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For some products you purchase, you may be loyal to a certain brand without even realizing it. It may be because that is what you have always used, it is what your parents purchased, or you think it is the best choice. In the world of hearing aids, it is no different. There are a lot of brands out there and finding out which brand is the best or most suitable for you can be harder than it sounds. After all, this hearing device is going to be used for daily communication, and that’s a big deal!
Unless you have spoken to a friend or family member about their own personal preference in hearing aid, you probably wonder which hearing aid brand is the best. To help you in your research, we looked at the 6 best hearing aid brands available on the market:
Top 7 Hearing Aids
- Super Efficient Power Consumption
- 500+ hour Battery Life
- Built In High Capacity Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
- 4 Amplify Mode Adjustable For Better Hearing Assistance
- ★ FDA Registed Hearing Aid for All Adults : The same quality you get from an audiologist...
- ★ 100% Rechargeable Hearing Aid : Save money with our rechargeable magnetic charging...
- 500 HR PLUS BATTERY LIFE
- MOST POPULAR MODEL
- EASY USE AND COMFORTABLE FEATURE: Our hearing amplifier designed by audiologist is easy,...
- RECHARGABLE FEATURE: Our hearing amplifier saves your trouble to buy button batteries...
- EASY USE AND COMFORTABLE FEATURE: Banglijian is a professional hearing amplifier (PSAP)...
- RECHARGABLE FEATURE: Our hearing amplifier runs with high quality lithium battery, which...
- SMALL, LIGHT WEIGHT AND DIGITAL
- NOISE CANCELLING TECHNOLOGY
What makes a hearing brand reputable?
The reputation of hearing aid companies comes from 4 key areas:
- The investment they make in research and development to produce quality and innovative products for better sound quality, fit, and function.
- The training and customer service they provide to the hearing healthcare professionals recommending their products.
- The impact of their marketing to portray the culture, philosophy, and mission of the company.
- The history of the company.
This is based on those 4 areas that we have listed the 6 brands mentioned above as the best ones on the market.
How to choose your hearing aid brand?
When making a choice to purchase hearing aids, it will come down to your own personal preference, as well as the preference of your hearing healthcare provider.
Your hearing healthcare provider is likely much more knowledgeable of the different hearing aid brands than you are, and will develop certain preferences in brands over time. These preferences are based on:
- The technology capabilities of the product.
- The dependability of the product and customer service team
- The service and repair experience with the product.
It is important to listen to your hearing healthcare professional’s recommendations. Your individual needs will help to determine which of these hearing aid brands may be recommended for you.
While choosing a hearing aid brand is a really important decision to make, your best hearing will always come from having a trusting partnership between you and your hearing specialist and provider.
Which Features Are Important?
In our survey, 53 percent of people who wear hearing aids said that rechargeable batteries were one of the most important features they looked for when purchasing a hearing aid. Smartphone capabilities or tinnitus masking was noted as most important by 43 percent, and 42 percent said automatic noise level adjustment was most important.
Forty-one percent said that the option of multiple program settings (which allows users to optimize aids for a variety of environments, such as quiet rooms or loud restaurants) was one of the most important features they looked for. Forty percent mentioned advanced microphone features, and 37 percent said wireless connectivity to other devices was most important. Other key features, according to hearing aid experts, include the following:
An option on many modern hearing aids, a telecoil is a small sensor or copper wire that is placed in the hearing aid. When activated, it wirelessly picks up a magnetic signal from hearing-aid-compatible telephones and public address systems—such as those that may be in conference rooms, concert halls, museums, taxis, and even subway trains—and converts that energy into sound. An audio induction loop, or hearing loop, which is a wire that circles a telecoil-compatible room or space, emits the signal that the telecoil picks up.
Such technologies help people—especially those with moderate to profound hearing loss—to better understand a speaker’s voice by making it louder and eliminating most background noise and reverberation. Ask your provider for a manual T-switch, which enables seamless connection to loop systems. He or she should also activate your telecoil and show you how to use it.
Many modern hearing aids have a directional microphone, which helps you converse in noisy environments by making the audio signal in front of you louder than the noise from the rear or sides. This technology works best when you are close to the sound source. Almost all hearing aids with this feature are able to automatically switch between directional and omnidirectional settings, depending on the environment. Advanced versions can focus behind the listener or to the listener’s side. A negative: It’s prone to picking up wind noise.
Feedback suppression, or digital feedback reduction, helps quell high-pitched whistling sounds. Most modern hearing aids include this feature, but its effectiveness differs from aid to aid. It’s useful for minimizing feedback if you’re close to the telephone or if the aid is slightly dislodged from your ear when you move your jaw. It can also allow for much more venting, comfort, and better sound quality for listeners who have good hearing in the lowest pitches. A proper fit can also reduce feedback.
Digital Noise Reduction (DNR)
Improves listener comfort and communication in noisy environments by blocking out some background noise. This makes it easier to hear and understand speech, though it is not a fix for all situations.
Other Hearing Aid Features Worth Noting
Most newer aids also have low-battery indicator sounds, wax guards to prevent buildup, automatic and manual volume control, wireless connectivity between hearing aids, data logging, and a memory of your listening preferences. Another newer feature is direct audio input, which allows users to connect directly to a television or another electronic device.
At the higher end, Bluetooth wireless technology allows users to stream music and calls from computers, smartphones, and TVs directly through their hearing aid. Some aids also have frequency shifting technology (for those with hearing problems in the highest pitches) and accessories such as remote microphones (sometimes called “spouse mics”), advanced smartphone remotes, and more.