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13 Best Hearing Aids of September 2023: Expert Reviewed

We selected our top hearing aid choices based on features, price, fit, and more.
Sep 27, 2023
Fact Checked
Written by: MS, RDN, LDN
Medically reviewed by: AuD
Reviewed by: BSPharm, MPH, Senior Director, NCOA Center for Healthy Aging

Hearing Aids - Key Takeaways

  • Jabra Enhance offers the all-around best hearing aids on the market based on our Reviews Team’s hands-on testing.
  • 37.5 million people in the United States have hearing loss. That number is expected to almost double in the next four decades.
  • The cost of hearing aids varies significantly and can range from $99 to $7,000 per pair (for context, the Jabra Enhance starts at $1,195). Factors influencing the cost of hearing aids include the manufacturer, features, style, fit, technology levels, and customization options.
  • When shopping for hearing aids, some of the most important features to consider are your degree of hearing loss, Bluetooth capabilities, feedback suppression, and style. Some of the most popular hearing aid styles include completely-in-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), behind-the-ear (BTE), and in-the-ear (ITE).

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A Quick Look at the Best Hearing Aids


Our Reviews Team recommends products and services we believe provide value in the lives of our readers. We’ve spent more than 5,000 hours conducting in-depth research on hearing aid devices to give you the most accurate hearing aid review. To make these selections, we:

  • Consulted with audiologists and geriatric care experts
  • Mystery shopped 18 brands
  • Surveyed hundreds of hearing aid users
  • Tested various models of hearing aids
  • Interviewed experts in the field
  • Read thousands of verified customer reviews
Why you can trust our expert review
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How we research and review hearing aids

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Our Reviews Team tests the waterproof claims of various hearing aids

We only recommend hearing devices that we think will have a positive impact for our readers, so we began our testing process by reviewing hearing aid research. We also consulted with audiologists and geriatric care experts to better understand the research, the needs of people with hearing loss, and the hearing aid brands and models on the market.

We read thousands of reviews on trusted third-party sites such as Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Trustpilot to understand customers’ experiences and where they think hearing aids are falling short. Next, we conducted a survey to discover what people love about their hearing aids, what features they use, and what their biggest challenges are.

We focused on brands that:

  • Are widely available
  • Have a range of prices
  • Treat different types of hearing loss
  • Offer a variety of features for different hearing concerns

Any time we recommend a hearing aid brand, we have our selections medically reviewed by an audiologist to examine the company, find the best model, and ensure every hearing aid on our list is appropriate for our readers’ needs.

Read more about our hearing aids review methodology.

The best hearing aid brands, as of September 2023


Price per pair

Hearing aid style






Jabra Enhance



Rechargeable and disposable options


Phone app or remote support

1–3 years




Receiver-in-canal, completely-in-canal

Rechargeable and disposable options

Yes (except the Mini)

Phone app, remote support, remote control, and mail-in options

2 years




Behind-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, completely-in-canal


Yes (for adjustments only, no streaming)

Phone app or remote support

1–2 years






Yes (for adjustments only, no streaming)

Phone app or remote support

1–2 years




Behind-the-ear, receiver-in-canal

Rechargeable and disposable options

Yes (for adjustments only, no streaming)

Phone app or remote support

1 year


Audien Atom Pro





Screw on hearing aid

1 year


Phonak Audéo Lumity





Phone app, remote, and in-person

Depends on retailer

Depends on retailer

Signia Silk X





Phone app, remote, and in-person

Depends on retailer

Depends on retailer

Widex Moment


Behind-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, in-the-ear, completely-in-canal

Rechargeable and disposable options


Phone app, remote, and in-person

Depends on retailer

Depends on retailer

ReSound Omnia



Rechargeable and disposable options


Phone app, remote, and in-person

Depends on retailer

Depends on retailer

Starkey Evolv AI


Behind-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, in-the-ear, completely-in-canal

Rechargeable and disposable options


Phone app, remote, and in-person

Depends on retailer

Depends on retailer

Phonak Naída Paradise P-UP





Phone app, remote, and in-person

Depends on retailer

Depends on retailer

Oticon Own


In-the-ear, completely-in-canal, invisible-in-canal

Rechargeable and disposable options


Phone app, remote, and in-person

Depends on retailer

Depends on retailer

Best Hearing Aids of 2023

Our Top Pick
Why We Chose

Jabra Enhance earns “Our Top Pick” for the company’s combination of quality, powerful devices, and a commitment to ongoing customer service that includes support from an audiology team (specialists trained to treat hearing loss) if you purchase the premium package. All this together makes Jabra Enhance one of the best hearing aids on the market.

  • Battery: Rechargeable and disposable options
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes
  • Adjustment: Remote, phone app, or buttons on hearing aid
  • Warranty and trial period: Jabra Enhance offers a 100-day risk-free trial period for all Jabra Enhance select devices; one to three-year manufacturer’s warranty and loss-and-damage protection (depending on basic or premium package)
  • Financing: Yes
Additional Details

Hearing professionals often say that the benefits of hearing aids are due not just to the devices themselves, but also how they’re programmed. When an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist tailors your hearing aid settings to your type of hearing loss, it will work better for you.

Jabra Enhance focuses on giving customers full access to its audiology care team to ensure help is available. As a Jabra Enhance customer, you’ll get personalized, professional expertise—with no in-person visits to an office or hearing center—for a low price compared to other online hearing aids. Not every hearing aid company has an audiology care team on staff for consultations.

Jabra Enhance offers an online hearing screening and a pre-purchase video consultation with a member of the audiology care team. The company’s devices can also be paired with a smartphone app that allows you to adjust the settings or volume from your phone.

After purchasing a pair of Jabra Enhance hearing aids, you’ll get support from the audiology team to set up the app and your hearing aids. You can also receive audiology team consultations for up to three years if you need adjustments (only for those that buy the premium package of the hearing aids).

It’s important to note that online hearing screenings are not the same as tests performed in a clinic. Clinic tests are administered by a hearing professional and can sometimes diagnose the cause of your hearing loss.

Jabra Enhance Select 50 hearing aids gray

A pair of battery-powered Enhance Select 50 hearing aids cost $1,195 (basic package), about 40% less than the average $3,000 price tag for similar high-tech aids purchased at an audiology clinic. A pair of rechargeable Enhance Select 100 costs $1,495–$1,695 (basic versus premium package), though the company offers financing options that allow you to pay as little as $49–$55 per month for this device.

Jabra Enhance also has a newer rechargeable model called the Enhance Select 200. At $1,795 per pair for the basic package ($58 per month with financing) or $1,995 per pair for the premium package ($65 per month with financing), the Enhance Select 200 is the most expensive option. But it also offers the newest technology, which the company says provides a clearer, more natural listening experience compared to older models.

Read our Jabra Enhance review for more information.

Our Top Pick
Best Invisible Fit
Why We Chose

Eargo is known for its small, rechargeable hearing aid devices that are nearly invisible when positioned in the ear canal. Because of the small size, users in verified customer reviews routinely report that they forgot they’re there. Also, the unique flexible fibers in Eargo devices mean you won’t get that “plugged up” feeling sometimes caused by in-canal hearing aids.

  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes
  • Adjustment: Remote, phone app, or by tapping your ear
  • Warranty and trial period: Eargo offers a one-year warranty on the Eargo 5 and 6 models and a two-year warranty on the Eargo 7. All warranties include unlimited repairs and a one-time replacement. Eargo also provides a 45-day trial period.
  • Financing: Yes
Additional Details

Eargo is known for its small, rechargeable hearing aid devices that are nearly invisible when positioned in the ear canal. Because of the small size, users in verified customer reviews routinely report that they forgot they’re there. Also, the unique flexible fibers in Eargo devices mean you won’t get that “plugged up” feeling sometimes caused by in-canal hearing aids.

The newest OTC model, Eargo 7, was officially released February 2023. It features an improved Sound Adjust+ with Clarity Mode, which can automatically adjust the hearing aids’ sound profile to your surroundings for a clearer listening experience in both loud and quiet environments.

The Eargo 6 has a similar Sound Adjust feature, but it functions best in quiet environments. While most Eargo models come with a one-year warranty, the Eargo 7 comes with a longer two-year warranty.

More than 70% of Eargo users who responded to our survey reported that their Eargo hearing aids are comfortable and fit well, which is noteworthy since Eargo only sells online hearing aids, and you don’t need an in-person fitting from a hearing professional. We named Eargo “Best Invisible Fit” because the brand’s devices offer comfort and a small size.

Eargo employs a unique design that allows for a more natural hearing experience with noise reduction and feedback cancellation. The company also offers affordable financing options that get you a hearing aid for as little as $47 a month.

When you purchase an Eargo device, you’ll work with a personal hearing professional to help you along the way, and you’ll have customer support for a lifetime.

Eargo hearing aids can be used right out of the box. You can either make adjustments yourself through the smartphone app, or the company’s hearing professionals can help you program your devices remotely.

However, be aware that Eargo hearing aids are only suitable for those with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss. If you need a hearing aid for moderately severe to profound hearing loss, we recommend going with a prescription brand.

Read our Eargo review for more information.

Most Financing Options
Why We Chose

Audicus produces five models—the Spirit 1, Spirit 2, Omni 1, Omni 2, and the Mini—and earned our distinction as the best hearing aids with the “Most Financing Options,” thanks to its flexible payment plans. The brand partners with Care Credit and Allegro to keep hearing aid payment plans easy, depending on your financial circumstances.

  • Battery: Rechargeable and disposable options
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes (all Spirit and Omni models—not available for the Mini)
  • Adjustment: Remote, phone app, buttons on hearing aid, remote control, and mail-in options
  • Warranty and trial period: Audicus offers a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, a 45-day risk-free trial, and customers enrolled in the membership plan get an unlimited warranty during the length of their membership.
  • Financing available: Yes
Additional Details

Excluding the Mini, all models are RIC style, offer telecoil technology, come with rechargeable or disposable batteries, and are Bluetooth-compatible. In contrast, the CIC-style Mini doesn’t come with telecoil technology or Bluetooth, and it only comes with a disposable battery option.

The newest Series 2 models, the Spirit 2 and Omni 2, are 10% smaller than the Series 1 models, have upgraded sound technology, better background noise performance, larger memory banks, and quicker environmental sound scanning and adjustment features. Plus, both the Omni 1 and Omni 2 now offer Speech Finder technology, which enhances speech sounds from any direction.

All five models are water-resistant and offer advanced technological features, like directional microphones and noise reduction. Additionally, all models have customization options. Processing channels vary by model.

During purchasing, if you opt for Care Credit, you can obtain Audicus hearing aids interest-free—if paid in full within the first 12 months of your purchase. For those with lower credit scores, Allegro is also a great financing option with low monthly payments. Additionally, you can toggle your payment option to “switch to pay over time” at checkout, which allows you to secure payments of less than $100 per month on a six-, 12-, or 18-month basis.

In addition to great financing options and low prices, Audicus helps customers save money through a hearing aid membership program called Audicus Premier, which is available with the Series 2 models. For a one-time setup fee of $249 plus a monthly fee of $99 for the Spirit 2 and $149 for the Omni 2, the membership program covers a new set of hearing aids every 18 months, accessories, and insurance to protect you in the event your devices are lost or damaged. You are under no contract obligation and can cancel at any time.

When you purchase a hearing aid from Audicus, you can upload your previous hearing test results or take a free online hearing screening from the comfort of your home. Then a team of audiologists will program each hearing aid to address your hearing loss needs.

Unlike some OTC brands, Audicus does offer in-person appointments in select locations. Use the online locator to find a clinic near you.

Audiologist’s Pick
Why We Chose

The Audéo Lumity, from prescription hearing aid manufacturer Phonak, comes with high-performance hearing technology, exceptional quality, rechargeable battery life, and Bluetooth connectivity, making it a popular choice for both customers and hearing care professionals. The audiologists our Reviews Team consulted all had positive feedback for Phonak. That’s why we named it our “Audiologist’s Pick.”

  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes
  • Adjustment: Local fitting included with purchase
  • Warranty and trial period: Dependent on retailer
  • Financing: Dependent on retailer
Additional Details

The Audéo Lumity, from prescription hearing aid manufacturer Phonak, comes with high-performance hearing technology, exceptional quality, rechargeable battery life, and Bluetooth connectivity, making it a popular choice for both customers and hearing care professionals. The audiologists our Reviews Team consulted all had positive feedback for Phonak. That’s why we named it our “Audiologist’s Pick.”

Using AutoSense technology, the Audéo Lumity automatically detects your sound environment and adjusts as needed. If you’re in an empty restaurant that suddenly gets busy and the noise around you increases, your hearing aids will sense the new noise level and make the necessary adjustments with little to no interruption to your hearing ability. You don’t have to press any buttons or pull out your phone.

The Phonak Audéo Lumity also allows you to stream anything from any Bluetooth device. You can even stream from two devices at the same time. You can also answer or decline calls with a simple tap of your hearing aid once you’ve connected them to your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. With hands-free calling, the microphones in the hearing aid double as a phone microphone, so your phone can be in another room and the person on the other end will still be able to hear you.

Phonak hearing aids have Roger wireless technology, which include a variety of microphones and receivers. The use of these wireless devices can improve speech understanding in difficult-to-hear environments, but be aware that Roger devices cost extra—more than $1,500 for the most advanced microphone.

The Phonak TV Connector allows you to stream television sound directly into your hearing aids without any intermediary device. This is a helpful solution for people who like to listen to the TV louder than their significant other or who watch TV in bed and do not want to disturb anyone else. You can set your own volume level through your hearing aids and leave the TV at its usual volume.

If your phone happens to ring, you can switch over to the phone call, or ignore it with a tap of the hearing aid and continue streaming the TV. The remote and table microphones can help you understand speech in noisy environments or when listening at a distance.

While the Audéo Lumity offers a variety of features and is suitable for mild to profound hearing loss, it is one of the most expensive hearing aids on this list at $2,600–$6,500 per pair. People with mild to moderate hearing loss who want a simple, easy-to-use device may prefer a more inexpensive over-the-counter option.

Read our Phonak review for more information.

Most Feature Options
Why We Chose

MDHearing offers behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids to fit almost any budget. That’s important for many customers. Respondents to our Reviews Team’s March 2022 survey of hearing aid users identified cost as the second most important factor when purchasing hearing aids, behind only “ease of set up and use.”

But the real benefit of MDHearing is the company’s versatile line of products. Its four models offer a wide range of features, which is why we gave this brand the title of “Most Feature Options.”

  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes (VOLT MAX)
  • Adjustment: Volume dial (all models) and remote phone app (VOLT MAX)
  • Warranty and trial period: MDHearing offers a one-year warranty on the Air, Neo, and Volt, a two-year warranty on the VOLT MAX, and a 45-day trial period on all models.
  • Financing: Yes
Additional Details

The company’s entry-level model, the AIR, is $299 per pair—one of the lowest prices on this list. It lacks the advanced features of more expensive MDHearing models, such as dual directional microphones (which help filter out unwanted noise) and Bluetooth capability. But it still comes with advanced noise reduction, rechargeable batteries, feedback cancellation, telecoil technology, and customizable options that make it a good budget-friendly pick.

The water-resistant NEO is also $299 per pair and has rechargeable batteries, which will give you roughly 18 hours of use on a three-hour charge. The Neo also features background noise reduction and feedback cancellation, and it offers simple controls for seamless sound adjustment, as well as a handy cleaning tool.

The VOLT is a step up in terms of features. In addition to rechargeable batteries, which give you roughly 20 hours on a two-hour charge, the Volt has advanced digital technology with dual directional microphones and intelligent noise reduction, which should provide improved speech comprehension, and ultimately, easier communication.

At $699, the VOLT MAX is the most advanced of the line. It may be the priciest, but it comes with the most additional features. To start, it’s the only Bluetooth-compatible model that works with the MDHearing smartphone app, which allows you the extra option to make volume and settings adjustments from your phone—in addition to the manual controls. Plus, the adaptive technology auto adjusts to noise detection. The only downsides are the VOLT MAX is a slightly larger model and the rechargeable battery only lasts 15 hours on a full charge.

All MDHearing models are registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are FDA-cleared, which shows “MDHearing offers the same or better quality of treatment as other FDA-cleared hearing aids.” This means the company has provided testing information to the FDA showing customers can customize the settings on their hearing aid without the help of a hearing care specialist.

If you ever have problems with your devices, MDHearing has licensed audiologists on staff who can answer any questions you have by phone or email. MDHearing doesn’t include hidden costs or equipment fees, so you can be sure the price you see is the true cost. You’ll also get a 45-day money-back guarantee.

Read more in our MDHearing review.

Most User-Friendly
Why We Chose

Lexie offers three self-fitting OTC hearing aids ⓘSelf-fitting hearing aids include software that allows the user to program their own devices. with a range of features. Lexie also earned the highest rating of any brand during our Reviews Team’s hands-on testing. Given its top score, advanced features, user-friendly app, and competitive price (it’s one of the least expensive hearing aids on this list), Lexie is our Reviews Team’s pick for Most User-Friendly.

  • Battery: Rechargeable and disposable options
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes (for adjustments only, no streaming)
  • Adjustment: App or buttons on hearing aid
  • Warranty and trial period: Lexie offers a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and 45-day risk-free trial period
  • Financing: No (subscription plan is available)
Additional Details

Lexie’s three models are all appropriate for mild to moderate hearing loss. This is one important difference between OTC and prescription hearing aids: OTC hearing aids can only treat mild to moderate hearing loss, but prescription hearing aids (sold at hearing care clinics) can treat every stage of hearing loss, from mild to profound.

All Lexie hearing aids come with noise reduction (to decrease background sounds) and feedback management (to cut down on the whistling that can be common with hearing aids).

The Lumen is a behind-the-ear (BTE) model priced at $799 per pair. It includes disposable batteries and six preset listening profiles. You can make volume or profile adjustments using buttons on the hearing aid or through the smartphone app. The Lumen also has a telecoil, which allows you to stream sounds directly to your hearing aids in any facility equipped with a hearing loop. Places of worship, theaters, and museums often have hearing loops.

BTE vs. RIC hearing aids

While the Lumen is a BTE hearing aid, in which all of the working parts (including the speaker, also known as a receiver) sit above and behind the ear, the B1 and B2 are both receiver-in-canal (RIC) models.

RIC hearing aids look similar to BTEs, but they’re made a little differently. RICs have the microphone and amplifier, which pick up sounds and make them louder, in a slim casing that sits behind the ear. A tiny wire runs from the casing into the ear canal, where the receiver sits to transmit the amplified sound into your ear.

The B1 has disposable batteries and costs $849 per pair, while the B2 costs $150 more and comes with rechargeable batteries that last up to 18 hours per charge. All three Lexie models are self-fitting hearing aids, which give you more control over the settings and sound quality. Let’s take a look at the details to help you decide if self-fitting hearing aids are a good choice for you.

What is a self-fitting hearing aid?

The FDA classifies hearing aids as medical devices and regulates them for safety and efficacy. Some manufacturers, such as Lexie and MDHearing, have submitted additional data showing that the settings on certain models can be customized at home by the user. These devices have received FDA clearance as self-fitting hearing aids.

The key difference between a self-fitting hearing aid and a non-self-fitting model is that you can customize the settings to your hearing profile on the former but not the latter. The Lexie B1 and B2, for example, allow you to use the Lexie app to adjust the volume, bass/treble balance, left/right sound balance, and amount of sound you receive from certain directions.

The Lexie Lumen only lets you change the volume and select from one of six listening settings, but it also adjusts to your hearing loss profile based on an in-app screening that you complete when setting up the hearing aids. In testing, we found the app quick and easy to use.

Many people enjoy the additional control that self-fitting hearing aids offer, especially those who have worn hearing aids before or have experience with music and sound equipment. A Lexie representative explained to our Reviews Team that those who are new to hearing aids or aren’t as comfortable with technology may be happier with a simpler device, such as the Lumen.

Lexie hearing aids are available for purchase both online and in stores where health care devices are sold. As with most other OTC hearing aid brands, Lexie offers only remote support.

Read our full Lexie review for more information.

Most Affordable
Why We Chose

At only $249 per pair, the Audien Atom Pro is quite a bit cheaper than every other hearing aid on the market, which is why we named it “Most Affordable.” Price is a critical consideration when purchasing hearing aids—respondents to our survey chose price as the second most important factor when choosing which hearing aid to buy. If your budget doesn’t allow you to spend thousands on a hearing device, Audien may be a great choice.

  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Bluetooth capabilities: No
  • Adjustment: Screw on hearing aid
  • Warranty and trial period: Audien offers a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, an unlimited warranty for customers enrolled in the protection plan, and a 45-day trial period.
  • Financing: No
Additional Details

The Atom Pro is Audien’s newest model and has a collection of features that helps it punch well above its weight class, including enhanced feedback cancellation and advanced sound processing. It is a small, in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 24 hours (after charging for four to six hours) and can be charged wirelessly in the hearing aid case. The Atom Pro also features Audien’s newest sound processing technology, which the company says cuts down on feedback and the whistling noise that can be common in hearing aids.

Along with the low price point, Audien also differentiates itself with an unlimited protection plan, which is a step above the standard one-year warranty. For $4 per month, you can enroll in the plan, which covers broken, lost, and damaged devices. This warranty will give you a replacement pair of Atom Pro hearing aids for $34.

With the Atom Pro’s competitive low price comes less functionality and fewer features. For starters, Audien doesn’t offer audiologist support or remote adjustments. That means you’ll be on your own for any attempts to adjust your devices or troubleshoot issues, although the company does offer a limited number of articles and videos to help resolve common problems on its support page. In addition, none of Audien’s devices can be customized for your particular hearing needs, and the company offers no smartphone app—both of which are standard features of the rest of the hearing aids on this list.

If you’re comfortable sacrificing function and features in exchange for getting one of the most affordable hearing aids on the market, the Audien Atom Pro may be a good choice. But if you’re a first-time hearing aid buyer or would prefer more support, we recommend choosing another hearing aid with options for remote adjustments or audiologist support.

Read our Audien review for more information.

Most Natural Sound
Why We Chose

The Signia Silk X is a completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid. The small size gives you both an invisible fit and a customized hearing experience. Like other devices on this list, the Signia Silk X does not require an in-person fitting with a hearing professional. It’s actually the only Signia hearing aid that sits completely in your ear canal that doesn’t require an in-person fitting. It uses soft silicone Click Sleeves—these are flexible silicon sleeves that attach to the end of your hearing aids to help position them in your ear canal and provide better acoustics. They come in different sizes based on the size of your ear canal and the type of your hearing loss. The Silk X has 48 channels and six customizable programs, giving you plenty of choices to find the right one for your needs.

  • Battery: Disposable
  • Bluetooth capabilities: No
  • Adjustment: Phone app, remote, or in-person
  • Warranty and trial period: Dependent on retailer
  • Financing: Dependent on retailer
Additional Details

Where it really shines is its sound processing. The Signia Silk X runs on the company’s Xperience technology, which uses acoustic-motion sensors to create a more natural sound experience while you move. The Xperience technology is why we called out the Signia Silk X for “Most Natural Sound.” These motion sensors, which are built into the Silk X, detect when the wearer is moving and adapt their sound processing accordingly. This provides a more natural sound than other hearing aids, since we hear differently when we’re moving versus when we’re stationary. Not all hearing aids can account for this difference.

Xperience technology also helps you filter out background noise and focus on the conversations in front of you (for example, in a busy restaurant) and hear a more natural version of your own voice while wearing your hearing aids, according to the company’s whitepaper.

The Silk X is ideal for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, but isn’t suitable for those with moderately severe to profound hearing loss.

Read more in our full Signia hearing aids review.

Best for Tinnitus
Why We Chose

Most hearing aids try to mask tinnitus symptoms by blending them with background noise. The Widex Moment uses a more sophisticated system, which is why we named it “Best Hearing Aid for Tinnitus.”

  • Battery: Rechargeable and battery-powered options
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes
  • Adjustment: Remote, phone app, or in-person
  • Warranty and trial period: Dependent on retailer
  • Financing: Dependent on retailer
Additional Details

Tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, comes in many forms. [1] National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Tinnitus. Found on the internet at While no cure has been found for tinnitus, there are solutions for helping to manage symptoms.

Widex Zen technology helps manage tinnitus with sound therapy. Widex Moment with Zen tones uses fractal musical tones (musical chimes that are played at random) to soothe the ringing in your ears. This is important because there is no pattern. The tones are always random, so your brain can’t adapt to them.

These relaxing chimes also help to alleviate stress and anxiety, which are known triggers of tinnitus. [2] Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health. Tinnitus: The Sound of Stress? Found on the internet at And they’re more pleasant to listen to than broadband (such as white noise) or narrowband (such as a hissing noise), which other hearing aids use to combat tinnitus.

If you have tinnitus, it’s important to see your hearing care professional to rule out underlying causes and to help you manage the chronic condition.

Best Rechargeable
Why We Chose

Most hearing aid manufacturers offer a rechargeable option, but the ReSound Omnia rechargeable hearing aid is one of the most feature-rich and longest lasting, offering up to 30 hours of continued use from three hours of charging. The case also stores and recharges your hearing aids on-the-go without needing to be plugged into an outlet. The long battery life and high customer satisfaction with ReSound rechargeable hearing aids is why we named them the “Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids.”

  • Battery: Rechargeable and disposable options
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes
  • Adjustment: Remote, phone app, or in-person
  • Warranty and trial period: Dependent on retailer
  • Financing: Dependent on retailer
Additional Details

Rechargeable hearing aids remove the hassle of having to exchange small (and often difficult to swap out) batteries. They also help you potentially save money in the long run since you don’t have to regularly purchase disposable batteries.

ReSound also stands out from other companies for its feature-heavy app. Most hearing aid companies offer apps to help you make minor adjustments to your devices’ settings. But ReSound offers an extra level of personalization with tinnitus management, location-based hearing (which lets you save hearing settings from your favorite locations so your hearing aids automatically switch to those settings when you return), and a “Find My Hearing Aids” feature. You can also use the app to book a ReSound Assist Live Assistance video call, which is a video appointment with a hearing professional for live assistance and remote fine-tuning. Similar to other hearing aid apps, you can also control volume, bass/treble, noise reduction, and microphone direction.

One thing to note is that the ReSound Omnia has one of the most expensive price tags on this list. Rechargeable hearing aids are generally more expensive than those with disposable batteries because rechargeable hearing aids require more advanced technology.

But some OTC hearing aid companies, such as Jabra EnhanceLexieEargo, and Audien, offer rechargeable hearing aids for people with mild to moderate hearing loss at a lower price than ReSound and other prescription brands. Just keep in mind that if your hearing loss is severe or profound, or you’re often in challenging listening environments, a prescription hearing aid like ReSound that offers the most advanced sound processing and in-person support can be worth the extra money.

Best with Fall Detection
Why We Chose

The Starkey Evolv AI has artificial intelligence (AI) that can detect a fall. You can add loved ones or caregivers as a contact in the Starkey app, and it will send them a notification if the hearing aids detect that you’ve fallen. This gets you the help you need and, at the same time, alerts those closest to you that you’ve fallen.

  • Battery: Rechargeable and disposable options
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes
  • Adjustment: Remote phone app
  • Warranty and trial period: Dependent on retailer
  • Financing: Dependent on retailer
Additional Details

More than one out of four people over the age of 65 fall each year, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [3] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Facts About Falls. Found on the internet at In 2012, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that patients with mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. [4] Johns Hopkins Medicine. Hearing Loss Linked to Three-Fold Risk of Falling. Found on the internet at

Best for Severe Hearing Loss
Why We Chose

If you have severe hearing loss, a powerful hearing aid that provides clear sound is critical. The Phonak Naída Paradise P-UP, one of Phonak’s top performers, is a Bluetooth-enabled behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid designed for severe to profound hearing loss. Its features are specifically designed for this level of hearing loss, making the Naída Paradise P-UP our pick for “Best Hearing Aid for Severe Hearing Loss.” The audiologists we consulted advise people to see a hearing specialist if profound or severe hearing loss is suspected.

  • Battery: Disposable
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes
  • Adjustment: Local fitting included with purchase
  • Warranty and trial period: Dependent on retailer
  • Financing: Dependent on retailer
Additional Details

The Naída Paradise P-UP is a high-tech hearing aid with a variety of customizable programs for different listening environments. You can choose from four levels within the P-UP model, each with its own cost and set of features. The following prices for each type were current as of March 2023:

  • Essential (P30): $2,400–$3,000 per pair
  • Standard (P50): $3,000–$3,600 per pair
  • Advanced (P70): $3,600–$4,400 per pair
  • Premium (P90): $4,400–$7,000 per pair

All four levels come with Phonak’s Autosense OS 4.0 operating system. This technology provides improved sound analysis and automatic adjustment to different situations, helping you hear clearly wherever you are. Autosense OS 4.0 makes the Naída a definite upgrade from previous Phonak hearing aids. The difference among the four levels is that with each step up in price, you get additional programs to choose from and more advanced sound processing.

The Naída Paradise P90 is the most expensive option, but it comes with three unique features. First, Speech Enhancer lowers the level of listening effort needed to hear soft speech in quiet environments (such as libraries). Dynamic Noise Cancellation allows users to set their own level of noise cancellation in loud environments. And finally, EchoBlock reduces distracting sounds in facilities that tend to echo, such as large auditoriums.

All four Naída Paradise P-UP hearing aids include the following features: wax guards, excellent sound quality streaming from the TV, and the myPhonak app, which allows you to control the hearing aids with your phone. This includes changing the volume, switching programs, and adjusting the sensitivity of the microphones. The Naída Paradise P-UP connects wirelessly to most devices, including several smartphone models. Many customer reviews speak highly of this hearing aid’s features and talk about how easy it is to use.

Bluetooth connectivity allows for direct streaming and hands-free calls from your smartphone, making it easy to speak with friends and family. You can also stream music and video clips directly to your hearing aid. Moving between devices, such as your smartphone and a tablet, can be a bit tedious, but if you’re only using your phone, this shouldn’t be a problem. You can also check your phone’s compatibility with Phonak.

Like many Phonak hearing aids, the Naída Paradise P-UP connects to Roger technology, which includes remote microphones, table microphones, and TV streamers. Roger technology picks up the speaker’s voice through a Roger device and wirelessly transmits it to the listener while reducing background noise. But Roger comes with an extra cost—more than $1,500 for the most advanced microphone.

Because it is worn behind the ear, this model is sturdy, comfortable, and easy to clean and maintain. One thing to note is that the Naída Paradise P-UP only comes with a disposable 675 zinc-air battery, which needs to be changed about once a week.

The Naída Paradise P-UP is one of the most expensive models on this list. If budget is an issue, you may want to consider less expensive options. But be aware that not all hearing aids are suitable for severe hearing loss.

Most Advanced Smart Features
Why We Chose

The Oticon Own hearing aid is designed to address mild to severe hearing loss, and it features the most advanced technology Oticon has to offer. In addition to feedback suppression, the device comes with a Deep Neural Network (DNN), which is a type of machine learning that learns tasks in the same way our brains do—through trial and error. Oticon trained the More hearing aid using 12 million sounds until it could instantly recognize each sound and organize groups of sounds in different environments. This unique technology is why we consider the Oticon Own the hearing aid with the “Most Advanced Smart Features.”

  • Battery: Rechargeable or disposable
  • Bluetooth capabilities: Yes
  • Adjustment: Local fitting included with purchase
  • Warranty and trial period: Dependent on retailer
  • Financing: Dependent on retailer
Additional Details

According to the company’s internal research, using a hearing aid with DNN technology allows users to understand 15% more speech and receive 30% more sound in the brain compared to previous models. The Oticon Own processes sound through two different pathways, one with four channels and the other with 24 channels, to provide greater contrast between sounds. Plus, Oticon hearing aids are known for their quality and durability (Oticon has been making hearing aids since 1904, according to the company’s website).

The Oticon Own has Bluetooth streaming capabilities so you can listen to music or take phone calls through your hearing aid. It also features IFTTT (If This Then That) compatibility, which is an internet-based service that allows you to use your hearing aids with other wireless products like lighting systems, home appliances, home alarms, and more. While the Oticon Own can wirelessly connect to any Apple device, Android device users will need the ConnectClip accessory, a wireless transmitter, to make hands-free calls or stream music to the hearing aid from your smartphone.

With the Oticon ON App, you can control your hearing aids from your smartphone, check the battery level, switch programs, and access user instructions. The Oticon app also features HearingFitness, which allows you to set listening goals (such as how many hours you want to wear your devices aids per day) and get tips on how to hear better. Think of HearingFitness like a fitness tracker for your ears—it gives you encouragement and advice on ways to use your hearing aids more, hear better, and improve your overall hearing health.

The Oticon Own comes in four styles, all of which can treat mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss:

  • In-the-ear (ITE)
  • In-the-canal (ITC)
  • Completely-in-canal (CIC)
  • Invisible-in-canal (IIC)

Brands that didn't make our best hearing aids list

Our Reviews Team vetted the top hearing aids through careful research and testing, but there are many other brands on the market. While Go Hearing, Otofonix, Rexton, and Unitron are close contenders for our best hearing aids designation, here’s why these brands and others didn’t make our current list.

Go Hearing

Go Hearing Go Prime hearing aids on display

For $199–$499 per pair, Go Hearing OTC hearing aids are a close runner-up to our list because of the brand’s competitive prices and battery life. The brand’s Go Prime discreet ITE model has a long rechargeable battery life of 30 hours and a wireless case that can fully charge your hearing aids up to six times for when you’re on the go, earning a place on our best rechargeable hearing aids roundup.


Otofonix GROOVE hearing aids on display next to a picture of the corresponding smartphone app

Otofonix OTC hearing aids range between $248–$795 per pair. Otofonix hearing aids with features like Bluetooth connectivity for wireless adjustments and rechargeability tend to be priced higher, with costs varying between models.

While Otofonix is relatively low-cost compared to other hearing aid brands on our list, it only offers one BTE style across all six models. Brands like MDHearing offer more versatility at a similar price range of $299–$699 per pair.


Rexton BiCore SR hearing aids on display

You can find Rexton prescription hearing aids at Costco starting at $1,599.99 per pair, or you can purchase them through your audiologist. Offering all hearing aid styles and 14 different models, the brand offers a wide selection of rechargeable devices that treat mild to profound hearing loss.

Most Rexton hearing aids offer advanced technology that adapts to your environment to enhance sound and clarify speech, but brands like Oticon and Starkey are one step ahead. These brands implement more advanced, award-winning learning software that has an edge over Rexton technology, which earned those brands spots on our roundup.


Unitron Moxi hearing aid on display

Unitron prescription hearing aids are manufactured by Sonova, the same manufacturer who produces the well-known Phonak and Audicus hearing aids included in our top picks. This brand offers RIC, BTE, and ITE styles with Bluetooth and rechargeable options that cost anywhere from $2,000–$6,000, depending on the model.

Although Unitron and Phonak devices closely resemble each other, Phonak has a wider range of accessories and more advanced noise canceling technology to enhance your hearing experience.

Horizon Horizon Go AX hearing aids on display offers its own line of hearing aids, called Horizon hearing aids, which start at $499 per pair for OTC options and cost from $3,000–$7,000 per pair for prescription options. The larger BTE Horizon Go AX hearing aids have Bluetooth streaming and rechargeable batteries, while the smaller OTC ITE Horizon Mini hearing aids do not have Bluetooth capabilities and rely on disposable batteries.

Our Reviews Team appreciates that Horizon offers both OTC and prescription models, with features that include background noise reduction and speech clarity. But MDHearing OTC models offer similar technology for $299 per pair, and some prescription models like Oticon use more advanced learning technology to enhance your hearing experience at about the same price range of $3,000–$7,500 per pair.


Nano hearing aids on display

Nano rechargeable OTC hearing aids cost $297–$597 per pair and come in BTE and CIC styles. The Sigma+ model ($597) is the only one that offers Bluetooth connectivity to an app for wireless adjustments.

This brand’s price range is lower than most, but buyer beware: Nano was involved in a lawsuit over false advertising, “implying its products are approved by the FDA when they are not,” among other misleading business practices, like unlawfully marketing its products for children. Read more in Vermont’s Attorney General press release, recently published in January 2023.

Read our Nano Hearing Aids Review for more information.

What is a hearing aid?

A hearing aid is an electronic device designed to improve your hearing in both noisy and quiet environments. Hearing aids work by magnifying sound frequencies entering the ear.

Hearing aids have one or two microphones to pick up sound, an amplifier to make the sound louder, and a receiver to transmit the amplified sound to the middle ear. Beyond the basic operating parts, companies offer hearing aid devices with different designs, features, and technology.

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids are worn in or behind your ear. They’re designed to make certain sound frequencies louder to improve your hearing and speech comprehension. A microphone inside the hearing aid first picks up sounds, which are then analyzed and converted to electrical signals. These signals are then sent to the amplifier.

The now amplified sounds are sent to the speaker or receiver, which are transmitted to the inner ear by a tube or thin wire. Once in the inner ear, the sounds are transformed into electrical impulses, which your brain turns into sound.

Digital vs. Analog Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are available in analog or digital. Although digital is the most common type of device, a few companies still carry analog hearing aids. The difference between analog and digital devices comes down to the type of electronics used. Both devices convert sound waves, but the process used sets each type apart. [5] U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Types of Hearing Aids. Found on the internet at

With an analog hearing aid, you will experience amplification with all sounds, including noise and speech. In other words, they make continuous sound waves louder. Analog hearing aids require the user to change settings when in different environments, but some people feel that analog devices provide a more natural hearing experience.

Digital hearing aids convert sound waves to digital signals, providing the clearest hearing possible. These devices are capable of clearing out background noise, reducing feedback, and helping you focus on the sounds and voices you want to hear. Digital hearing aids also offer more complex programming, which allows you to process sounds more selectively.

Types of hearing aids

The five main types of hearing aids have their own pros and cons.

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid
Also called a mini CIC, this hearing aid is the smallest and least visible device for treating hearing loss. It is positioned completely within the ear canal, and a tiny string allows you to remove the device.

In addition to an invisible fit, CIC devices offer the advantage of less feedback when using a telephone and less disruptive noise from wind.

Due to their small size, CIC hearing aids may not have some of the features you’d get with other larger devices, such as Bluetooth streaming and rechargeable batteries. Some CIC hearing aids are also too small for a directional microphone. Battery life may also be shorter due to the small size of the device, and ear wax and moisture can affect their function.

Of the brands and models covered in this review, the following companies offer CIC hearing aids:

  • Eargo
  • Audicus
  • MDHearing
  • Signia
  • Widex
  • Starkey
  • Oticon

One subtype of CIC hearing aid is the invisible-in-canal (IIC) style. The Phonak Lyric and Oticon Own both come in this style. Sitting deep in the ear canal, IIC hearing aids are truly invisible when properly inserted.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid
This hearing aid sits deep in the ear canal, but it’s a bit larger and more visible than a CIC device. ITC hearing aids allow for longer battery life than many CIC devices, as well as directional microphones. But they are still susceptible to issues with earwax and moisture, and may be difficult for some people to handle due to their relatively small size.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid

Traditional behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid
This device sits behind your ear and includes a plastic tube that hooks over your ear to reach the ear canal. At the end of the tube is a dome or custom-fit ear mold that sits snugly within the canal.

These devices tend to be larger than in-the-ear or in-the-canal hearing aids, but they offer more capabilities, such as directional microphones and a telecoil, which can help you hear better on the telephone and with assisted listening devices. They’re also easier to handle and can be a better choice for people with severe or profound hearing loss.

Of the brands and models covered in this review, the following companies offer BTE hearing aids:

  • Lexie
  • MDHearing
  • Phonak
  • Widex
  • Starkey

Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid

Mini behind-the-ear (mBTE) hearing aid
Also referred to as receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) or mini behind-the-ear (mBTE), RIC devices sit behind the ear like traditional types, but are smaller and less visible, especially when you choose one that matches your hair color. They have a tiny wire encased in silicone tubing that hooks over the ear and connects to a small receiver that fits inside the ear canal.

For many users, these devices strike the perfect balance between looks and functionality.

Of the brands and models covered in this review, the following companies offer RIC hearing aids:

  • Jabra Enhance
  • Lexie
  • Audicus
  • MDHearing
  • Phonak
  • Widex
  • ReSound
  • Starkey

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid

Traditional in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid
This type of hearing aid sits completely within the ear, but is larger than the CIC style. ITE hearing aids are generally large enough to offer advanced features such as Bluetooth, directional microphones, and a telecoil, but the smaller size may limit their power compared to BTE models. ITE hearing aids are typically easier to handle and insert than their smaller counterparts, but they may also be more visible.

Of the brands and models covered in this review, the following companies offer ITE hearing aids:

  • Audien
  • Widex
  • Starkey
  • Oticon

Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids

In August 2022, the FDA established a new hearing aids category for OTC hearing aids. Consumers can now purchase certain hearing aids directly from pharmacies, stores, and online retailers—with no doctor visit or prescription required.

Based on the FDA’s final rule, [6] Federal Register. Medical Devices; Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices; Establishing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids. Found on the internet at OTC hearing aids:

  • Are “intended to address perceived mild to moderate hearing loss in adults age 18 or older” [7] OTC Hearing Aids: What You Should Know. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. May 3, 2023. Found on the internet at
  • Can be purchased online or in stores without a hearing exam, prescription, or professional fitting

Pros and cons of OTC hearing aids

If you’re not sure whether OTC hearing aids are right for you, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. This can help you make the most informed decision when it comes to treating your hearing loss.

  • Can be purchased directly in stores and online
  • No hearing exam required
  • Can be set up and adjusted by you
  • Can self-fit with various tips and domes provided
  • More affordable compared to most prescription options
  • Not as advanced as prescription models
  • More limited access to hearing health professionals
  • Offers remote adjustments (no in-person customer care)

Pros and cons of prescription hearing aids

  • Offers better all-around customer care access in-person, online, and via company apps
  • Better ongoing maintenance and adjustment offerings
  • More customization options to fit your ear and hearing needs
  • More technologically advanced hearing loss features
  • Mandatory in-person hearing exams and fittings by a hearing professional
  • More expensive than OTC hearing aids
  • Must purchase through a hearing clinic—not online or in stores

Increased access to hearing aids

The FDA’s final ruling on OTC hearing aids is meant to increase access to hearing aids by removing some of the barriers that often keep people from seeking treatment for hearing loss. [6] Federal Register. Medical Devices; Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices; Establishing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids. Found on the internet at The high price of hearing aids, the perceived stigma of wearing them, and the concern that they aren’t effective are all common reasons that people with hearing loss wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment. [9] Smith D, et al. Acceptability, benefits and costs of early screening for hearing disability: a study of potential screening tests and models. Found on the internet at

By establishing a regulatory category for OTC hearing aids, the FDA has opened the way for more retailers to enter the hearing aid market. This should drive the price of hearing aids down, making them affordable for more people and shortening the wait time before people decide to treat their hearing loss.

Hadassah Kupfer, an audiologist in Brooklyn, New York, believes we should be celebrating the new FDA ruling as a success that will expand hearing aid access. “As an audiologist, I know that adjusting and fitting hearing aids for specific use takes considerable time and understanding. OTC will not be for every type of hearing loss, but if it opens a door for those previously unwilling to seek professional help, I would consider that a success,” said Kupfer.

Where to buy over-the-counter hearing aids

OTC hearing aids are available online from manufacturers such as Eargo, Lexie, Jabra Enhance, Audicus, and MDHearing.

They are also available at pharmacies, electronics stores, and other retailers that carry health care devices.

Some of the stores that currently carry OTC hearing aids include:

OTC hearing aids on display at Best Buy

OTC hearing aids on display at Best Buy

For information on OTC devices sold at Best Buy, read our Best Buy hearing aid review.

What to consider before buying a hearing aid

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports that 37.5 million American adults have some level of hearing loss. [10] National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Quick Statistics About Hearing. Found on the internet at While hearing loss can occur at any time in life, the problem becomes more common with age.

The NIDCD estimates almost one in four adults between the ages of 65 and 74 and half of people older than 75 have disabling hearing loss. It may therefore come as a surprise that only one in three adults who could benefit from hearing aids has ever used them. [10] National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Quick Statistics About Hearing. Found on the internet at As mentioned above, people with hearing loss tend to wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. [11] Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Hidden Risks of Hearing Loss. Found on the internet at

People with hearing loss may not seek help for a variety of reasons, including:

  • The cost of hearing aids and hearing care
  • The fact that some insurance companies and Medicare plans do not cover hearing aids
  • Distance from hearing care providers
  • The stigma associated with wearing a hearing aid [12] The Gerontologist. The Stigma of Hearing Loss. Found on the internet at

We asked Michelle Brady, an audiologist with Access Audiology, a mobile audiology service in the New York City area, what she’d like people to know about the purchasing process. According to Brady, the most important thing to consider when shopping for a hearing aid is time.

“Research has shown that the longer hearing loss goes untreated, the [more the] brain’s ability to understand and decode speech decreases,” Brady said. “Just like muscles in the body—if you don’t use it, you lose it. Unfortunately, hearing aids cannot override the damage that occurs from years of decreased auditory stimulation. The earlier a patient gets hearing aids and wears them consistently, the better their brain will be able to process and decode speech.”

Hearing loss can impact all aspects of life, including making it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice and hear doorbells and alarms. Hearing loss also makes it harder to participate in conversations with friends and family and enjoy entertainment like movies and concerts. This can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.

Hearing loss has also been associated with higher rates of falls, depression, and social isolation among older adults. Getting your hearing checked and corrected can play an important role in improving your quality of life.

Common types of hearing loss

Read on for information on the most common types of hearing loss.

  • High frequency: Trouble hearing sounds in the 2,000–8,000 hertz (Hz) range, which are many of the sounds involved in speech; most people with age-related hearing loss have problems hearing high frequencies
  • Low frequency: Difficulty hearing sound frequencies of 2,000 Hz or lower
  • Sensorineural: The most common type of age-related hearing loss; caused by damage to the auditory nerve or hair cells in the inner ear
  • Conductive: Caused by a problem with sound traveling through the outer or middle ear
  • Mixed: A combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss

Degrees of hearing loss

The CDC outlines four levels, or degrees, of hearing loss based on how loud sounds must be for you to hear and understand them.

  • Mild: Able to hear some speech, but softer sounds are difficult to hear
  • Moderate: Unable to hear most speech at a normal level
  • Severe: Unable to hear speech at all, can only hear some loud sounds
  • Profound: Only able to hear extremely loud sounds

Adjusting to hearing aids

It takes time to get used to wearing a new hearing aid. When you adjust to the device, you will notice gradually improved listening skills as you become better acquainted with the amplification technology.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the goal of wearing a hearing aid is to improve your hearing by amplifying sounds, but these devices will never fully restore your hearing quality. [13] Hearing aids: How to choose the right one. Mayo Clinic. Sept. 20, 2022. Found on the internet at Using your hearing aid in different environments, like while watching TV or going out to dinner at a crowded restaurant, will help you adjust. Practice frequently, as the more you use them, the more comfortable you will be with amplification and the feel of the hearing aids in your ears. Be open with family and friends, so they can offer support. Additionally, if you have an audiologist make sure to keep in touch since they can make any necessary adjustments to your hearing aids to help you hear better and more comfortably.

Buying a hearing aid online

The ability to buy online hearing aids eliminates some of the barriers that can prevent people from seeking care for their hearing loss. Our Reviews Team went through the purchasing process of Jabra Enhance to give you an idea of what to expect when buying online.

Animated gif walk-through process for purchasing Jabra Enhance hearing aids online

Our Reviews Team walks through the Jabra Enhance hearing aid purchasing process

To buy a pair of Jabra Enhance hearing aids, you will navigate to the hearing aid tab at the top of the website, scroll down to which device you want to purchase, and click “explore.” Then you will choose the color you want and select “finish now.” You will add the hearing aids to your cart and select the box that confirms you are 18 years or older (these OTC devices are designed for adults). Click “checkout” and then it will direct you to create an account. Jabra Enhance will ask your first and last name, phone number, email address, and password.

The last two steps are to fill out your shipping information (first and last name and address) and billing information. You can pay for Jabra Enhance hearing aids by Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Paypal, or financing through Bread.

Overall the purchasing process is simple for many OTC hearing aids (the process is very similar to Jabra Enhance), but it’s important to know that buying online isn’t for everyone.

In some cases, hearing loss may be caused by a medical problem such as diabetes, osteoporosis, or meningitis, and that can only be detected in a consultation with a medical doctor and an audiologist. Buying hearing aids without that intervention may let an underlying medical problem persist.

It’s also important to keep in mind that getting the right hearing aid for your needs depends on your specific type and severity of hearing loss. Hearing aids bought through a hearing clinic are programmed individually for each person according to the results of their audiogram (hearing test).

In-person vs. online hearing screenings

In-person hearing tests are much more detailed than online hearing screenings, because they include a physical exam of the ear and several tests to measure your ability to hear and understand various frequencies of speech and sound. Some OTC hearing aid companies, such as Jabra Enhance and Audicus, have an audiology team to interpret audiograms and program hearing aids, but others don’t.

A Reviews Team member gets an in-person hearing exam and receives an audiogram based on her results

A Reviews Team member gets an in-person hearing exam

Reviews team member's audiogram results

An audiogram based on our Reviews Team member’s in-person hearing exam

Keep in mind that some of the less expensive devices don’t have the detailed programming options necessary for many types of hearing loss. These include certain OTC hearing aids (including Audien) as well as personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), which are not true hearing aids. PSAPs make all sounds louder, but they aren’t able to target the specific frequencies where hearing loss has occurred or filter out background noise.

If you aren’t sure what type of hearing aid you need, speak with an audiologist or hearing aid specialist who can provide guidance.

Our reviews team interviewed Jacquelyn C. J. Lovitt, a practicing doctor of audiology, to help explain the costs associated with different types of hearing aids.

How to find hearing aids

A few years ago, there was only one way to get treatment for hearing loss: Make a trip to a hearing care clinic to be tested and fitted for hearing aids. This was a challenge for many people who didn’t have easy access to these locations. But thanks to recent changes in the hearing aids industry, there are now multiple ways to purchase high-quality hearing aids.

Visit a hearing clinic

For prescription hearing aids, you will need to visit a hearing care clinic for an in-person consultation and hearing exam by an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. Audiologists are hearing professionals with at least a master’s degree in the field of audiology who diagnose hearing loss and fit hearing aids. Hearing instrument specialists are hearing professionals with a high school diploma or two-year degree and are only licensed to help fit or program hearing aids.

Purchase prescription hearing aids through a discount network

Another option is to purchase prescription hearing aids from a discount network such as Yes Hearing for up to 40% less than retail price. When you purchase through this network, you’ll be connected with an audiologist in your area for further care. If you are a veteran, check with your local Veteran Affairs (VA) medical center about meeting with an audiologist, getting a hearing test, and determining which hearing aid is right for you.

Larger retail stores, such as Costco, also sell hearing aids. Almost 15% of the hearing aid users we surveyed used Kirkland hearing aids from Costco. The next most-popular brand in our survey was Eargo, with 8%.

Buy OTC hearing aids in stores

As mentioned above, many stores that carry health devices also sell OTC hearing aids. Check the list below to see if any of the following retail stores are in your area:

  • Best Buy
  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Victra Verizon

Buy OTC hearing aids online

You can also purchase hearing aids online from companies that offer quality OTC hearing devices at lower prices. Some OTC hearing aid manufacturers provide virtual consultations with an audiologist for personalized recommendations and adjustments along with your purchase.

How to find affordable hearing aids

Hearing aids are an investment. Even reputable companies that manufacture inexpensive hearing aids charge around $300 per pair.

MDHearing, for example, sells budget-friendly digital hearing aids that start at $299 per pair. Audien offers low-cost devices starting at $99 per pair, but they’re very basic compared to other hearing aids on the market.

Before buying a lower-cost model, make sure to check the fine print. Some retailers and online distributors advertise cheap hearing aids, but are actually selling PSAPs, which amplify sound but do not provide the same level of support or technology as a hearing aid.

Hearing aids are typically sold through hearing care clinics or larger retailers like Walmart or Costco. But you can also find inexpensive OTC hearing aids online through companies like MDHearing, Jabra Enhance, Lexie, and Eargo.

If you need a prescription hearing aid that’s only offered through a hearing care clinic, consider purchasing through an authorized discount supplier, such as Yes Hearing, which sells high-quality hearing aids like Phonak and Signia at a reduced cost. You still work with a local audiologist to get fitted and set up with your device, but the company facilitates the purchasing process with the hearing provider. This option could save you hundreds of dollars.

Read our review of the best affordable hearing aids for more in-depth guidance.

Does Medicare or insurance cover hearing aids?

Medicare Parts A and B don’t include coverage for hearing aids, although many Medicare Advantage Plans (known as Part C) and private insurance plans do provide hearing benefits. Contact your health care provider for more information.

NCOA continues to advocate for Medicare coverage of hearing aids by working with Medicare beneficiary groups and supporting H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act, which would initiate Medicare coverage for hearing aids.

In January 2023, U.S. representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) also reintroduced H.R. 244, the Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act, to Congress. Our Reviews Team spoke with Rep. Dingell’s office and learned that if the bill passes, it would remove a Social Security restriction on hearing aid coverage.

U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) headshot

U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

“Hearing aids aren’t a luxury, they are critical for millions of people to maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle. Without them, many seniors cannot interact with family, friends, neighbors, and their communities, and as a result, can become isolated,” said Dingell.

“By expanding coverage for hearing aids under Medicare, more seniors will be able to live with dignity and independence. I’m proud to re-introduce this legislation, and remain committed to getting this signed into law to expand access to care for so many who need it,” Dingell said. “It’s simple: No one should feel isolated, confused, or shut out from the world because they can’t afford hearing aids.”

What type of hearing aid is best for me?

Hearing aids come in a variety of styles. To find the best option for you, you’ll need to consider features, style, and your degree of hearing loss. In general, hearing aids come in the following styles:

  • Completely-in-canal (CIC)
  • In-the-canal (ITC)
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE)
  • Receiver-in-canal (RIC)
  • In-the-ear (ITE)

In-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-canal (CIC) aids are very small, so they may be more difficult to remove and adjust than a style like BTE or RIC that sits behind the ear. Some ITC and CIC hearing aids are also too small to accommodate Bluetooth technology or rechargeable batteries.

BTE and RIC hearing aids, while larger than ITE or CIC styles, are actually not very visible because they are slim and often come in a variety of colors to match each person’s hair color. The tiny tubing or wire that runs into the ear canal is barely noticeable when the hearing aid is fitted correctly. BTE and RIC styles are also easier to handle and more appropriate for profound hearing loss. Since hearing aids are a substantial expense, it’s important to research the different companies and styles to ensure you’re getting the right one for your hearing loss.

Reading a variety of hearing aid reviews can help you better understand the different styles and how people choose the best hearing aids for their comfort level and needs.

We suggest watching the video below for more information about the main types of hearing aids.

Which is better: In-the-ear or behind-the-ear hearing aids?

Hearing aids come in several styles, including behind-the-ear and in-the-ear. Finding the best device for you depends on several factors.

A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid sits behind your ear with a plastic earmold that fits into the outer ear. The case that sits behind your ear holds all the electronic parts necessary to make it work. BTE devices are bigger, so they are typically easier to use and handle, making them a good choice for kids and seniors.

They’re also able to hold a larger battery, which provides a longer battery life. Plus, the bigger size makes them more durable and able to provide more features. BTE hearing aids serve a range of ages and hearing loss. They are appropriate for all ages and work well for anyone with mild to profound hearing loss.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fit inside the ear, either partially or completely, and work well for mild to severe hearing loss. Some ITE devices come with a telecoil, which is a small magnetic coil enabling you to hear sound through the circuit rather than the hearing aid’s microphone.

Telecoils can improve the quality of phone conversations and help you hear in facilities equipped with hearing loops, like auditoriums and places of worship. ITE hearing aids are smaller than BTE or RIC devices, but they are still bigger than nearly invisible options like a completely-in-the-canal (CIC) or invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aid.

Hearing aids beside coins

Size comparison of different styles of hearing aids

Hearing aid features to consider

As hearing aid technology changes, more features become available. The following are a few of the most popular additional features that can make your hearing aids more helpful and enjoyable to use.

Bluetooth capabilitiesWhen your smartphone is paired with your hearing aids using wireless Bluetooth technology, you can stream calls and audio from your phone or other device to your hearing aids. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows the exchange of information or data, in this case sound, between different devices. Smartphones have Bluetooth capability. Hearing devices with this feature can also connect to smartphone apps, allowing you to use your phone to adjust your hearing aid sound settings.
Directional microphonesDirectional microphones help you understand conversations in noisy environments by making the sound in front of you louder than the sound coming from the rear or sides. Directional microphones work best when you are close to the sound source.
Feedback suppressionFeedback suppression in hearing aids helps to reduce high-pitched whistling sounds. It’s useful for minimizing feedback if you’re close to the telephone or if the hearing aid becomes slightly dislodged from your ear when you move your jaw. It can also allow for better sound quality for listeners who have good hearing in the lowest frequencies.
Digital noise reductionDigital noise reduction improves listening performance in noisy environments by blocking out some background noise, making it easier to hear and understand speech. A majority of respondents to our survey said that digital noise reduction was the most important feature they wanted in a hearing aid.
Tinnitus maskingHearing aids with a tinnitus masking feature minimize the ringing or buzzing sounds common in tinnitus by playing a variety of tones to help distract the brain.
Rechargeable batteriesRechargeable hearing aid batteries allow you to recharge your devices instead of regularly buying new batteries and replacing them. The batteries don’t need to be removed from the hearing aids in order to charge them—you can place both hearing aids in a charging dock at night so they’re charged and ready to go in the morning.
TelecoilA telecoil improves the ability to hear on telephones equipped with assistive listening technology and in facilities fitted with hearing loops. Most types of hearing aids have the telecoil option available. But due to their small size, CIC and IIC devices do not come with a telecoil.

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