You might be thinking if it is worth upgrading your hearing aids yet, but it all depends on what you buy. 2021 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 and what we think are the top five best digital hearing aids of 2021 and best rated hearing aids on the market.
In March 2019, the predecessor of this aid, the Oticon OpnS1 hearing aid was considered by many to be the best hearing aid on the market. In January 2021 they brought out the new generation - the Oticon More 1. It's even better.
In our opinion, Oticon's More 1 hearing aid gives you one of the most powerful platforms on the market. With advanced Brain Hearing technology and OpenSound Navigator, plus its impressive processing speed – we predict this digital hearing aid will be hard to beat.
Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC
5 year warranty included. All Oticon More aids are rechargeable and price includes recharging station.Oticon More 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.
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 Moment is a great aid and the main form factor, the "Fusion2" has all of the features of Moment 440 - Bluetooth, machine learning, rechargeable option. However, if you don't need these then the much smaller "Passion" shape is a good pick.
Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, ITE, CIC
5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable option at no extra cost.Widex Moment Full Range
Phonak Paradise has been a popular aid since it launched in August 2020. This new model has continued to improve on the previous missing features of the original Marvel, which was re-launched as Marvel 2.0 - adding said missing features. One feature, in particular, was the introduction of Roger compatibility - Roger is a system of accessories mainly aimed at those with severe losses.
From a Bluetooth connectivity perspective, it works very well at receiving and now you can pair up to eight devices and have two active at the same time. However, the sound quality experienced by people on the other end of the phone is less successful than we have found with people using an external clip-on mic type device, or just speaking into the phone like they would do normally.
Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, P, UP
5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.
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.