Hearing aids are available in many different sizes, types and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today’s hearing aid manufacturers – Signia, Oticon, Sonic, Phonak, and Starkey – are considered sleek, compact, innovative, and advanced technologically, and are offered solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers. The cost of hearing aids generally depends on the technology and the number of features it has and not necessarily on the style or type selected. Today’s digital hearing aids are typically offered in various levels such as premium, advanced, essential, and basic.
Basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. In contrast, a premium or more advanced hearing aid responds automatically to changes to the listener’s environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid, and Bluetooth connectivity. The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes. As the level of the technology increases in hearing aids, so do the availability of advanced features.
The type of hearing aid that you select to mitigate your hearing loss is dependent on a number of factors:
How to Choose a Hearing Aid
- Comfort, cosmetics & budget
- Degree of the hearing loss (power requirements)
- Manual dexterity & visual abilities
- Skin sensitivities
- Anatomical/medical considerations
The Top 5 Hearing Aid Brands
Signia (formerly Siemens) offers a broad range of hearing aids for every lifestyle and all configurations of hearing loss—including completely invisible, waterproof, and rechargeable hearing aids. Signia also has a complete line of wireless accessories that connect hearing aids wirelessly to mobile phones, TVs, MP3 players, and other audio devices.
Oticon was founded on a compassion for people — and a deep understanding of the role that hearing plays in living a richer and fuller life. People First is our promise to empower people to communicate freely, interact naturally and participate actively.
Phonak’s goal is to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss. Phonak is the innovative force in hearing acoustics. With our creative solutions, we strive to overcome technological limitations – so that all people are able to hear, understand and fully enjoy life’s rich landscapes of sound.
Sonic Innovations is a U.S. based manufacturer of hearing care solutions who envisions a world where all people can enjoy the sounds of everyday life and where lives are improved through enhanced hearing.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is much more than the hearing aids we produce. We are in the business of connecting people and changing lives. We believe being able to hear the world and the people around us is as essential to the human experience as breathing.