you can get. This one is uniquely for a sleek design behind the ear but that’s my review.
6. Starkey Livio AI Edge Hearing Aids
Last but not least, we have the Starkey Livio AI. This hearing aid came out a few years ago. It’s still Starkey’s newest hearing aid as of the time of making this video and we’re giving them three stars for sound quality. In terms of the big major hearing aid brands, they don’t have the best reputation for sound quality from the professional community. However, they still are good hearing aids and I’ve had patients do very well with them. Livio AI get a four-star review for the battery. They have a nice rechargeable battery case. For connectivity, I’m giving the Starkey Livio AI three stars and for the design of the hearing aids, I’m giving the Livio AI four stars. They have a nice sleek design with push buttons up and down on each ear and they have biometric sensors inside of the hearing aids which allow for some advanced features for tracking your overall health and wellness.
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