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The Top 10 Best Hearing Aids of 2015

September 22, 2015 by David Roberts
Published in: Hearing Aids

 

The Top Ten Best Hearing Aids of 2015 - Written September 2015

If you are looking to buy new hearing aids, you want the best.

Or do you?

Some people have high hearing requirements due to work or lifestyle. Others may have difficult to fit hearing losses or simply want to ensure that they are always going to hear the very most they can in any given situation. If so then our top ten list of hearing aids for 2015 is the right place to be.

Alternatively, if you are looking to get the very most out of more limited funds then our Top Ten Budget hearing aids is the one for you.

The vast majority of people find themselves somewhere in between. As technology has improved, features which were only in the top hearing aids a few years ago have now filtered down to the mid-range products. Up to 80% of all hearing aid users do not require the absolute top technology for their lifestyle and hear sufficiently well with a mid-level hearing aid. Our Top 10 Mid-Range Hearing Aids of 2015 is here.

 

The 10 Best Hearing Aids of 2015

We have no allegiance to any particular manufacturer. As you will have read from the rest of our website we are truly independent. When writing this list we have not taken into account price at all, we are just looking at what we consider to be the very best in hearing aids based on features, benefits, customer feedback and audiologist feedback.

Listed below are the bullet points for the products, For a full description of each product, click on the picture or the link.

 

Resound Linx2 9

First place | Resound Linx2 9 - £1695

This is the second generation of Resound’s popular Linx series. Released in April 2015 it significantly improves on what was already a great hearing aid. If you don’t have a smartphone then this aid would tie in first place with the Phonak Audeo V90

+ Best in class hearing, tied with the Phonak V90

+ Designed to work with iPhones and android devices for increased functionality

+ Full range of forms now available including in the ear, completely in the canal (CIC) and invisible in the canal (IIC)

 

Phonak Audeo V90

2 | Phonak Audeo V90 - £1695

Excellent product as always from Phonak. The Audeo V90 (the V stands for the new Venture processing chip) is the latest in a long line of successes and offers the best hearing money can buy.

+ Best in class hearing tied with the Linx2 9

- Behind the ear only, no in the ear models available at this time (Update - ITE's now available)

 

Unitron North Pro

3 | Unitron North Pro - £1695

A very similar product to number 2 above as Unitron and Phonak are sister companies. At present this product is available only through independent audiologists.

+ Excellent hearing, powered by the same processor as the Phonak V90

+ Attractive award winning design

- Behind the ear only, no in the ear models available at this time (Update - ITE's now available)

 

Siemens Binax 7

4 | Siemens Binax 7 - £1295

Siemens got a lot of positive press for its innovative approach with this hearing aid and almost lives up to expectations.

+ Excellent hearing, especially in background noise. Innovative processor design

+ Invisible in the canal (IIC) option, the Insio recently added to the range.

- Being one of the few hearing aids to have more than 20 channels (it has 64) doesn’t appear to be as good in practice as it is on paper. Feedback from audiologists hasn’t been as positive as for other products in its class.

 

Oticon Alta2 Pro

5 | Oticon Alta2 Pro - £1545

Oticon’s newest offering does nothing wrong and has possibly suffered due to a lack of interest as so many other great hearing aids came out at a similar time.

+ Very good sound quality.

+ Full range of forms now available including in the ear, completely in the canal (CIC) and invisible in the canal (IIC)

 

Starkey Halo i110

6 | Starkey Halo i110 - £1695

The original made for iPhone hearing aid. This aid came out early 2014 and has stood up well.

+ Very good sound quality.

+ Designed to work with iPhones for increased functionality

 

Resound Linx2 7 

7 | Resound Linx2 7 - £1395

Despite being only the second to top product from Resound the Linx2 7 makes it into the top 10 due to the sheer number of features smartphone compatibility brings to the table.

+ Very good sound quality.

+ Designed to work with iPhones and android devices for increased functionality

+ Full range of forms now available including in the ear, completely in the canal (CIC) and invisible in the canal (IIC)

 

Phonak Q90 Nano 

8 | Phonak Q90 - £1395

The Q90 is from Phonak’s older range of hearing aids released in early 2013. The technology is not as good as the newer V or “Venture” series but unlike the new models it does have the whole range of in the ear models available. (Update - Venture ITE's now available)

+ OK sound quality for the price.

+ Full range of forms is available including in the ear and completely in the canal (CIC)

 

Bernafon Juna 9

9 | Bernafon Juna 9 - £1595

Bernafon mainly operates abroad and has only a minor presence in the UK. Despite often being considered the “budget” version of its sister company Oticon they have produced a very good hearing aid.

+ Very good sound quality.

+ Possibly a good choice if you live abroad in a country that has a strong Bernafon presence, such as Australia.

 

 Widex Dream 440

10 | Widex Dream 440  - £1295

This was a great hearing aid when it came out in early 2013. Unfortunately a lot of other hearing aids have come out in the meantime and it hasn’t stood up so well. It still made it into our top ten list due to the attractive design of the smallest version, the Passion.

+ The Dream 440 Passion is one of the smallest and most attractive behind the ear hearing aids available.

- This product hasn’t aged well compared to the competition.

 

That concludes our list of the top ten hearing aids currently available in the UK. If you would like any more details about any of these products, feel free to call us on 0800 567 7721 or use our contact form.

Author: David Roberts

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