| Published on 07/01/2020 | Updated on 13/10/2020
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
**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**
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.
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.
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.
Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE
5 year warranty included. Rechargeable version is an additional £150 per aid.Oticon OpnS Full Range
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.
Why not to buy? The AI model is a lot more expensive, make sure you will get good use out of the extra features.
Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC
Rechargeable models are an additional £100 per aidStarkey Livio Full Range
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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 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.
This hearing aid has a Channelfree system, which means it is the best core technology for this price point.
This hearing aid is old technology now, but still good value for basic aid.
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.
Do not spend hundreds of pounds without getting a second opinion from us.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.