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The Best 5 Hearing Aids of 2019 / 2020

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Top 5 Hearing Aids of 2019 / 2020

|  Published on 07/01/2020  |  Updated on 13/10/2020

 But first - Recent hearing aid launches

In this article, we discuss both the latest hearing aids of 2020, but also our top hearing aid picks for 2019/2020, with the hope that it may help those who are researching hearing aids or looking to upgrade.

Let's start with 2019 - it brought us a whole year of innovative hearing aid technology and many ‘world first’s’ to the industry, but what else did 2019 bring to the hearing aid industry?  Let's take a look...

More choice for those with profound hearing loss

We saw the increase of acknowledging the profoundly deaf with super and ultra-power aids, with the launch of Bernafon’s Leox and Oticon’s Xceed. Promoting the positive message that power aid users are also wanting to benefit from great features and technology. It also introduced power aid users to 360-degree sound, OpenSound Navigator and True Environment Processing.

Healthable Hearing

Starkey launched their Livio AI, a ‘healthable’ hearing aid built with artificial intelligence and Oticon were praised for their OPN S model – offering an even better alternative to their already successful Opn. We were also quite impressed with the arrival of Signia’s Styletto Connect, which targeted the eradication of stigma and attitudes towards hearing aids with its super stylish design and jamming it with great technology.

2020 hearing aid technology

Along with other exciting new launches of 2020, both the Starkey AI and Signia Connect were then again revamped to introduce innovative models and platforms with the Livio Edge AI and Signia X, but more on those models later.

2019 seemed to rise to demands and got us all excited about the future of hearing solutions again. It truly felt the year that made the industry evolve into one that is more inclusive and, more importantly, one that listened and responded to the consumer’s wants and needs.

Starkey Livio

So, what's new for 2020 so far?

What should we be expecting from 2020?  We've seen a few new launches now, which have raised the bar in many categories.  It will interesting to see what else is in the bag for the rest of the year.  However, what it does show is that this year is showing promise and the kind of innovation that will not only enhance hearing now - but also shape the future of audiology technology.

There was talk of a more successful Bluetooth technology, which was the advance needed to deal with some of the complaints surrounding Bluetooth within hearing aids.  This wasn't just hearsay and it has shown to provide the digital answer to telecoils and loop systems - connecting hearing and Bluetooth devices to PA systems instantly and seamlessly.

2020 hearing aid news

We endeavour to write about the most recent hearing aid launches in the industry and all manufacturers we stock, as soon as the information is available to us.  Watch this space for updates of new hearing aids for 2020 and beyond!

Resound ONE Hearing Aids

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**Customer Note: This article was written in early 2020 and there have been a variety of new aids released since (which we have listed below).  We are currently evaluating the new arrivals and we will produce an updated top five once the hearing aids have been out longer and fully evaluated**

Most Recent 2020 Hearing Aid Launches

 

2020 Best Hearing Aid Reviews -

Our Top Five Hearing Aid Picks

2020 has already brought in some extraordinary hearing aid technology - but what makes our top list for 2019 and 2020? What do we think are the best hearing aids? Below is Hearing Aid UK's Top 5 Hearing Aids of 2019 / 2020 to inspire you.

Is it worth upgrading your hearing aids yet? It depends on what you buy. 2019 has brought some significant advances in hearing aid technology, other hearing aid makes have barely improved in years. Here is a breakdown so we can help you know which is which.

Winner - Oticon Opn S1

For 2017 and 2018, the predecessor of this aid, the Oticon Opn1 was considered by many to be the best hearing aid on the market. In March 2019 they brought out the next generation, the Oticon Opn S1. It's even better.

Improvements over the original Opn1

  • Better hearing in background noise.
  • More natural sound, easier to pick up speech.
  • Feedback canceller is amazing, completely stops feedback.
  • Decent integrated rechargeable battery

Any reasons not to buy?

  • No custom in-ear options (however, the original Opn1 does have).
  • Rechargeable option is expensive.

In our opinion, Oticon's Opn S1 gives you one of the most powerful platforms on the market.  With an upgrade OpenSound Navigator and its impressive processing speed – we predict this hearing aid will be hard to beat.

£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 year warranty included.  Rechargeable version is an additional £150 per aid.

Oticon OpnS Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 year warranty included.  Rechargeable version is an additional £150 per aid.

Oticon OpnS Full Range
Livio Range Cropped

Second Place - Starkey Livio Edge i2400 AI

Starkey Livio Edge 2400 AI wins second place for pure innovation and for providing great product support and improvements since the Livio launched. The 2020 Livio Edge model is the only hearing aid to feature the only rechargeable custom made hearing aid - the ITE/ITC and a variety of other sensors and functions from foreign language translators to heart rate monitors.

As of November 2019, they have added more Bluetooth options for all smartphone users, especially Android.  Plus new for 2020, both the AI and latest Edge AI models are available in all technical specifications.

Starkey Livio Edge AI

So, what's good?

  • Big improvement over the previous Starkey IQ range.
  • As with the winner, the OpnS1 the sound quality and background noise reduction are excellent, if not quite as good as the Oticon.
  • Good customer care, repairs to hearing aids are normally turned around very quickly.
  • New ITE model that is both stylish and rechargeable.

Why not to buy?  The AI model is a lot more expensive, make sure you will get good use out of the extra features.

£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC

Rechargeable models are an additional £100 per aid

Starkey Livio Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC

Rechargeable models are an additional £100 per aid

Starkey Livio Full Range

Third Place - Signia Silk 7X

The new Signia Silk 7X model is still a "modular CIC", meaning a completely in the canal hearing aid, very hard to see on most people and includes the new Xperience platform. It does not need to be custom made to the shape of the ear and does not block the ear canal in the same way either.

The beauty of this hearing aid is really down to the great design which allows those who require an open fitting to still wear a CIC. You might have been told that you can't wear an in-ear hearing aid. The good news here is that you might be able to wear this one.

So, what's good?

  • Same great quality processing as you get in the behind the ear  Signia 7X hearing aids.
  • They have a CROS system in both BTE and now ITE, with the new Silk X model. People with this type of hearing loss cannot usually get discreet in-ear aids.
  • Comfortable and open fitting CIC.

Why not to buy?  This hearing aid isn't suitable for everybody, please contact us as we would need to check your ear canal shape.

£1695
per aid
£2995
per pair
£1695
per aid
£2995
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1695
per aid
£2995
per pair

In the Ear
Fitting Styles: IIC

5 Year Warranty Included

Signia Xperience Full Range

In the Ear
Fitting Styles: IIC

5 Year Warranty Included

Signia Xperience Full Range

Notable Runner Up - Widex Evoke 440 Passion

Nobody wants style over substance, but style over features that you don't need? That seems like a fair trade. The Widex Evoke is a great aid and the main form factor, the "Fusion2" has all of the features of Evoke 440 - Bluetooth, machine learning, rechargeable option. However, if you don't need these then the much smaller "Passion" shape is a good pick.

So, what's good?

  • Smallest RIC and most realistic hearing experience on the market.
  • Arguably the most attractive RIC on the market.
  • Has most of the features of the Moment range including a very natural sound quality.

Why not to buy?  Widex have upgraded their Bluetooth in Moment, but if you want Bluetooth and don't like changing the battery every four days (on average).

£1695
per aid
£2895
per pair
£1695
per aid
£2895
per pair

 

Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC  

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

Widex Evoke Full Range

 

Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC  

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

Widex Evoke Full Range

Notable Runner Up - Phonak Marvel M90 2.0

The Phonak Marvel M90 has been a popular aid since they first launched in 2018, however, there have always been missing features that have caused consternation. Now they have essentially re-launched the Marvel as Marvel 2.0 and added these missing features in.

So, what's good?

  • All original Marvel aids can be upgraded for free, simply take it to your audiologist and they will do a "firmware upgrade" which will change it to the Marvel 2.0.
  • They can now be paired to two Bluetooth devices which fixes the problem of having to re-pair the aids every time you wanted to use a second device.
  • They now have Roger compatibility - Roger is a system of accessories mainly aimed at those with severe losses.

Why not to buy?

Core processing has still not been improved. Same processing and noise reduction systems that they have been using since 2015 mean that for people with high requirements Phonak have been eclipsed by better aids with more current technology.

 

 

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

 

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

Affordable Hearing Aids 2020

We also thought it might be a beneficial idea to list a few hearing aid devices that we consider to be good value for money.  Here is the most recent affordable hearing aid of 2020:

Oticon Ruby 1

Oticon extended its 'essential' range with the launch of Ruby.  A Behind-the-Ear hearing aid that raised the standards of the essential hearing aid category in the industry. Oticon Ruby provides great sound quality that's historically not seen in essential hearing aids of the past.  Along with Oticon's Siya In-the-Ear styles - there is a wide product range that is both reliable and affordable.

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Oticon Ruby

Affordable Hearing Aids of 2019/2020

3 Best Hearing Aids Under 1.2K

This hearing aid has a Channelfree system, which means it is the best core technology for this price point.

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This hearing aid is old technology now, but still good value for basic aid.

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Another hearing aid with old technology and therefore set at a reduced price, but far better than the older North 500.  The main difference between this and the new Discover range is only the rechargeable battery. 

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This article was written by Paul Harrison

Meet Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert

Managing Director & founder of Hearing Aid UK, with over 20 years of audiology experience and a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Council (BSHAA) between 2015-2020.

Below are all the hearing aids mentioned in this article

Oticon OpnS1 miniRITE

Tech rating:
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair
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Signia Silk 7X

Tech rating:
£1695
per aid
£2995
per pair
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Starkey Livio Edge 2400 AI

Tech rating:
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair
View
Widex Logo

Widex Moment 440 | Passion / Fusion2

Tech rating:
£1795
per aid
£3395
per pair
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