The best hearing aids 2013-2014

So you are looking for a good quality hearing aid? Here are the best to date in the world.

Who am I to judge? My name is Richard Andrew I have dispensed Independent private hearing aids for well over 20 years. In that time I have gained experience in retrieving feedback from the actual user of the hearing aid, not the manufacturers advertising hype. I am honest and straight forward in my appraisal in the hope of helping the user select the right outlet to purchase, the right price bracket to buy and the key points to look for when purchasing an hearing instrument. This update will obviously need adjusting throughout 2014 but this is how in my opinion it stands today. Please feel free to email me for any questions or queries I do get a lot of emails so please be patient I try to respond within 48 hours.

There are some key factors when purchasing an hearing aid.

Price – Performance – Features – After service – Cosmetics

These can all be seen in my Key factors when choosing a hearing aid

I have chosen to split the ratings into price brackets,High end, Mid range and Budget.We will start with high end or top of the range

High End

Although obviously the best and  with the most inclusive features  they are not always the best for every individual. Prices range from £1600 to £2500 dependent on the supplier even though I have seen prices nearly 3 times this the above prices are what you should be looking to achieve per instrument.

Phonak Virto Q 90, Audeo Q 90,Naida Q 90 and Bolero Q 90 ( Still my number one for second year )

Capturing voices wherever you go, whatever you do. 
This is quite clearly and deservedly the best of the best. It has a super clear sound, fantastic noise reduction and feedback stopper. The features are to many to post but every user rater this 5 out of 5. Click here for features. In fact the feedback on this instrument is nothing short of wonderful

 

Siemens Mi 7

Siemens have come a long way this year from not being in my top five to second place, They offer a good selection of features from many of the other manufacturers and have improved there feed back canceller Click to download brochure. Also they have an excellent selection of accessories that may suit ones needs more than the Phonak.

Starkey Wi11

This American hearing instrument has a good natural sound an excellent feedback stopper and deserves its 3rd place spot. Click here for Features

 

Unitron Quantum two 20 and Moxi two 20

This Canadian company utilizes the same microchip as the Phonak  and although excellent still falls short of its rivals ability. As a company Unitron are well respected and offer excellent back up services. Click here for features

Widex Clear 440

The Danish company is used to ruling the roost at the top of the tree with past hearing aids including the famous Widex Senso one of the best on the market for at least 8 years. Good sound, but just falls short on its peers. Clear here for features

 

 

Mid Range

Prices range from £1295 to £1800 again depending on your local supplier. This is a difficult sector. Do you pay more for all the features or less and not notice the features you have lost. If having the best is not the issue and value for money is I would suggest going to the low end range and upgrading if it does not fulfill your hearing needs.

Phonak Bolero 70 and Virto 70

Loses a few features on its big brother the 90 series and to be honest I would pay the difference.

 Siemans Mi 5

Widex Mind 330

This is a difficult sector the aid is good but I still would pay more for the top of the range or less for slightly less features

Starkey Wii

Low end

This is my favourite section its were you get the most for your money. There are some fabulous hearing aids in this section that are nearly half the price of the high end but nearly 80% as good. Prices range from £800 to £1295

Widex Mind 220

If your after a sub £900 hearing aid this is it. It can be made very small and discrete is fully automatic and is a very good price for the features it holds

Starkey E Series

Another great featured hearing aid for the price. Can be found around the £800 price bracket. Excellent feedback stopper to.

Unitron Quantum 6

Similar features to the Cassia but comes at a lesser price at around £1100

Phonak Virto Q 50, Audeo Q 50,Naida Q 50 and Bolero Q 50

At the top end for price within this category but has bundles of features and great sound.

 

Budget

Prices for budget aids should not exceed £700 and most should be nearly half that. A good choice of instruments in this section and if you require an in the ear hearing aid but are happy with the ( very good ) NHS behind the ear hearing aids then this is a good choice.

Starkey Ignite 20

Quite frankly an excellent budget hearing aid with a good feed back stopper. I was going to put a selection from differing manufacturers but to be quite frank this is the best of the best budget hearing aid. And can be purchased from £395 it really is a no brainer in this section.

If you have worked in noise please read my post on compensation. Hearing instruments are expensive and if you have had your hearing damaged through work you are entitled to compensation to help with the costs. Click here

 

 

Please check out my post on what to look for when buying a hearing aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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71 comments on “The best hearing aids 2013-2014
  1. Chris says:

    Today is April 6th 2013 and I like to know if the top of the range high-end is still:
    Phonak Virto 90 and Bolero 90
    Has anything else reached the top?
    Yesterday, I had a leaflet on Bliss digital hearing aid from SONIC. Will that fit in anywhere in your article if you wrote the article today? Urgent reply requested please since I want to get one soon.
    Many thanks. I am very keen to get the best!

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your email. Yes I would say the best hearing aid on the market in my opinion is still the Virto 90 or Bolero 90.

  2. Joe Neethling says:

    I received a setof Phonak Virto 70 H/A’s recently. I find that the sound in the left unit “hunts” It fades for about 5 seconds after about 15 – 30 seconds and then returns tothe previous setting. Any advice? Thanks

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your enquiry.
      This just sounds like a programming issue, contact your hearing aid dispenser and I am sure he can resolve the problem easily.

      Many thanks
      Richard

  3. Ray says:

    I would like to know if the latest starkey 3 series. Suitable for profound hearing loss as the website introduction is can but my hearing audilogy told me can’t…….thx.

    • admin says:

      As you say it does suggest the Starkey 3 Series will fit a profound hearing loss. However I would agree with your hearing aid specialist that it might be lacking the power especially if you are not on the border line forbeing profoundly deaf.

      I hope this helps

      Richard

  4. Junaid Aasim says:

    Dear All,
    My Son has profound hearing loss on left side and severe hearing loss in the right, could anyone advise honestly, which hearings aids will best suit to kid.
    Yr valuable words will be arreciated.
    Thanks

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your enquiry. As you can appreciate with out all the audiogram and history this is difficult to answer. However I would ask for a trial on the Phonak Naida Q 90 it is the best high power hearing instrument on the market in my opinion. The trial should be with out charge or obligation, and a target price would be £3,200 to £4,000.

      I do hope this helps

      Richard

      • Derik says:

        Hi Richard,

        Very interesting and informative article. You mentioned upfront that you are going to supply and update on 28 August 2013. When is the update due?

        Secondly, have you ever evaluated the Siemens hearing aids? and I have notice the Phonak Virto 90 is now a Virto Q. is it the replacement device for the 90′s?

        • admin says:

          Hi Derek
          I hope to be doing the update this week. The Siemens instruments have improve dranatically and will be in the next post. The virto is the in the ear model the Q represents the quest chip set and the 90 is the top of the range model.
          Hope you is helps

          Richard

  5. Robert Croft says:

    Hi Richard

    Thanks for such an informative website. The audiologist I have seen is recommending Oticon over Siemens for behind the ear units. They haven’t mentioned Phonak at all.

    Having read your website I have decided to visit another hearing clinic that sells Phonak, but I’m interested in the improvements you have noticed in the Siemens. Have they improved to such an extent as to be better than the Phonaks?

    I work in a very hot, dry area of Western Australia. It is a windy place. I split my time at work 80% in offices (meetings, phone/video calls etc) and 20% outdoors. When not at work time spent indoors is probably still around the 80% mark.

    My hearing loss is at high frequencies – left ear marginally worse than the right but both bad. Need 70 db to hear 90%+ of spoken words.

    Assuming no budgetary constraints what would be your thoughts?

    Many thanks,

    Robert

  6. Wendy schneider says:

    Can you tell me the difference between the unitron moxi 12 and moxi 6. I have mild hearing loss which interfers at home.

  7. Arlan Howard says:

    Hi
    I am looking for top few hearing aids for myself with 85-90 db loss. I am wearing two older hearing aids. Wonder if Phonak virto 90 and Bolero 90 would be better for me. Where do i find them if you think those aids would fit me? I can discriminate sounds but could not be able to understand words. i was born hearing till three years old a high fever damaged most of my hearing nerves. I started to hear words till about 10 yrs old my parents put me in deaf school where it kept me from continuing hearing words a lot.
    Thus, I could not be able to understand words anymore. Of course, I can hear few words. I just want good hearing aids to help me hear better and who knows they might help me understand more words. Please help me find good aids.

    • admin says:

      Hi Arlan
      I would try the Phonak Naida range and also The Widex range. It’s difficult when there is a discrimination difficulty but seeing an independent hearing aid specialist should give you some options after conducting a full hearing test.

      Richard

  8. Des says:

    Hi Richard
    Thanks for a very interesting article. I really took note of your comment on the Low end range, and would like to know which ‘top’ low end range HA you would recommend? Also would you recommend In the Ear or Behind the Ear HA for someone whose high frequency hearing is only impaired.
    Many thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Des
      For a high frequency hearing loss I would look at the Reciever in the ear range. Good value for money is the Phonak Audeo Q 50. It is a very small behind the ear hearing aid but is designed for high frequency losses

      Hope this helps

      Richard

  9. Eric Snodgrass says:

    I got a Poppit hearing aid free from Amplifon several years ago. It was great, it had no batteries to bother with and fitted in my ear canal. The sound it made was fantastic as I could really hear my own voice much better. Are these still available and how much do they cost as my dog has eaten it.

    • admin says:

      Hi Eric
      I am unsure of what hearing aid you are referring to without a battery so unfortunately I am unable to advise on this matter.

  10. Karl says:

    Hearing aids for profound hearing loss and sensitive ear canals

    I have a severe (profound) hearing loss from childhood which has worsened with aging (59), resulting in many hearing aids not being suitable for me as they cause feedback due to the high amplification. The choice for the right instrument has been borrowed due to a chronic irritation in the ear canal due to wearing a mould with limited ventilation of the ear canal. Initially I used “in ear versions” but had to abandon them as the relative short distance between the speaker and the microphone in combination with the high amplification made the feedback cancellation feature ineffective. After may trails I ended up with a high end “behind the ear” Siemens Pure. Here in Australia you would need to “cough up” about $11500.00. I got them from the USA for half the price. The improvement was enormous but after wearing them for 4 years the well sealed mould (to prevent feedback) has left me with a chronic ear infection making it impossible to wear them. I am going to see a specialist to see if there is a unit that will allow high amplification and ventilation of the ear canal. This will be a challenge…

    Apology for technical jargon, it comes out of the mind of an Electrical Engineer. Ask questions if it doesn’t make sense.
    Cheers Karl Ohm
    Nearly two decades of hearing aid

    • admin says:

      I feel you need to discuss this with your ENT specialist to see if he can help.

      Richard

    • Cristina says:

      Dear Karl,
      I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with profound deafness in both years, my problem with sealed earmolds, chronic ear infection and feedback is very similar to yours. I would like a hearing aid without earmold.
      Can we exchange our experiences?
      Best,
      Cristina

      • admin says:

        Hi Karl

        It would depend on the type of hearing loss that you have but there are hearing aids that work outside the ear. The sound is passed through a vibrator placed on the mastoid bone and would leave your ear unoccluded.La bella is one such manufacturer but there are others.

        Richard

  11. Faisal says:

    Dear Sir
    I am being recommended Bernafone Chronos
    How do you rate Bernafone although it visibly doesnt appears in any ofyour categories but since you are very experienced I am asking your opinion shall i just simply ignore it

    • admin says:

      Bernafon are a well respected Swiss company. In the early nineties they produce one of the best hearing aids in the world. No hearing aid manufacturer produces bad hearing aids any more. However I would still insist on trying the Phonak as it is number one for a reason.

      Hope this helps

      Richard

      • udaya says:

        Hi richard
        my father has a hearing prob from his childhood in right ear.. He was using a hearing aid without consulting a dr and he dont know his audible range also.. i have decided to take him for a checkup and get a hearing aid but the prob is there are lot of brands in market. I totally got confused about choosing the brand.. can u suggest which ll suit him in low budget digital range.. I feel he having moderate problem only..
        since he cant hear while talking directly.. ask to talk louder.. pl do reply..

        • admin says:

          Its impossible to recommend a hearing aid without a hearing test. But i would suggest seeing a local independent hearing aid specialist

  12. Jeff Hunter says:

    Hi I have just been diagnosed with high end hearing loss and not sure how what range I need to be looking at. Everyday hearing is fine problems only arise when in a crowded restaurant or watching TV.
    I am prepared to pay if I really need to go top end but only if its necessary.

    What would you advise please

    Many thanks Jeff

  13. Don Wineland says:

    Thank you for your dedication to helping us. I am 87 and have a high frequency hearing loss. The Veterans Administration has provided me with Phonak Ambra 312 hearing aids. The volume is fine but the speech clarity is lacking for me. For example if I am watching TV I can’t understand what they are saying…or if someone is talking on the microphone, there is no clarity. The hearing tests I have had have not changed in the past two years…my range of hearing high frequency is the same. VA has suggested that my Phonak is the best on the market and the best they can do. However, I note that you rate other models higher. Would a better model make a difference to my hearing? Please note that he hooked up my aids to the computer and tried to adjust the wind factor and various other items on a drop down menu…but to no avail. Price is not necessarily my issue. Thank you, Don

    • admin says:

      Hi Don
      The Phonak Ambra is an excellent hearing instrument however it was replaced by the Phonak Virto 90 in December 2012. The Virto is a better hearing instrument however not sure upgrading from an Ambra will be worth the expence compared to the benefits. See if you can get a free trial and judge for yourself.

      Richard

  14. Grant Oakes says:

    I have tried hearing aids several times but with no luck. I find as I turn them up to hear the speech the background noise increases and I still can’t hear the speech and now have to deal with a much higher noise level. I have alway tried behind the ear type as they are supposed to be the best. My loss is in the middle tones, like a cookie bite pattern. I also ride a motorcycle quite often, so of course the hearing aids have to come out and ear plugs go in.

    • admin says:

      Hi Grant
      I feel you might be better looking at in the ear hearing aids that might suit your life style better ie motorcycling etc. I would suggest looking at the Virto 90 ITE and be advised by your hearing health care professional on the style based on your hearing test and lifestyle.

  15. Wadhwa says:

    Jan 2014 .Which is the best make and model of hearing aid at present in the budget section where functionality and clear audible voice and convenience are main considerations and not so much the aesthetics.I need it for my 85 year old parents resident in India who keep avoiding to take it despite significant hearing problem.We have to speak at fairly high volume to talk to them. My mother has problem in both ears ,father acute problem but only in one ear.Is behind the ear more suitable due to high power,more battery life ,low noise ,more clarity etc.Are features like directional amplifier ,unwanted noise reduction,unwanted own voice amplification etc there in such recommended budget models and are all of them significantly important .Indian Alps model and reputed international brands-Siemens,Widex,Starkey are available in India.Not sure about Phonak

    • admin says:

      I think I would opt for the Starkey e series which offer good features at a competitive price, obviously dependent on the results of a hearing test that this is suitable

      Richard

  16. Steve says:

    I have 60 % hearing loss in the left one ear and 36 % in the other. I have quite narrow ear canals. Do I understand correctly that an in ear aide is probably not suitable for me. I don’t have a hearing aide. In 2011 I tried the top end bernafon (about $10,000) on a 3 day trial but had real difficulties with it (wind noise and group situations in particular). What would you recommend?

  17. Willie Dawson says:

    When I have tried in the ear hearing aids and talked to someone I sounded to myself like I was in a barrell, I now wear open fit hearing aids from Costco and my speech sounds normal to me.I do believe that the Siemens 7 would be better than the Costco brand because I could adjust the volume. What do you think and how much do the Siemens cost?

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately i do not know what hearing instruments Costco are supplying and thus are unable to compare. However the Seimens range is very good

  18. Hal says:

    My 83yr old mother is presently using an NHS digital hearing aid (one in each ear) and she still has problems hearing especially if there are a few people talking in the room. I want to buy her a new hearing aid but i am on a budget – hopefully not more than £1000, ie £500 per ear. Do you recommend the Starkey Ignite 20 or is this aid not much better than the NHS one? If i really have to, i would scrape up extra money to buy her a better one if you recommended it. I have a hearing specialist visiting her soon but i do worry that they will try to sell me one that is not suitable for her. Thank you in advance for your invaluable insight. H

    • admin says:

      Hi H
      Firstly there are a few points to consider. Is the NHS aid one of the latest ie not older than 3 years and secondly are some parts of your mothers hearing un-aidable. If the instruments are quite old or the NHS aids have not been updated in a few years via reprogramming you should notice an improvement with the Starkey hearing instruments. I would suggest sticking to your budget and assess the benefits she receives with the Starkey instruments and also going back to the NHS to see if they can be improved upon. You can always get better and more expensive instruments so try to fulfil your goals with a trial within your specified budget.
      Richard

  19. Hal says:

    I would like to add to my post above that my mother’s NHS hearing aid is a danalogic ST71. Thanks. Hal

  20. Bill Lee says:

    I tested a Phonak yesterday (2/4/14) problem is I have high frequency hearing loss with tinnitus. Sorry, but I was not told which model I was testing. But still had the tinnitus, but less loud. Also, they wanted $300. for a month trial. Is that what I can expect from all sellers of hearing aids? The warranty is only 2 years, seems to be a very short time for such a product with a high markup. For example, a car company can give a much better warranty with just a small markup in price.
    Checked your #2 choice, and maybe they just have a better web site (except for the biker pictures) they seemed to be a better choice, but I have not yet tested them, but plan trying their brand also. OK, last question, my research has explained the high markup, as they are building the cost, with of all follow up appointments in the price and this makes since. But, I am “one of those” people who may relocate to another area to retire, maybe even out outside the good ole USA. So, in your studies, can I select not to have follow up appointment cost beyond 30 days, and save on the cost? Another example, I had a close friend who got hearings aids and died 2 months later. He paid for a lot of service he never got. I guess I just like to pay as needed.

    • admin says:

      Hi Bill
      They are good points. I believe that you may not be able to get rid of the tinnitus with any hearing instrument unfortunately for some people this does happen did you try the built in tinnitus masker in the Phonak? As for the after service costs I would suggest looking round and trying to negotiate with the hearing healthcare professional you never know. $300 seems a bit steep for a trial.
      Richard

  21. Anne says:

    Can you compare bi-cross hearing aids…? currently have a Phonak from early 2000. Phonak has let me know that they are not marketing to people who use these hearing aids because it’s just not something that seems to have much audience. This is a drawback. It might be a good hearing device in some ways but in other’s it failed… it’s too bulky…. battery life stinks… the on/off is the battery compartments on both. For the one side you lose the battery easily when the compartment is opened. Also opening and closing these things makes them weaker (which you have to do daily to keep battery life). The other side I found you if you turn your head during the day depending on what you are wearing it will pull the battery compartment open and turn it off (which turns off all the settings as well and when you turn it back on you have to start over). Winter wear, a hat, putting anything near your ear can open it up. Here Phonak seemed to fall short. What is out there in the 2014 issue for different manufacturers if anything? I try to talk to my guy but he’s not the best at giving me solid information (or so I feel).

    • admin says:

      I will be sounding like all I recommend is Phonak . But they have produced a fabulous Bluetooth cros system. No wires. I have supplied a few of they systems the feedback is superb . Cost for the cros aid is about 895 plus the cost of the hearing aid from 900 to 1800. Ring or email me if you want the brochure sent out. Unitron use the same system which is slightly cheaper. Down side to these aids is battery life of about 3 days but other than that it is excellent.

  22. Mike says:

    I am working with a provider that offers NuEar. He recommends the Premier. Are they good?

    • admin says:

      Hi Mike
      I think the Nu Ear is the Starkey hearing aid range but you will have to check with your provider to confirm this

  23. carlos says:

    i am 42years old with moderate hearing loss try to get the first hearing aid but i dont want get the wrong one for me can you recommend one with the best performance because am too younger to buy a diferent every 2 or 3 years thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Calin

      All hearing aids are too expensive to replace every three years I would set a guessimate of 6 to 7 years for the life of a hearing aid. Certainly look at the Phonak range the Q90 being the best but alas the most expensive.

      Richard

  24. Shannon says:

    Hey there,
    I was wondering if you also did a post for children’s hearing aids? My daughter is 2 and she is receiving Phonak Sky Q70′s. The audiologist felt that the 90′s could not offer her any more benefit at her age. She has a moderate hearing loss in both ears.
    We have a 30 day trial period. I was wondering if there is anything better we should be looking at? Thanks!

  25. Mark Williamson says:

    1. What is a power hearing aid? are you still recommending the Naida Q90 from Phonak? I have Phonaks now for 5 years. Upgrading and hope there is improvements for $6,000 with Icom

    • admin says:

      Yes I would still recommend the Naida Q90 as the best power hearing aid. What Phonak hearing aid are you currently using?
      Richard

  26. Stephanie says:

    I’m 31 years old and work as a server in a lively restaurant and am pretty active outdoors, what would be the best hearing aid for my lifestyle? I have congenital bilateral SNHL w/ some asymmetry (left ear is about 30% worse and getting worse still).

    I’m used to wearing CIC models, but am afraid I’ll have to upgrade to a larger aid for my left ear since it seems to be declining.

    Thanks so much for this site, it’s been a great help in shopping for aids.

    • admin says:

      Hi Stephanie
      Its difficult to give specific advice without a hearing test but the Reciever in the Ear hearing aids do offer a cosmetic appeal without loss of sound quality in lost cases. I would ask your hearing health care professional about the Audeo Q 90 from Phonak to see if this would be suitable for your hearing loss.

      Richard

  27. Lori Stokes says:

    I have profound to severe hearing loss. I have to get a ditigal aide. Currently was using an analog (phonak). I am trying a naida q50 right now. I need to be able to hear off the phones but need to cut off back ground noise and extra volume. frustrated right now. I am using the cros and rodger gadget as well.I should not have to depend on the cadget. do you have any advice? need the best only have had it on since march 6th, 2014 on a 10 trial. this is affecting my job. Help me please.

    • admin says:

      Hi Lori
      The best is the Naida Q90, the CROS system from Phonak gets very good feedback. I do agree with you re the gadgets and Phonak do seem to have a lot of accessories but they are there to help. You might want to try the Widex range as well, they have just introduced a new CROS system which at point of writing I have not tried. The accessories from Widex might offer you a better solution to your needs or at least it would be worth finding out.

      Richard

  28. Irfan Dean says:

    Hi thank you very much for all your information here. My sister has moderate hearing loss and has been provided with hearing aids by the NHS Siemens danalogic i-fit71 . However she is not happy as she cannot hear people in busy restaurants, outdoor environments and in group situations she cant make out what the conversation is about. In one to one situations she is fine but if the backgroud noise is too high she is finding it difficult. She is still experiencing this after reprogramming sessions with her audiologist. I am now looking for the best hearing aids for her and her circumstances. Can you please let me know what you would suggest I can purchase. Many thanks in advance for all your help.

    • admin says:

      Hi Irfan
      This is a very common problem and one that a lot of manufacturers claim to have solved. The feed back I receive from hearing aid users is that the Phonak Quest 90 range really does work in noise, pubs etc. It is todate the only one that gives me 100% patient positive feedback at solving this area.

      Hope this helps

      Richard

  29. Luis Rebolledo says:

    Hi, I have 64 and severe loss in both ears at frequencies 2000 reaches 80. Pure 300 and currently use is not enough, I am hard of understanding in conversations and meetings. I want some new headphones and I have no budget problems. you recommend to me? from and I appreciate your response. I live in Chile.

  30. ritu says:

    A frnd of mine suffers total deffness in right ear but as per the doctors he can hear vibrations in the left ear. Is there any very high frequency hearing aid which he can use 4his left ear

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately probably not, however I would take the advice of your hearing healthcare professional who will have a better idea having all the audiological data to hand

  31. Vinh Mac says:

    Hi
    I am 66 years old and have just retired with mild hearing lost. I was told that I have lost about 30% of my hearing, I cannot hear conversation well from a distance and with road noises while driving. No problem with my hearing up close without mumbling from the other person.
    I will have a hearing test soon for a possibility to purchase a hearing aid if it is recommended by the ENT and audiologist.
    Is Oticon Alta a good hearing aid? or any other recommended brand?
    Thanks
    Vinh Mac

    • admin says:

      Hi Vinh
      The Alta would not be my first choice however I do know many dispensers who like the model. I would compare with the Phonak and the Widex models

  32. Michelle says:

    Hi Richard, I have been pouring over your recommendations and questions and answers sections. Thank you for all the info. My husband is 70, plays golf (wind noise), eats out in loud restaurants (lots of background noise, and keeps a grandchild. He loves television and has to have it loud. I always have to repeat myself when speaking. He has high frequency loss and mid range. A few years back he bought DOT by Resound which were over the ear and they were just okay. We are ready to buy the best at this point. It sounds like perhaps the Phonak Q90 would be the best choice. Which would you suggest for someone who has a lot of activity going on in his life? And, his family would love to communicate without yelling. We will be getting his new hearing test next week. Thank you for any suggestions you might have. And, you were right about costs. We have found them from 4000$ to 6500$. Crazy! The two best deals we have found are the pair of q90 for 5000$ with remote and batteries for a year. The other place offers 4000$, but remote is 600$, Any thoughts?

    • admin says:

      Hi
      The DOT was one of the first RIC hearing aids and I would agree it is average but also an old hearing aid now. I can not recommend an exact hearing aid without looking at the audiogram but based on the DOT the Phonak Audeo Q90 is an excellent upgrade. It is a Q hearing aid and does seem to excel in groups and bars and clarity. Thats the feedback I get from its users. I would not be too guided by price if it is a few hundred dollars but what I would suggest is you trust, like and have faith, the audiologist will be honest and fair as hearing aids should last 6 years and you will have a long term relationship with him.

      Hope this helps

      Richard

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