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The 7 Best Hearing Aids of 2019

The 7 Best Hearing Aids of 2019


– In this video I’m gonna
share my top seven picks for best hearing aids in 2019, coming up. (light upbeat music) Hi guys, Cliff Olson, Doctor of Audiology and founder of Applied Hearing
Solutions in Anthem, Arizona, and on this channel I cover a bunch of hearing related information to help make you a better informed consumer. So if you’re into that make sure you hit that subscribe
button and don’t forget to hit the bell to receive a notification every time I post a new video. 2018 brought us some
amazing new technology as we head into 2019 with more
technological advancements already in the works. So in this video I wanted to share my seven favorite hearing
aids as we head into 2019. All of these hearing aids are designed to have better sound quality
and better speech understanding in a background noise situation. So I really wanted to
focus on the key features that sets these devices apart from the rest of the competition. So without wasting anymore time, coming in at number seven
is the Unitron Moxi All. The Unitron Moxi All
has a few nice features, but there is one key feature
that helped it make my list, and that is the Flex Upgrade. Unitron has five different
hearing aid performance levels. But with the Unitron Flex Program your hearing care provider can
upgrade your technology level at any time even if you’ve already had your Moxi All hearing
aids for months or years. They can be upgraded with
a simple software update, meaning that you keep
the same hearing aids, but the level of performance improves. This means that you can
start out with a lower level of technology and upgrade
it when you need to or when you can afford it. All you do is pay the difference between the technology
level that you’re in and the technology level that you want. Other key features of the Unitron Moxi All is that it can connect
directly with a smartphone to stream audio directly
into one of your ears and this works for an Android
phone and for an Apple phone. It also has the capability
of being rechargeable. Number six is the Widex Evoke. The Widex Evoke also has one main feature that helped it make my list, and that is the machine learning feature. The machine learning feature allows you to make real-time adjustments
by using sound comparisons to determine which settings
are best on your hearing aids. So if you’re in a noisy environment you can go into your smartphone and run through a series of comparisons to improve your hearing
ability in that situation. The app then remembers this information to provide continual improvement that is customized to your
real-world preferences. Essentially the hearing aids
start to learn your behaviors and your preferences. The Widex Evoke also
has a few other features to make note of including rechargability with a Z-Power battery system and also the capability of streaming audio directly from an Apple device. Coming in at number five
is the Starkey Livio AI. Starkey has improved upon
their Halo line of devices by replacing them with
the Livio line of devices. However, the biggest
improvement is their ability to use artificial intelligence to monitor body and brain health in
their premium Livio AI model. The Livio AI gives you a thrive score, and this thrive score can help you monitor your activity levels and how much brain stimulation you’re receiving with your hearing devices. They also now connect with
other Starkey accessories, such as the TV box which
can help you stream TV audio right into your hearing aids
at your prescriptive target and a remote microphone which
can help you hear better in a background noise situation. Of course, just like their
previous line of devices, the Livio AI hearing aids
can only stream audio directly from an Apple device. It does not work with an
Android device for streaming. But it will connect with an Android device to use the thrive app. Coming in at number four is
the Phonak Virto B Titanium. The Phonak Virto B-Titanium is the only invisible in the canal
hearing aid to make the list. As the name suggests it
is made out of titanium, which allows it to be smaller
than acrylic hearing aids and more durable at the same time. And in my opinion, it
is the best performing IIC device on the market. Phonak also recently released
a new depth measurement tool to determine the ideal ear canal placement of the device to make
it even more discreet. Now these hearing aids to require a very deep ear mold impression in order to make these devices fit so deeply and discreetly inside of your ear canal. And they are also not
suitable for individuals with really severe to
profound hearing losses. Number three is the Oticon OPN. The OPN has been an
extremely popular hearing aid since 2016. This is because of its ability
to help you hear better in a background noise situation due to the open sound navigator which identifies important speech sources in the background noise
no matter what direction they’re coming from so you don’t feel like you have blinders on when
you’re in a noisy situation. Combine this with the OPN’s ability to reduce listening effort
and its overall report of good sound quality by
users of this hearing device. This makes the Oticon OPN one of the best hearing aids that money can buy. And in late 2018 Oticon
announced the release of their long awaited
custom in the ear devices on the open platform. So if you’re the type of person who does not want your hearing aids behind your ears and you want them all inside of your ears you’re now in luck. And coming in at number two
is the ReSound LiNX Quattro. The LiNX Quattro replaces
the LiNX 3D line of devices. The Quattro boasts long
lasting lithium rechargability along with the future promise
of direct audio streaming from Android devices,
not just Apple devices. It also has the best
smartphone app in the industry. So if you like customizing
your own settings, the Smart 3D app let’s you adjust volume, adjust programs that you or your hearing care professional have created. You can enable streaming
from different accessories like a TV streamer or a remote microphone. You can activate features
such as noise filtering or enhanced speech clarity. You can use the three-band equalizer to customize your audio or
activate the tinnitus manager to create a perfect masking
noise for your tinnitus. And of course, you can also request assistance from your
hearing care professional who can make remote adjustments
to your hearing aids right through the app. ReSound led the way with
made for iPhone devices back in 2014 and they
continue to push the envelope with the ReSound Quattro which is why it made the number two spot on my list. And at number one I had
the Phonak Audeo Marvel. The Marvel is the next generation of the Audeo line of devices. And these things do
pretty much everything. First and foremost they
are the only hearing aid to directly stream audio
from both an iPhone and Android devices. This means that you no
longer have to switch from Android if you want
to stream phone calls, music, audiobooks, podcasts,
or even YouTube videos directly into your ears. The new and improved AutoSense 3.0 determines which program settings are best for your given
listening environment and automatically switches
so you don’t have to. This means you don’t
have to use a push button to identify which
program you need to be in for a given environment. The hearing aids already
know this and do it for you. It also automatically
determines if you’re listening to music or speech to ensure
that you’re in the best settings while streaming audio as well. In addition to their
312 disposable battery and rechargeable versions, they will also be releasing a size 312 battery with telecoil version, a size 13 battery with telecoil version, and a rechargeable with
telecoil version in 2019. And if all of that isn’t awesome enough, the Marvel devices are
also remotely adjustable by your hearing care professionals, so you can get adjustments made on them from the comfort of your own home. On top of that, they are also Roger ready. And in late 2019 these
built-in Roger receivers will be activated by a firmware update by your hearing care professional. This means that you’ll be
able to directly access the entire lineup of Roger FM systems including the award-winning
Roger Pen and Roger Select. All right guys, in my opinion those are the best hearing aids in 2019. Which ones are right for you? Well that’s based on your
specific wants and needs and how good your hearing care provider is at working with each particular brand. Just remember it does not matter how good your hearing aids are unless you’ve had real ear
measurement performed on them. Real ear measurement is
the only way to ensure that your hearing aids
are programmed correctly to your hearing loss prescription. And if you wanna learn more
about real ear measurement I highly recommend that you watch my video that I will link in the card up here and in the description below. That’s it for this video. If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below. If you like the video, please share it, and if you wanna see other
videos just like this one go ahead and hit that subscribe button. I’ll see you next time. (light music)

100 thoughts on “The 7 Best Hearing Aids of 2019”

  1. Nice video! I am helping my folks pick out hearing aids. Are these devices listed in order of performance – e.g. Phonak #1 = best with all other things being equal?

  2. What do you think of "nuheara iqbuds boost" as hearing aids? Consider also that they can have multiple custom settings (depending on sound environment) or even be set to the recommended prescription from a licenced audiologist. Bang for your buck, these may even out perform devices from the current professional hearing aid manufacturers, but I would really like to hear, read or hear, read and see via YouTube, your review of them. Thank You

  3. I think it's more important a better understanding in noise situations than the conectivity side.

  4. Just as important as the hearing aids you choose is the service you receive. Providers that sell hearing aids for cheap rely on volume, and want quick appointments so they can squeeze more clients into the day & sell more hearing aids. At these clinics, the auds will often just do a quick fit for everyone (for those who are unaware, this means, basically getting the hearing aid software to do a quick and dirty estimate of roughly how the hearing aid should be set up for your hearing loss, and is often way off the mark). Consumers need to find audiologists that spend the time it takes to produce a good outcome using an evidence based gold standard of care. This includes performing proper real ear measurements to ensure that the hearing aids are going to provide maximum clarity. Counselling is also a crucial part of achieving a good outcome – far more important than consumers realise!

  5. I have an audeo B and a cros b 312 am I better off going to the marvel and giving up the cross for the deaf ear to get better speach recognition in the good ear or staying with what I have. It is my understanding the Marvel doesnt have a cross no is there on in the future. My system now does not stream. I am a retired physician living in fl. If I was in Az you would be my go to guy!

  6. This is not the seven best, it's his seven favorite. And since it does not correlate well with most of the top 10 lists out there, it's probably not his favorites for the value it offers us but the money it makes for him.

  7. I appreciate Dr. Olson's review and should have search out his assessment of hearing aid companies. I have fought with Nano Hearing Aids to receive a refund and it finally arrived. They shorted the refund saying that the credit card would not authorize the transaction, which is bull. Their customer service is deplorable. I hope they are audited. I do need a hearing device, so based on Dr. Olson's reviews and friends who have purchased hearing devices, I will probably go with Phonak Audeo. Nano leaves a lot to be desired.

  8. We dispense Lots of Marvels with great success. Can’t Waite for Roger capability. Sadly don’t look like a Crosse will be Available anytime soon. Also a Better devise than Marvel is on the front burner. That being said don’t know how the can improve on Marvel. Great Vids as always Doctor. Thanks. We listen to your Advice.

  9. Hi Dr.Cliff , my name is Sanjeev from India age 27 and facing hearing issue from last few days and consulted the doctors and one doctor suggesting widex Evoke 110 and other Doctor suggested the Resound 561 , I can hear one to one conversation s but in crowd areas and out side areas difficult to hear conversions can you please suggest me which one help full in noisey areas .

    Thank you

  10. Dr.Cliff, have never been able to get any answers that work to help me with tinnitus that is awful to live with. Any suggestions using your expertise?

  11. Is moderately severe hearing loss get better with hearing aids or hearing aids help to hear properly

  12. Hey guys
    I have a question, which model do you recommend. My dad is almost 70 and he needs a hearing aid
    I've been looking for a best brand and Resound came up
    My dad is in cdmx. Do I need to bring my dad for examination
    Or can I just buy a good hearing aid and work with anyone needs
    He only needs on one side
    Thanks for the info

  13. Hello Doctor Cliff and thank you for this informative video. I live overseas and therefore do not have the luxury of "sending back" my hearing aid to the US for service or re-programming. My audiogram starts at 10dB for 250Khz to 100dB at the 4K, in a straight line inclination. I'm particularly interested in doing my own programming and/or adjustments to hearing aid programs. Is there a particular brand/model you would recommend? Thanks.

  14. It appears from the picture that the Phonack titanium CIC (new tool pic) that they are putting a right tool into the left ear. Not familiar with the tool, but I would expect there is a right and left tool. Is this a marketing error?

  15. Thanks, great video. Although, adding a price range with each would have been extremely helpful. Especially for those living on a fixed income. Ahhh the joys of retirement.

  16. Over the last 6 months, I have had a lot of trouble with my ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids. The first pair failed after 2 months, with the right one losing ability to pick up high sounds, and cutting out. Audiologist confirmed they were not working and sent them back to ReSound. ReSound replaced them with a new pair, and these failed in the same way after 1 – 2 month. They replaced these, and now I am on my third pair. As a result of all this, I have lost a lot of time and have had to put up with defective hearing aids for more than half the time I have owned them. When I call ReSound to discuss this, I get no specific information. My audiologist has also called to find out what the problem is/was, and gets no useful information. Anyone else having problems with ReSound?

  17. Im new to all this (mild to moderate hearing loss both ears) and as informative as I find your videos, I am overwhelmed by all the (especially the technological) information. Because of it I'm immobilized from making any decision. I was told if I wait, that aids may not be as effective. I have no idea where to start. The audiologist at the ENT's office…..I just don't trust….I feel like she just wants to sell me something. I take it that you wouldn't be recommending Eargo or Nano, but they are tempting because of the price. Help!

  18. When I saw my first couple of videos by Dr. Cliff, I thought it was a transparent attempt to drum up business, and channel it to his office. After watching dozens of his videos, I've decided he is the best source for really good information that I've found on youtube – and I've spent many hours searching. Now instead of thinking the videos are self-serving, I just wish I lived somewhere close to where his office is, so I could make use of his service and expertise. Thanks Dr. Cliff!!!

  19. My brother in law a famous retinal doctor recommended Rechargeable hearing aid s called Phonation.

  20. Good info, Doc. Thank You. Being musician for over 40 years and being 63 I have lost the high end of my hearing mosting in my right ear. I use in ear monitors that plug up my ears fairly when performing and try to keep the volume as low as I can but I still need to hear certain instruments for musical cues. I still hear the band over all but the volume is greatly diminished and wondering if that is still contributing to hear loss. Are there any specific brands for musicians? Thank You.

  21. This is an awesome service you provide! I really respect the fact that you inform everyone about REM in every video you produce. I feel that the more you educate the general public about this, the more it will transform the industry into doing best practices. Keep it up!

  22. Does anyone have an opinion on miracle ear? I had a hearing test with them today and the cost of the aids are pretty outrageous.

  23. Terrific comparison. How about including a written matrix comparison of the features? That, coupled with a user reviews, would make you the top hearing aid analyst in the world, in my opinion.

  24. How about Kirkland from Costco, plays with my iPhone. I tried some of the others you spoke of, and did not like the sound as compared to the Kirkland.

  25. When you listed the good points of the #1 hearing aid, you said it was the only one that worked with both android and I-phones. But in listing the good points of #2, I believe you said it was usable with an android. Which is correct?

  26. I have a concert to go to in four days and have no time for an advanced hearing aid. I have miner hearing loss in one ear. I have no smartphone. I need a short-term alternative. to tide me over. An amplifier may be enough. I will need something in two or three days.Any suggestions?

  27. I have been described as a “Bull in a China Shop”. I therefore worry about the sturdiness of these hearing aids. If I’m spending 3-4 grand on a pair of hearing aids, i don’t want something that’s going to give up the ghost in six months. Is my concern justified?

  28. Thank you for your great videos! Just discovered you which has been a true blessing since I found out a few days ago I need hearing aides. You have been a wealth of information and feel I am informed and equipped to take control of my hearing health. I have shared your videos with several other people that struggle with hearing loss and "thought" they had all the answers. Keep the videos coming and keep giving back to the world, not many people like you out there… it is very refreshing!

  29. Thanks for the Video. I Recently visited Audiologist too and tried Phonak Marvel that was around $6700, and was also checking out on line Audicus clara. which I was told by the sales man it was as good as Phonak Marvel which he compared to Toyota and audicus clara as Lexus . Can you please advise me if that is true? since the price difference is almost $4000. What is the difference between two? Thanks for your help

  30. Hi Doctor Cliff! I'm needing hearing aids; I have probably 70% loss in right ear (= stone deaf) and maybe 30-40% loss left ear. About 4 years ago my brother gave me his Beltones which he upgraded out of. They are probably about 5 years old, he only used them for about a year. Is it worth it for me to try to have these reprogrammed, and get tested and refitted by a local audiologist who deals with & will agree to revive these Beltones…or is that a dumb exercise? Is it your opinion that an audiologist would agree to do such a thing?

  31. I am about to decide on the Livio, 2400 in particular, as I want to try the rechargeable version over the 1600 battery version. I have been a lifelong hearing aid user since college days. I have loss in both ears, about 30% loss in both. I have used in-the-ear hearing aids for nearly 20 years and prefer them over behind-the-ear aids – I wore that version in the 80’s and 90’s. However, a couple of audiologists I have visited recently have advised that I get the behind-the-ear aids, given the severity of my hearing loss. And these newer, lighter weight, rechargeable versions are indeed appealing. I can see that you like the Livio Ai, but do you think as highly of the Livio 2400 and 1600 battery version? Also, after I do the 30 day trial and if I decide against the behind-the-ear version, what do you think of Picasso, even though I can see from this video you are impressed with the Phonak Titanium as in-canal hearing aid? The final aid you reviewed in the video you gave #1, I will look into it as an option, but my insurance limits me to the Starkey brand, so Livio and Picasso look to be my likely choices.

  32. I have been wearing a hearing aid since i was 5 yrs old. I just want a simple hearing aid that does not cost me a arm & a leg!

  33. With the forthcoming M90 RT or with any rechargeable aid for that matter, is there a back up if power is lost at home or in the office, say, in a storm? I live near the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast. My concern with purchasing the RT in the near future is its dependency on a grid power source vs batteries.

  34. My hearing too much i want less my hernig ..any body know what should i do ? I cant use ear plucg.

  35. So, not Eargo Neo? I'm getting those for mild to moderate hearing loss. I think they seem to be pretty revolutionary. I don't need the bluetooth connectivity to TV or phone calls etc.

  36. What about waterproof? Sometimes I have stepped into the shower n was rubbing shampoo into my hair when I noticed I had forgotten to take them out because I heard my hand so clearly. I am afraid that one day I will get them water-logged.

  37. Is there a good hearing aide for nerve damage? My momma got pushed into a pool when she was 4, put into a coma, and as a result has hearing damage. Regular hearing aides don't seem to work for her, and there aren't any surgical options that I'm aware of. Does anyone have advice or knowledge that I don't in regards to nerve damage related hearing loss? Thank you

  38. Wow I’m just starting to see what I need. I like the app feature notice you didn’t mention Eargo brand. On another search it came up first. I’m so afraid of choosing wrong one.

  39. I want to say thanks for the great review of hearing aids. I am from Russia, here we have no information at all in this topic. Only through experts. Thanks to you, I learned new technologies in the development of hearing aids. Continue, please, tell the world about new products, help people with hearing loss. You are doing a noble cause.

    Хочется сказать спасибо за великолепный обзор слуховых аппаратов. Я из России, здесь у нас вообще нет никакой информации в этой теме. Только через специалистов. Благодаря вам я узнал новые технологии в развитии слуховых аппаратов. Продолжайте, пожалуйста, рассказывать миру о новинках, помогать людям с потерей слуха. Вы делаете благородное дело.

  40. I tried Oticon.I have 10% hearing in my left ear and 40% in my right ear. Oticon were terrible.Found way too clear so certain pitches pierced my ear.

  41. If you have time for an opinion, is there any specific brand or aid that would be recommended for an audiophile? Accuracy is the goal. If you subscribe to the 20-20,000 hertz range of human hearing, is there an aid that would work best with that range in mind? Thank you.

  42. Hi I have an idea and better designers. Without a cochlear implant I don't believe in and damage the brain nerves and hearing.aids. to waste money on Medicaid or insurance that you have to pay over 3,000 to replacement. We can not afford to pay less than 2 years to repairs. How about something new … you.can Only one small ears aid. Something a new.create. avoid sweat or waters. I want to learn how to maintenance this a better quality and better offers.

  43. Hi there, do you know about Starkey Picasso IIC or Starkey Soundlens IIC? If so, any opinion on those or if they are good? I have been fitted for the Soundlens IIC so just wondering.

  44. I have moderate hearing loss in my right ear and my left ear is a little worse. I was fitted with the Resound GN about 2 weeks ago. Since I have never worn them before, I didn't know what to expect from these hearing aids. The first couple of days I thought they should be called Sound Amplifiers instead because of how loud everything was. But after wearing them and playing with the volume adjustment I think I will keep them. I was debating returning them and buying a pair on-line for $200 until I watched a couple of DR. Cliff's videos. After watching the videos and reading the comments (especially from Keith Howe) I am convinced that I have bought the best hearing aids for my needs. Thanks for the videos Doc!

  45. Thank you so much for such a thorough and honest explanation of the current hearing aids that made it on your list.
    Would you know if these hearing aid companies will design their hearing aid into a CIC in the near future ?
    Oticon OPN S
    Phonak Virto B-Titanium
    Phonak Audeo Marvel
    ReSound LiNX Quattro

  46. I have been trial fitted with a phonak marvel set and it does android streaming & phone calls reasonably well. When streaming the sound flicks from ear to ear, why is that? I have the smallest possible bud on the reciever for fit. They really poke into the sides of my ear canals & give me a headache. This is because the wires make the recievers point into the side of the canals, rather than align forward, along the ear canals. To add insult to injury, the little nub that the bud sits on points EVEN FURTHER BACKWARD! This is a fundamental design fault & it is a fault that other brands share as well. I will be unable to benefit from hearing aids until some designer wakes up to the problem, l am returning mine at my next appointment, unless my fitter can swap the recievers over to opposite aids & rebend the wires. My neighbour has the same problem with hers.

  47. Dr. Cliff, would you have a spreadsheet type format for your video on the 7 best hearing aids of 2019 to compare?

  48. So like everything else in life, if you have money you get to hear, and if you are poor, you are f&^%ed! You also have to have some kind I phone. This country has turned in nothing but a bunch of greedy scumbags, who don't really care about your health, and well-being, but how much they can charge you!

  49. Hey Dr Cliff I have a question, I have a hearing loss in my left ear is there any hearing aid that can cut off the surrounding sound 100% ??

  50. Dr.Cliff i have a question.
    I have hearing loss and my right ear is 3 lvl and left is 2 lvl deaf. plus i have tinnitus for 4 years not everyday day but years.
    how to care my hearing and increase my hearing ?

  51. It kinda annoys me that you have to pay more for better quality when it is the exact same hearing aid.

  52. My wife is diagnosed with otosclerosis. The hearing condition on the right ear is much worse than on the left ear. She is not decided for surgery yet and to go for a hearing aide instead. Are there any particular concerns in selecting the hearing aids for patients with otosclerosis?

  53. I have been using behind the ear hearing aids for about 15 years but, being very active,l have problems losing them and not hearing well when in situations with a lot of background noise.I am now trying a CIC type and am finding that it seems to provide much better hearing but would rather not spend the $4200 they will cost me if there are other viable options. Any thoughts?

  54. The cost is nuts when you consider that we can buy high-quality off-the-shelf wireless earbuds for a few hundred $. It’s a monopoly ring that’s for sure.

  55. Any musicians out there have a favorite? I play the horn and I'm trying to figure out which would be a good fit for an active brass player.

  56. I have worn Lyrics for the last three years, and enjoyed the invisible amplification, the ability to "turn them off" (especially for long plane rides), and not needing to take them out very often. However, I have struggled with whistling and occlusion/extreme pressure in my ear that feels like suctioning sometimes (I'm guessing tied to my frequent air travel for work), and so recently visited an audiologist to see what other options there were. They recommended Audeo m-90Rs (and said my left ear with more moderate hearing loss might be at the edge of Lyric range), which seem like a great option with Bluetooth capabilities, BUT they're not invisible. Is there any reason they wouldn't have recommended the Virto B Titanium?

  57. I have a question my insurance refuses to cover hearing aids (they said it’s not in their plan but can’t change plans because it’s what is offered thru my husbands company)…..so I’ve been forced to use over the counter aids (I know I know they aren’t a good thing to use but what else can I do because I can’t afford $6,000 and the doc office doesn’t have a payment plan!) I don’t live close to you so can’t come for a visit. But what is your suggestion because not everybody can afford the high prices!

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