We have conducted an unbiased review of the various hearing aid brands based on a combination of independent analysis, consumer reviews and expert assessment.
Our goal was to identify the leading brands based on the actual quality and performance of their products as opposed to the effectiveness and persuasiveness of their marketing. Consequently, it was critical to seek out independent analysis and reviews from parties not associated with those brands.
Pursuant to this research, we have identified our top ten. We then ranked those ten in order, as you can see on the left. Siemens received our highest rank, Sonic Innovations our second highest and so forth on down the list all the way to Rexton, which was the final brand to make the cut. You may also want to take a look at the best earplugs for sleeping.
In selecting and ranking the top hearing aid brands, we considered a variety of factors, including quality, price, technology, selection, experience, availability, performance, and durability. We also evaluated the extent of customer service and product information provided by each hearing aid brand, whether through online, medical, specialty, or other sources.
Siemens has been a leader in the hearing aid space for many years and offers a selection of incredibly high quality products. Sound Innovations, true to its name, has been at the cutting edge of hearing aid technology, crafting instruments that provide incredible clarity of sound.
Phonak and GN ReSound are well respected brand names and their products receive consistently high rankings from consumers. Miracle Ear has a unique product, but it receives mixed reviews – some rave about its effectiveness while others take a less laudatory view.
Oticon and Widex are major players in the manufacture of hearing aids and have a lot of experience. Starkey is another well known name, making a consistent if not necessarily most cutting edge product set. Beltone and Rexton have been around for a long time and a number of consumers are fans of their products, which is why they round out our list.
(1) Siemens – large international electronics and components manufacturer dating back to the 19th century with a long history of innovating hearing aid technology. Current offerings include: Pure (ultra-small), Motion (basic BTE/ITE models), Life (easy fit BTE), Nitro (sever hearing loss), Explorer (children).
(2) Sonic Innovations – a more recent entrant in the hearing aid space, this American company was founded less than 20 years ago by a group of researchers and professors from California and Utah who came up with a new, more effective hearing technology. Current offerings include: Pearl (ultra-small BTE), Velocity (basic BTE), Endura (high-powered BTE), Ion (OTE), Balance (all types), Applause (all types), Natura Pro and Quartet (affordably priced).
(3) Phonak – a company based in Switzerland that was founded at the start of WWII that is today one of the international heavyweights in hearing aids. Offerings include: Audeo (ultra-small BTEs and ITEs), Versata, Certena, Exelia (all types), Naida (profound hearing loss), Eleva, Una, eXtra, Milo Plus (affordably priced BTEs and ITEs), MicroPower (BTEs), Nios Micro (children).
(4) GN ReSound – this is a Danish company that is part of the giant GN Store Nord that was created when Danavox and ReSound were combined. Offerings include: Alera (high end BTEs), Be (open fit ITEs), Dot2 (ultra-small BTEs), Live (regular BTEs), Essense and Ziga (affordably priced BTEs and ITEs), Sparx (profound hearing loss), Azure (open fit BTEs and ITEs), X-plore (active lifestyle).
(5) Widex – yet another company based in Denmark that has been making hearing aid devices since the 1950s. Offerings include: CLEAR (high-end BTEs), Mind (various BTEs and ITEs), Passion (ultra-small RICs), Inteo and Flash (natural hearing), Real and Bravo (affordably priced).
(6) Oticon – believe it or not, one more Danish manufacturer that is a top brand. Originally, this company was an importer of hearing devices that eventually switched over to manufacturing its own products. Current offerings include: Agil (all types), Dual (upscale BTEs), Acto (standard BTEs), Chili and Sumo (profound hearing loss), Hit (affordably priced BTEs and ITEs), Vigo, Delta, Tego, Go (various types).
(7) Starkey – this is an American manufacturer that goes back to the 1960s and boasts a bevy of celebrity clients. Offerings include: S Series (all types), OtoLens Series (ultra-small CICs), Zon Series (difficult environments), Destiny Series (standard BTEs).
(8) Miracle-Ear – this company is known as much for its manufacturing capability as its retail presence, with 1200+ store locations. Offerings include: ME-1 (high end), ME-2 (mid-range), ME-3 and ME-4 (affordably priced).
(9) Beltone – yet another American hearing aid maker that was started during WWII. A lot of experience and quality products. Current offerings include: Invisa (CICs), Petite Plus and Opera Plus (ITCs), Optima (ITEs), One! and Mia (BTEs), EDGE, Marq, and Touch (OTEs).
(10) Rexton – this American company has been purchased by Siemens, but still has a strong brand presence. Current offerings: Insite (high-end BTEs), Cobalt and Gem (mid-range BTEs), Bridge (BTEs and ITEs), Day and Arena (affordably priced).