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Advanced hearing aids, premium, standard and entry - What's the difference?

Kimberley Bradshaw - Head of Marketing
Written By:
Kimberley Bradshaw

Head of Customer Content Experience

Paul Harrison Hearing Aid UK Founder & Audiologist
Medically Reviewed By:
Paul Harrison

Audiology Expert & Founder

Updated: 18th October 2023
Advanced Hearing Aids

How to choose the right hearing aid technology level

Advanced hearing aids, premium, standard and entry - What's the difference?

 

Understanding hearing aid technology levels

Every hearing aid manufacturer has a portfolio of hearing aid ranges and within these ranges, there is a choice of hearing aid performance levels.  These are usually premium, advanced, standard and entry and this article takes a look at each one.  We hope that understanding these different hearing aid technology levels will help you make an informed decision when purchasing a hearing aid.

 

Hearing aids come in a range of performance levels

Hearing aid technology levels refer to the range of features and capabilities available in a hearing aid. Basic hearing aids are the most affordable but have the fewest features, while premium hearing aids offer the most advanced features are more expensive.

Each hearing aid range is available in different technology levels, with each level offering a different set of features and capabilities. The lowest level of hearing aid technology is referred to as "standard", "essential", "basic" or "entry-level."

 

Entry-level hearing aid technology level

Entry-level hearing aids are the most affordable, but they also have the fewest features.  For example, they may not be able to automatically adjust to different listening environments or connect to other devices, and they may not have noise reduction or directional microphone capabilities. 

However, they can still be effective at amplifying sound and may be a good option for people with mild to moderate hearing loss with a limited budget.

 

Standard hearing aid technology level

Standard hearing aids are often referred to as "mid-range" or "intermediate" devices.  These hearing aids offer more features than entry hearing aids, including the ability to automatically adjust to different listening environments and connect to other devices.

They may also have noise reduction and directional microphone capabilities. Mid-range hearing aids can be a good option for people with moderate to severe hearing loss who want more advanced features but want to avoid paying the high price tag of the premium.

However, even though you may benefit from some features that are similar to the premium level - a higher performance level will be more effective and offer a better hearing solution.

 

Advanced hearing aid technology level

At this performance level, you will benefit from great sound quality and you generally get nearly all the features that are available with the premium on some level.  For example, you will benefit from noise reduction but not on the same quality as the premium performance levels. 

Another good example would be feedback cancellation features and directional microphones - the advanced level will not be as effective as the premium level.

 

Understanding advanced hearing aids

Advanced Hearing Aids

Premium, standard and entry - What's best for me?

 

Choosing a hearing aid technology level

Ultimately, the right hearing aid technology level for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.  But here are a few things to consider:

 

  • Type of hearing loss:

Different hearing aid technology levels are better suited for different types and degrees of hearing loss. For example, if you have severe hearing loss, you may need a higher-end technology to amplify sounds effectively - especially in challenging listening environments.

 

  • Lifestyle:

Consider how you will be using the hearing aid and what features will be most important to you. For example, if you have an active lifestyle and participate in sports, you may want a hearing aid with a water-resistant design that has a really good wind reduction feature.

 

  • Budget:

Hearing aids can vary significantly in price, so it's important to consider what you can afford as well as looking at the features versus benefits.

 

  • Professional recommendation:

Your audiologist can help you determine which technology level is right for you based on your specific hearing needs and lifestyle.

 

What about premium hearing aid technology levels?

These hearing aids offer the most features and capabilities, including the ability to automatically adjust to different listening environments, connect to other devices, and filter out background noise. They may also have directional microphone capabilities and the ability to customise sound settings to the individual user's needs and preferences.

Premium hearing aid technology levels come with more specific programming and personalisation. Our patients who have invested in premium products enjoy the quality of background reduction. These specific features allow for a more comfortable listening experience - there is also a definitive difference in listening comfort too.

Premium hearing aids can be a good option for people with severe hearing loss who want the most advanced features and this level is within their budget.  You will look forward to the most tailored and comfortable hearing experience with this level of technology.

 

In conclusion

It is important to note that hearing aid technology levels do not necessarily correspond to the severity of a person's individual hearing loss. The appropriate technology level will depend on your specific hearing needs and preferences, as well as your budget. It is always a good idea to consult with your audiologist to determine the best fit and hearing aid technology level for you.

If your budget cannot stretch to the premium hearing aid technology, the most important thing to remember is that a professionally-fitted hearing aid is key.  Technology level aside, a hearing aid's most vital offering is giving you the appropriate volume for your unique hearing loss. 

The advanced features available in premium hearing aid technology levels will only make a difference if your hearing aid is correctly programmed for your hearing loss.  Many people with a limited budget purchase standard hearing aid technology level devices and are completely happy.  

A good audiologist will not advise you on a hearing aid technology level and features you do not need and will not use.

 

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This article was written by Kimberley Bradshaw

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Kimberley's medical representation has allowed her to focus on the importance of hearing healthcare and explore the many ways in which hearing loss and its awareness can be improved.

She has collaborated and written about hearing healthcare for several online publications.

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The most difference is that a basic hearing aid's sound quality is significantly different from the sound quality of a more premium hearing aid.

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Advanced hearing aids often use more modern technology to enhance and personalise your listening experience.

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