Aids > Top Brands
2. Sonic Innovations
4. GN ReSound
lot of brand name manufacturers crowd the hearing aid marketplace. The
number of options can be overwhelming even for someone who has past
experience in purchasing hearing aids. Some consumer reviews are
available online, but these are neither uniform nor
consistent in their approach, quality, or analysis. Expert evaluations
are more thorough and better balanced, but often limited to one or two
brands and potentially inclusive of hidden biases. The only way to get
a complete picture is to systematically go through all of the available
information, utilizing a variety of sources. That is the approach that
we chose in compiling our top ten brands list, seen on the left.
at our ranking through a detailed and painstaking process which
involved a number of discrete steps. First, we conducted extensive
research into hearing aid product histories and reviews, pulling from
an incredibly broad spectrum of sources, including expert evaluations,
medical resources, third party assessments, and, most importantly,
consumer reviews and opinions. Second, we systematically processed this
information, particularly highlighting data points which were
corroborated by a diversity of sources. Third, we examined the
organizational backgrounds of individual hearing aid manufacturers to
try and understand each company and its approach to the science of
hearing. Fourth, we computed consumer scorecards for each brand,
calculating ratings along multiple dimensions. Fifth, we arrived at an
overall score for every brand we considered. Finally, based on the
overall score we placed the companies in our top ten list.
Ranking the top brands involved looking at the hearing aid products offered in great detail and considering a broad array of factors, including pricing, quality, technological sophistication, selection, performance, comfort, durability, features, and availability. We also made every effor to consider less tangible factors such as reputation, experience, customer service, and transparency.
Finally, we would like to remind you that our ranking represents nothing more than an informed opinion. Simply because we rank Siemens well above Beltone does not mean that a particular Siemens hearing aid will work better for you than a particular Beltone hearing aid. Ultimately, we encourage you to use the information presented on this site as just one opinion from the many that you should gather in your quest for the optimal hearing aid product. At the end of the day, you should select the brand and product with which you feel most comfortable, regardless of where it is on any ranking list.