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Updated 23/11/2021

Top 5 hearing aids of 2020/2021

Top 5 Best Hearing Aids 2021

So, what are the best hearing aids UK 2021?

 

The best hearing aids available in UK

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 digital hearing aid technology, other hearing aid makes have barely improved in years. 

You might be looking for the best hearing aids money can buy or you might not - either way, we hope this guide will help you in your search to finding the right hearing aid for you - whether that be the upgrade you need or if you are wearing hearing aids for the first time.

This is the update from our "the best hearing aids 2020 UK review" and our latest expert review, so we can help you know which is which and what we think are the top five best digital hearing aids of 2021 and the best hearing aids to buy on the market today. 

 

Choosing the best hearing aids UK

To label the industry's best hearing aids of 2021 in numerous categories, we asked our own audiologists to score each hearing aid on the market using such criteria as price, hearing aid features, technology advancement and other priorities that are generally considered important to consumers.  Look at the latest Which Report? best hearing aids consumer reports here

Best Hearing Aids 2021 & Reviews

Including best hearing aids and prices

Oticon More 1 hearing aid

The Best Hearing Aids - Winner

Oticon More 1 Hearing Aids

 

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 and is the reason why we have voted More as the best overall hearing aid.

 

Improvements over the OpnS1

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

Why buy?

  • In our opinion, Oticon's More 1 hearing aid gives you one of the most powerful platforms on the market.  With advanced BrainHearing technology and OpenSound Navigator, plus its impressive processing speed – we predict this digital hearing aid will be hard to beat.
  • Oticon More is a relatively small hearing aid, so it will sit comfortably on the ear.
  • At launch, the More includes the only artificial intelligence that greatly improves speech understanding with their Deep Neural Network technology.  Giving consumers the most advanced and best hearing aids for artificial intelligence.
Oticon More 1 hearing aids

Why not buy?

  • Currently no custom in-ear options (however, the Opn1 hearing aid does have).
  • This hearing aid is compatible with both Android and iPhone mobile phones.  However, the list for Android-compatible devices isn't a long one - something to think about if you are an Android user.
  • The Oticon More hearing aid is a rechargeable model - so it carries a premium price tag.

 

Style:  RIC

Rechargeable Option:  Yes

Telecoil Option:  Yes

£1795
per aid
£3495
per pair
£1795
per aid
£3495
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1795
per aid
£3495
per pair

 

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC

5 year warranty included.  Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Oticon More Full Range

 

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC

5 year warranty included.  Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Oticon More Full Range
Starkey Livio Edge

The Best Hearing Aids - Second Place

Starkey Livio Edge i2400 AI Hearing Aids

 

Starkey Livio Edge 2400 AI wins second place for pure innovation, possibly the best custom hearing aids range 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

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Why buy?

  • Big improvement over the previous Starkey IQ range.
  • As with the winner, the Oticon More 1, 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.
  • A successful 'healthable' hearing aid - Meaning it is a hearing aid and health tracker in one solution.  
  • This hearing aid is jammed-packed with great features.  The AI can detect if you fall and then automatically send a notification of the fall to your friend or loved one.  They can then get help as soon as possible.
Livio Edge AI Logo

Why not buy?

You might want all the bells and whistles that this Starkey hearing aid range has to offer, but then again don't pay for what you don't need.  The Edge AI model is a lot more expensive, make sure you will get good use out of the extra features.

Also, in reality, it can struggle to connect to all Android devices, so check with your audiologist to see what the compatibility and connectivity needs are if you are an Android user.

 

Style:  BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC and Custom

Rechargeable Option:  Yes

Telecoil Option:  Yes

£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

The Best Hearing Aids - Third Place

Signia Silk 7X Hearing Aids

 

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.

Best small hearing aids

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.  

Signia Silk 7X

Why buy?

  • Same great quality processing as you get in the behind-the-ear Signia 7X hearing aids - giving you a clear and natural sound.
  • 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 IIC.
  • Signia Silk 7X has 48 channels and six personalised programs, so you have plenty of choices - enabling you to find the right fit for you.
Signia Silk X Hearing Aids

Why not buy?

In regards to loss, Signia Silk is great for people with mild-to-moderate hearing and will not for those with a more profound hearing loss. 

On another note, this hearing aid isn't suitable for everybody's ear shape.  Therefore, please contact us as we would need to check your ear canal shape.

 

Style: IIC

Rechargeable Option:  No

Telecoil Option:  No

£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
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The Best Hearing Aids - Notable Runner Up

Widex Moment 440 Passion / RIC 10 Hearing Aids

 

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" or "RIC 10" shape is a good pick.

Widex Moment really is a good tinnitus hearing aid.  The Zen technology uses fractal musical tones to manage tinnitus.  This is good because they are played at random and, therefore, no pattern for your brain to habituate. 

The Moment also uses amplification of natural sounds of nature to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus.

Widex Moment Charger

Why buy?

  • Smallest RIC and most realistic hearing experience on the market and probably the most attractive RIC on the market.
  • Can stream audio directly to iPhone.
  • Has most of the features of the Moment range including very natural sound quality.
  • Handy single-button program switching.
  • Arguably the best hearing aids for tinnitus.
Widex Moment

Why not buy?

Don't buy this hearing aid because Widex has claimed it "doesn't sound like a hearing aid" and is not 'tinny' or artificial like other hearing aids. 

The ‘tinny’ sound Widex is referring to is a generalisation. In reality, it’s rare that people can detect digital echo in aids. Most of our customers who have worn Moment aids can’t detect the difference in speed from their previous devices.  However, they have enjoyed the natural sound quality - so they must be doing something right!

You also need a Widex accessory to stream audio and have the flexibility of hands-free if you have an Android phone and devices. 

 

Style:  RIC, BTE

Rechargeable Option:  Yes

Telecoil Option:  Yes

£1795
per aid
£3495
per pair
£1795
per aid
£3495
per pair

 

 

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

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Widex Moment Full Range

 

 

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

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Widex Moment Full Range

The Best Hearing Aids - Notable Runner Up

Phonak Paradise P90 Hearing Aids

 

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. 

 

Best hearing aids Bluetooth

One feature, in particular, was the introduction of Roger compatibility - a system of accessories mainly aimed at those with severe losses.  Paradise offers twice the memory we saw in Marvel.  Offering, at launch, the only and best hearing aid for universal connectivity with devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android etc. 

This model also includes a convenient tap control feature to answer/end calls, start/stop streaming and tap into other digital devices and assistants like Siri.

Why buy?

  • 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.  Answer and reject calls with a simple tap of your ear!
  • The Phonak Paradise is compatible with Phona's Roger Bluetooth accessories.  Roger is a system of accessories mainly aimed at those with severe losses.
  • This hearing aid includes Phonak's AutoSense technology.  This means that the hearing aid can adjust automatically to your environment.  For instance, if you're in a restaurant and it suddenly becomes busier - Paradise will detect the increase in background noise and adjust to reflect that.  Limiting audible background noise and improve your quality of hearing. 
  • Another plus is the Motion Sensors - designed to automatically adapt with your movements in mind.

Why not buy?

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 as they would do normally.

The wax filters can also be a little challenging to change, so bear this in mind if dexterity is an issue.

 

Style:  RIC (including the Naida model in P rechargeable and UP)

Rechargeable Option:  Yes

Telecoil Option:  Yes

 

 

Behind the Ear

Fitting Styles: RIC, P, UP

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version an additional £50 per aid. New ActiveVent Receiver sold separately.

 
 
Phonak Paradise Full Range

 

 

Behind the Ear

Fitting Styles: RIC, P, UP

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version an additional £50 per aid. New ActiveVent Receiver sold separately.

 
 
Phonak Paradise Full Range

Best Affordable Hearing Aids 2021

What's available in the essential hearing aid market?

 

Best hearing aids at reasonable price?

You might be looking for the best hearing aids in the world or looking for devices without all the bells and whistles and just want to explore the best hearing aids in the market that are more affordable. 

We also thought it might be beneficial to list a few hearing aid devices that we consider to be affordable hearing aids and good value for money.  Here are our top picks for the most recent affordable hearing aids of 2021 and below the best hearing aids under 1.2K (for a pair) along with the product page links.

 

Everyone's hearing aid budget is different

Before I start, I understand that everyone’s idea of expensive or budget is very different – but I think the following products are both great examples of hearing aid ranges that aren't at the top end of the scale.  Good inexpensive hearing aids that are still packed with great hearing technology.

 

Best Affordable Hearing Aids - Winner

Oticon Ruby 1 Hearing Aids

 

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 been 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.

Introducing the first hearing aid (at launch) in the essentials category to include great sound quality, rechargeability and connectivity in one simple, easy and complete solution.  Oticon Ruby includes an uber-fast charging facility - giving you six hours of power in a 30-minute charge or a full day's worth of power in three.  

Its wireless capability provides crystal clear and high-quality sound streaming and simple connectivity to your favourite devices.  You can even pair with numerous TV adapters in a single household and, by using the Oticon ON app, you can choose which TV to stream from.

Oticon Ruby hearing aids

Why do we think Oticon Ruby 1 is one of the best hearing aids at an affordable price?

 

Best Affordable Hearing Aids - Second Place

Resound Key 4 Hearing Aids

 

Resound Key is Resound's new essential range for 2021.  Designed to work easily, comfortably and reliably with your own unique ears for a better hearing experience. You can benefit from accessing device guidance that will assist you and evolve with your daily listening experiences.

You can also personalise your listening experience and access audiology guidance remotely. This means that you can request hearing care from your audiologist wherever you are.

Resound Key Hearing Aids

Why do we think Resound Key 4 is one of the best hearing aids at an affordable price?

 

£895
per aid
£1695
per pair
£895
per aid
£1695
per pair
Tech Rating:
£895
per aid
£1695
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, SP

2 year warranty included.

Rechargeable version is an additional £150 per aid.

Oticon Ruby Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, SP

2 year warranty included.

Rechargeable version is an additional £150 per aid.

Oticon Ruby Full Range
£995
per aid
£1995
per pair
£995
per aid
£1995
per pair
Tech Rating:
£995
per aid
£1995
per pair

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

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

Resound Key Full Range

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

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

Resound Key Full Range

Best Value Hearing Aids UK 2021

Under 1.2K (for a pair)

 

Best budget hearing aids from our audiologists

Below we briefly go through the three hearing aids that we believe to be the best hearing aids and value for your money, as well as great options for under £1,200 and why.  

Best Hearing Aids Under 1.2K - Winner

Bernafon Zerena 1 Hearing Aids

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

 

Best Hearing Aids Under 1.2K - Second Place

Starkey Muse IQ i1000 Hearing Aids

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

 

Best Hearing Aids Under 1.2K - Third Place

Unitron Tempus 500 Hearing Aids

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 Next hearing aid range is only the rechargeable battery. 

£495
per aid
£895
per pair
£495
per aid
£895
per pair
Tech Rating:
£495
per aid
£895
per pair

 

 

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

2 year warranty included.  

Bernafon Zerena Full Range

 

 

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

2 year warranty included.  

Bernafon Zerena Full Range
£645
per aid
£1095
per pair
£645
per aid
£1095
per pair

 

 

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

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

Unitron Tempus Full Range

 

 

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

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

Unitron Tempus Full Range
£695
per aid
£1195
per pair
£695
per aid
£1195
per pair
Tech Rating:
£695
per aid
£1195
per pair

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

Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.

Starkey Muse IQ and Halo Full Range

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

Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.

Starkey Muse IQ and Halo Full Range
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How to Find the Best Rated Hearing Aids for You

 

Advice on how to pick the best hearing aids for you and your hearing loss

Investing in devices doesn't necessarily mean you have to purchase the best hearing aids you can buy.  The hearing aid for you all depends on the level of your hearing loss, dexterity, connectivity needs, lifestyle and other priorities.  All these specifics and various types of hearing aids will be discussed carefully and thoroughly with your audiologist.

They can also advise on the best hearing aids for severe hearing loss (if that is your level), the best hearing aid brands in the industry, some of the best hearing aids Behind the Ear and more - so you get a feel of the industry and what is available.

 

The best hearing aid fit

For your hearing aids to be successful - the actual fit and acoustic compatibility are the most important.  In short, your actual fit is how the hearing aid fits in your ear which can ultimately affect the way you hear and whether you are comfortable wearing it or not.  The acoustic fit is how your device settings are catered for your individual hearing needs by your audiologist.

 

The best hearing aid technology

There are also hearing aid technology levels to consider.  These are generally basic, standard and premium - and like with all technology the more sophisticated the technology the more you will pay for your devices. 

Your audiologist will advise you on the best technology level for your hearing loss, as you shouldn't have to pay for more than you need and features you won't use.

  

Need more support on the best place to buy hearing aids?

If you want to know more about the best hearing aids and cost, researching the best place for hearing aids, wondering which are the best hearing aids for you or if you have any questions regarding hearing loss, hearing aids or hearing healthcare - please call us free on 0800 567 7621 and watch our 2021 hearing aid review video further down the page.

 

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