10 Best Hearing Aids In December 2022

December 5, 2022
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Review Process For This Guide

Soundly invests in up-to-date research to guide prospective hearing aid wearers. We update this guide each month with the latest products. To get to this month's list we underwent the research below:

- 50+ Hours Research Conducted Each Month
- 3 Licensed Audiologists Consulted
- 32 Total Brands Reviewed
- 1,000+ Customer Reviews Considered

Hearing Aids Compared

Key Takeaways

If you are reading this article, there's a good chance you are trying to get the lay of the land in the hearing health space. This guide will help you do just that.

Our team has spent thousands of hours researching hearing aids, wearing hearing products, and talking to patients.

That research helped narrow the field from 32 products and brands to just 10. A few key takeaways from our research:

  1. OTC hearing aids are on this list, but they aren't for everyone. If you have mild-moderate hearing loss and are looking for a starter hearing aid or a more affordable product, OTC can be a great choice.
  2. Most of the best hearing aids in the world are still fit and prescribed by a local clinic. Prescription hearing aids cost more but also come with more care and higher levels of customization. We find that the most affordable way to get prescription hearing aids is through a pre-negotiated care network instead of "walking in" to a local clinic. We've linked to a partner care network below for more information.
  3. Two brands below (Audicus and Lively) offer a "hybrid" model of care. The products from these brands are technically still prescription because they are not self-programmed, but are prescribed using telehealth, then mailed to your home. This hybrid model offers significantly lower prices while retaining professional support. 

One thing you won't see in this guide is hearing amplifiers. Amplifiers make all sounds louder instead of customizing sound output to match your hearing loss. After sifting 1000+ customer reviews, we just can't find enough happy customers to validate, including those products on this list.

Research Summary

We've included 10 hearing aids on this month's guide. They roughly break down into three categories.

Category #1: Telehealth Care - Best Overall Value

This model costs less than a local clinic but still includes programming and care from a licensed hearing professional.

Favorite Product: Jabra Enhance

Category #2: OTC Hearing Aids - Lowest Cost + Most Control


OTC hearing aids are best for those with mild-moderate hearing loss. They can be purchased online or (soon) at local stores. OTC hearing aids put the power of programming in your hands but come with less care.

Favorite Product: Bose

Category #3: Prescription Hearing Aids - Premium Service and Tech


If money is no object and you don't mind making a trip to a local audiologist, prescription hearing aids are still the way to go. They offer the latest technology and local professional support.

Favorite Product: ReSound OMNIA

Enough preamble, here are the ten best hearing aids in December 2022.

Jabra Enhance Select Hearing Aids
Jabra Enhance Select
Best Overall Value

Jabra Enhance Select

Jabra Enhance Select

$1,190 - $1,995
Affordable
Affordable
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
Rechargeable
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING

Jabra Enhance Select hearing aids are built by the world's 4th largest hearing aid manufacturer (ReSound). Jabra Enhance (originally called Lively) made a name for itself by recreating the full-service audiology service online.

Instead of requiring you to come into their office, Jabra reduces the cost by programming remotely and shipping to your home.

All Jabra products come with a 100-day return policy and 3 years of unlimited remote care. You can find the same product for sale at a local clinic for around $4,500.

Overall notes: If you have mild to moderate hearing loss, are on a budget, and want a hearing professional to program your hearing aids to match your hearing loss, this is one of the most compelling products on the market.

Price: $1,195 for a pair of battery-powered - $1,595 for a pair of rechargeable, $1,995 for enhanced sound quality

Features: Rechargeable, Bluetooth (not hands-free), Behind The Ear Style

What audiologists say: “Their audiologists can personalize and program Jabra hearing aids in real-time; highlighting the benefits of telehealth and competent professionals.” - Garrett Thompson, AuD

Pros

One of the most affordable and convenient ways to purchase online while maintaining professional care

Comes with a 100 day free-return period

Offers rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth streaming

Cons

Remote care requires users to be somewhat tech savvy

Jabra only offers styles that sit behind the ear

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Audicus
Largest Telehealth Selection

Audicus

Audicus

$998 - $3,398
Affordable
Affordable
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

Audicus was one of the first brands to program hearing aids remotely and ship them to your door. When the brand launched nearly 10 years ago, Audicus was dubbed the Warby Parker of hearing aids. They make their service simple to use and offer a range of simple but effective products.

Unlike other over-the-counter style devices like Eargo and Lexie, you do not need to program your own hearing aids. The Audicus team of hearing specialists walks you through an online test or accepts an existing audiogram.

With the results in hand, they program your hearing aids before shipping. This streamlined process saves you time and cuts the cost by about 50%-70% compared to traditional options.

Overall notes: Audicus has more than 7,000 reviews with an impressive average of 4.7 stars. Their customer service and lifetime specialist support are unique to the industry. If you are on a budget and want fully customized hearing aids, Audicus is among the best options available.

Price: Models available, ranging from $499-$899 per ear.

Features: Full range of styles (invisible and behind the ear) and features (Bluetooth and rechargeable)

What audiologists say: “Audicus is a fair option for anyone looking for remote care. The telehealth model helps reduce the final price.” - Jen Anfinson, AuD

Pros

Audicus hearing aids are programmed remotely which leads to lower prices and more convenience

Audicus offers a diverse range of styles and pricing including an affordable in-the-canal product

Audicus offers their products with a monthly subscription starting at $99

Cons

The lowest priced hearing aids from Audicus (DIA, Clara, Aura) are not remotely programmable which means you'll need to ship your hearing aid back for adjustments

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Lexie B1 Powered By Bose
Best Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

Lexie B1 Powered By Bose

Lexie B1 Powered By Bose

$899
Affordable
Affordable
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
Self-Tuned
Self-Tuned

After years (or decades) of customer requests, Bose finally released a hearing aid. The iconic brand has a proven track record for quality audio products, and these Bose hearing aids are no exception.

This product sells for just $899 per pair (compared to the national average of $4,500).

To achieve this lower price, Bose did two things: 

  1. Bose created a clinically-proven method for hearing aid wearers to program their own devices using a smartphone app. The process cuts out the middle man and saves (quite literally) thousands. 
  2. Bose formed a partnership with Lexie Hearing. Lexie backs up the Bose name with unlimited, lifetime hearing-specialist support. 

If you are looking for an affordable hearing aid with a proven brand track record and quality care, Lexie B1 Powered By Bose is among the best. 

Overall notes: If you have mild to moderate hearing loss, are comfortable with smartphone tech, and are on a budget, Lexie is one of the most compelling products on the market.

Price: $899 per pair with 45-day risk-free returns

Features: Self-fit, simple to get started, affordable

What audiologists say: “It you're not interested in streaming phone calls and don't mind changing hearing aid batteries, Bose is a budget-friendly option with easy to use app and customer support.” - Jen Anfinson, AuD, AuD

Pros

Affordable

Self-tuned

Discreet and modern appearance

Cons

No Bluetooth streaming

Disposable batteries

Less background noise suppression

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Eargo 6
Only Rechargeable and Invisible Product On The Market

Eargo 6

Eargo 6

$2,9050 / pair
In the Ear
In the Ear
Self-Tuned
Self-Tuned
Affordable
Affordable
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

Eargo is the disruptor in hearing health. Their product is rechargeable, invisible, and designed with a patented tip that allows your ears to breathe.

Eargo 6 was released in 2022 with new features that adapt to your environment as you move through your day. Eargo has raised hundreds of millions to design their product from scratch and what they've pulled off is impressive.

Think of this product as the Tesla of hearing health. Eargo is best for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. If you want to try something new, this is a great option.

Overall notes: Eargo stands out for its design, innovation, size, and telecare team. The only drawback is that Eargo can be buggy. For thousands of happy customers, that's worth the tradeoff.

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Features: Invisible, self-programmed, rechargeable

What audiologists say: “If you are looking for invisible devices Eargo is one of the best options on the market.” - Ramsay Poindexter

Pros

Eargo is a tiny device that sits entirely inside the ear

Eargo is more affordable then custom mold hearing aids

Eargo is self fit using an app

Cons

Only appropriate for those with mild to moderate hearing loss

Requires some tinkering to fine to the product

Eargo is not Bluetooth enabled due to the tiny size

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Phonak Audeo Lumity
Best Bluetooth Connection

Phonak Audeo Lumity

Phonak Audeo Lumity

$4,598
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

Audeo Lumity is the brand new offering from the world’s most popular hearing aid brand. The device is made by the world's #1 manufacturer Sonova and is widely seen as the most connected Bluetooth hearing aid on the market.

The new Lumity operating system offers several improvements from the older Phonak Paradise hearing aid most notably, an enhanced ability to hear in background noise. 

Phonak hearing aids offer all of the modern features you might expect including the most stable Bluetooth streaming connection in the industry, rechargeable batteries (or disposable for those who prefer them) and a waterproof option.

The devices have lots of intelligent listening tech onboard, including a motion sensor that focuses your field of sound when you are sitting and opens it back up when you are walking around. 

Pros

Top of the line customization, Bluetooth connection and rechargeable batteries

Enhanced background noise reduction

Waterproof option available for active lifestyles

Cons

Audeo Lumity is a premium product with an average price of $3,198 - $7,000 per pair

Phonak manages sound quality in a way that can lead to a "closed off" feeling compared to Oticon or ReSound's more open sound quality

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ReSound OMNIA
Best For Focus in Background Noise

ReSound OMNIA

ReSound OMNIA

4,598
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

ReSound unveiled the OMNIA in August 2022 with a clear focus on improving listening in the most challenging background situations. OMNIA replaces the popular ReSound ONE launched in 2020.

The OMNIA looks identical to the previous generation of products but comes with a few notable improvements. The first is a more powerful Ultra Focus mode. Users can switch their hearing aids into Ultra Focus to listen directly to the person in front of them at a restaurant or meeting. Previous ReSound products had this feature, but OMNIA supercharges its capabilities with a 150% improvement in speech clarity in the loudest environments.

OMNIA also adds new algorithms to reduce the volume of your own voice inside your hearing aids. Many new users find their voice distracting, and this feature should help them transition more smoothly.

Overall notes: ReSound OMNIA is an all around excellent product with an innovative approach to microphones, dining situations and design. If you can swing the price, it doesn't get much better.

Price: Starting at $3,198 for a pair through Zip Hearing (walk-in prices $5K-$8K)

Features: Rechargeable, Bluetooth streaming, behind the ear style

What audiologists say: “ReSound has been a leader in innovation for many years, and they've done it again." Jen Anfinson, AuD

Pros

Innovative M&RIE microphone

Bluetooth streaming from Android and Apple devices

Offered with both rechargeable and disposable batteries

Cons

Ultra Focus requires a change using your app

ReSound OMNIA hearing aids start at $3,198 and can cost as much as $7,000 with walk in care

Not available online. ReSound hearing aids require a visit to an in person audiologist

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Signia Charge&Go
Smallest Size and Longest Battery Life

Signia Charge&Go

Signia Charge&Go

$4,598
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

Signia Pure Charge&Go AX hearing aids are the smallest behind-the-ear devices on the market in 2022 and amazingly hold the longest-lasting battery at nearly 40 hours per charge. Signia is known for limiting background noise by using motion detection to gather information about your surroundings as you move from one space to the next. The hearing aids automatically sense when you start walking or sit down and make intelligent decisions about where to focus.

Overall notes: Signia Charge&Go AX is a hearing aid for someone on the go. It's the smallest, has the most extended battery life, and offers best-in-class motion-based adjustments.

Price: Starting at $2,798 per pair through Zip Hearing (walk-in pricing is typically between $5K-$8K)

Features: Rechargeable, Bluetooth, Behind The Ear Style

What audiologists say: “The AX offers hands-free streaming (for iOS) and connectivity with their app. It is a solid device with impressive specs and design." - Garrett Thompson, AuD

Pros

Smallest body size on the market

Longest lasting battery with 40 hours per charge

Fully customizable with premium sound processing

Cons

Only sold through local clinics at $3,198 - $7,000 a pair

Requires a separate accessory to allow remote programming

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Oticon More
Best for Natural Sound

Oticon More

Oticon More

4,598
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

Oticon More was released in January 2021 and has since become one of the most popular hearing aids in the world. This hearing aid is rechargeable offers hands-free calling via iPhone and audio streaming via Android.

What makes the Oticon special is the way the hearing aids handle sound. While most hearing aids suppress background noises and prioritize only voice, Oticon More gives the brain a more natural, full sound landscape.

Oticon used a 360 spherical microphone to capture sounds from 12 million real-life situations to achieve this new approach. They used that sound to train the computer inside their hearing aids.

Overall notes: Oticon More is an undisputed leader among top-tier hearing aids. If you are attracted to the idea of hearing more of the sounds around you vs. solely focusing on voices, this product is a great choice.

Price: Starting at $3,198 through Zip Hearing (walk-in prices $5K-$8K)

Features: Rechargeable, Bluetooth (not hands-free), Behind The Ear Style

What audiologists say: “Oticon More is among the best. If you are looking for all-around, top-of-the-line technology, this is an excellent choice.” - Ramsay Poindexter, AuD


Pros

Open sound quality that many users prefer

Bluetooth streaming from Android and Apple devices

Offered with both rechargeable and disposable batteries

Cons

Oticon More hearing aids start at $3,198 and can cost as much as $7,000 with walk in care

Oticon More hearing aids require a visit to an in person audiologist and are not sold online

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Starkey Evolv AI Custom
Best Custom Invisible Hearing Aids

Starkey Evolv AI Custom

Starkey Evolv AI Custom

$4,598
In the Ear
In the Ear
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Rechargeable
Rechargeable
Bluetooth
Bluetooth

Starkey is a U.S.-based manufacturer with a full line of hearing aids that includes behind the ear and in-the-ear styles. Starkey is known for intelligent features like fitness tracking, a virtual assistant, and the smallest Bluetooth hearing aid on the market.

They make the list for their elite status in custom molded (nearly invisible products). If you can afford to pay medical-grade prices and want an invisible style, you won’t be disappointed by Starkey.

Overall Notes: Starkey Evolv AI is broadly considered the best for custom mold hearing aids. If you want a custom mold, and lead an active lifestyle, this product is a great choice.

Price: Starting at $2,998 through Zip Hearing (walk-in prices $5K-$8K)

Features: Full range of styles and features including Bluetooth, rechargeability, and fitness tracking.

What audiologists say: “Starkey has been making the smallest and best custom hearing aids for decades. Evolv AI is currently the smallest custom device on the market with Bluetooth streaming capabilities.” - Ramsay Poindexter, AuD

Pros

Smallest models are almost entirely invisible

Starkey is a leader in comfortable custom molded products

Larger sizes come with Bluetooth streaming and rechargeable batteries

Cons

This is a premium device which costs $3,000-$7,000 per pair

Custom molds require additional lead time and replacement time

The smallest versions of Starkey Evolv AI customs are not Bluetooth enabled or rechargeable

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Phonak Lyric
Most Invisible Hearing Aid

Phonak Lyric

Phonak Lyric

4,000 annual membership
In the Ear
In the Ear
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING

The Phonak Lyric is a non-traditional option that sold as an annual subscription. The devices are placed deep in your inner ear by a hearing professional every 8 weeks and stay in your ears all day instead of coming out at night.

You can shower, work out, and even swim (without fully submerging) with the hearing aid in your ears. Lyric wearers receive a magnetic “magic wand” tool that turns the hearing aid up or down and remove the device if needed.

Many people find this option more comfortable than traditional invisible hearing aids and enjoy hearing at night if they have kids.

Overall Notes: Lyric can be thought of as contact lenses for the ears. Patients who are successfully fit with Lyric often never go back and share that they forget they are wearing hearing aids.

Price: Lyric hearing aids are sold on a membership that averages around $4,000 per year
Features: Lyric hearing aids use analog technology and boast an impressively small size

Pros

Totally invisible

Wear 24 hours a day including workouts and water

Clear sound that uses the shape of the ear

Cons

Expensive at $4,000 per year

Includes in-person changes every 6 weeks

Lack of background noise suppression technology

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That's a Wrap

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