There is no best brand. Best for one person might not be best for the next person.
Some brands are better than others in certain segments of the market. They may be more kid-friendly, have the smallest super-power aid, the most fully-featured economy product, the coolest accessories, or breakthrough features—for the moment.
We technically offer eight brands, but it’s hard to keep up with the technology from more than three or four companies. We tend to use one brand most of the time, plus a couple other brands when the patient wants or needs a certain feature, accessory, or price point. Our primary brand has changed over the years. We look for really good technology at every price point, good product design, software that lets us adjust things as we see fit, and companies with good people and business practices.
All eight brands offer only digital hearing aids, with some Bluetooth enabled products, some rechargeable products and a version of tinnitus management/sound therapy. Currently we fit mostly Signia, ReSound and Starkey.
Signia Hearing Aids
Since 1847, this company has been known for their “German engineering” in pushing the boundaries of hearing aid design and technology to create products that offer patients the ability to hear easily and with the utmost discretion. Formerly known as Siemens Hearing Instruments, Signia’s parent company has German and Swedish roots, and have built upon Siemens technology to boast an extensive range of devices that fit nearly every budget.
Most recently, Signia’s introduction of their Xperience™ platform has again revolutionized the way we use hearing aids. Featuring an acoustic motion sensor, it helps you focus on speech around you when you’re moving, while continuing to have excellent speech-in-noise management in other situations. This advanced technology has slimmer housing, even in their Lithium-ion rechargeable version. Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone app with remote control, streaming and tele-health options create an enjoyable experience from the moment you insert your devices.
Signia wants you to hear what matters to you, to have discrete styling and ease of use–everything you’re looking for. Visit their website here to learn more about their products.
ReSound Hearing Aids
Founded in 1943 by Dr. Rodney Perkins at Stanford University, ReSound offers a range of hearing aids to meet every unique budget, lifestyle, and type of hearing loss. By combining breakthroughs in technology with common sense design, they’ve become a favorite of patients and hearing healthcare professionals alike.
Placing an emphasis on innovative products, ReSound knows that you depend on your devices each and every day. Their iSolate Nanotech™ coatings protect each hearing aid from moisture damage, and their rechargeable LiNX Quattro™ product eliminates the battery door which further protects the aids from moisture. The ability to charge your hearing aids on the go by charging the charger is so convenient!
Both the LiNX Quattro™ and the powerful new ENZO Q™ product lines include a variety of features and functions, including Bluetooth streaming from iOS and several Android smartphones, and a smartphone remote control/tele-health app that makes using your hearing aids easier than ever. To learn more about the options available from ReSound, visit their website here.
Starkey Hearing Aids
Completely revolutionizing the hearing aid industry in the 1990’s, Starkey’s technology has only continued to advance for the last several decades. Based out of Minnesota, their early success allowed the company to rapidly expand and pave the way for hearing aid advancements across the globe. With over 500 people in their Research & Development department, they work diligently to offer patients the latest options on the market.
Their latest innovation is the inclusion of artificial intelligence in some of their hearing aids, a world’s first, earning recognition as TIME magazine’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019. Monitoring brain and body activity, fall detection, translating languages and even a virtual assistant are some of the Livio Edge AI™ and Livio AI™ products’ remarkable features. Wireless connectivity is a feature of several of their products, with Made for iPhone® hearing aids (now made for some Android phones as well) allowing better engagement in phone conversations with friends and loved ones. A smartphone app allows remote control and tele-health settings adjustment. Several rechargeable models are available, including in-the-ear styles, and the charger can charge on the go!
Since each type of hearing loss requires a different solution, Starkey aims to create a wide range of products that enhance your hearing ability with ease. Whether you’re in a crowded room or want to stream music directly to your devices while at home, Starkey has a product that will work for you. Learn more about their hearing aids by visiting their website here.
Widex Hearing Aids
Function and design are both seamlessly integrated in hearing aids manufactured by Widex. Two Danish families established the brand in 1956, and by 1995 they were the first in the market to release a completely digital hearing aid. Since then they have proven time and time again that innovative craftsmanship and a commitment to quality are essential when creating products that last. They have recently become a sister company to Signia.
Offering a range of products, Widex now has the smallest RIC-style lithium-ion rechargeable product along with a several hearing aids that pair with wireless devices. Their Made for iPhone® hearing aids allow wearers to stream podcasts, music, and phone calls with ease. They’re also ready for future connections with select Android devices, and of course have a smartphone app for remote control and tele-health. Widex is known for their sound quality, and is a favorite of musicians. Their new MOMENT™ line features PureSound™ for the most pure and natural sound ever.
Widex not only takes care of our patients but makes huge strides toward improving our planet. With a carbon-neutral headquarters that runs from renewable energy sources, they are dedicated to making our world a better place. Visit their website to learn more about how they can help with hearing loss.
Rexton Hearing Aids
Selecting the best hearing aid for your lifestyle should be an easy choice, and with that goal in mind Rexton manufactures a variety of styles that meet the needs of patients around the world. Also a sister company to Signia, they focus on offering devices that give the user a natural hearing experience and make hearing easy again.
Priding themselves on their MyCore™ technology, their latest hearing aid technology provides a more relaxed listening experience by enhancing speech in every situation. It works with your environment to reduce echos, improve the quality of sound, and allow you to easily hear no matter where you are. Use your smartphone to adjust your settings with ease and enjoy their small and discreet designs that enhance the quality of your life.
Now available with a plethora of advanced features, Rexton’s products restore the richness of sound like never before. To learn more about their line of hearing aids, visit the Rexton website here.
Phonak Hearing Aids
A household name that’s known for making quality and diverse products, Phonak’s line of hearing aids tackle even the most challenging hearing impairments. From utilizing the latest technology to creating devices that are fun for children to wear, they aim to offer a full array of hearing aids for everyone.
Phonak’s latest product line is called Marvel™ 2.0. This backwards-compatible technology introduced improvements in sound quality, speech understanding in noise, reduced listening effort in noise and streamed sound quality. Advanced features including a rechargeable version, Bluetooth connectivity to iOS, Android or other devices (up to two devices), and a remote control app.
Phonak continues to pave the way in hearing aid technology by offering robust features and intuitive design. To learn more about their products, visit the Phonak website here.
Unitron Hearing Aids
Winning multiple awards for their compact and user-friendly designs, Unitron is always looking to the future when developing their next products. A sister company to Phonak, they place a strong emphasis on creating hearing aids that patients will be proud to wear and that enhance the quality of their day to day lives.
Whether you have mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss, Unitron has a product to meet your needs. They’ve integrated rechargeable battery designs to make your experience even easier, and with the world’s smallest behind-the-ear device available, patients know they can get the power they need without having to worry about performance.
Several product lines are available to meet your specific hearing needs and with the option to connect to any smartphone, not just an iPhone®, you can enjoy wireless streaming anywhere, anytime! The newest addition to their Discover Next family, Moxi™ Move R – is their smallest lithium-ion RIC style product. To learn more about Unitron, visit their website here.
Oticon Hearing Aids
Oticon has a rich history in the hearing aid industry and creates innovative devices that meet the needs of every patient. Founded over 100 years ago, they continuously develop new models that assist in making sounds clearer and allowing you to interpret what you’re hearing with ease.
Recently, Oticon has introduced Opn S™ technology with highly sensitive detectors to monitor changes in the acoustic environment 56,000 times per second. By taking on much of the work your brain tends to do, Oticon’s devices allow you to enjoy any activities you desire.
As our world becomes increasingly connected, you might find that you need more from your hearing aids. Oticon’s latest products integrate Bluetooth capability along with a rechargeable battery for the ultimate in convenience. Their smartphone app can even integrate with internet-connected devices and services as part of the If This Then That (IFTTT.com) service.
To learn more about their full lineup of hearing aids, visit their website here.