Best Hearing Aids

Clinic Compare have put together this guide on the best hearing aids to make it easier for you to find out information on the leading hearing aid brands, models and providers.

To compare prices of hearing aids from the best local and national providers in your area, fill in the form at the top of this page.


What Are Some Of The Best Hearing Aid Brands 2017?

With so many different brands available on the market, it can be challenging to decide which brand of hearing aid you should buy. Clinic Compare has researched opinion from hearing care specialists to find out which brands are the best.

Based on factors including durability, technology, appearance and wearer satisfaction, we have identified the following highly recommended hearing aid brands:

  • Bernafon
  • Oticon
  • Phonak
  • ReSound
  • Siemens
  • Starkey
  • Unitron
  • Widex

What Are Some Of The Best Hearing Aids?

Clinic Compare has researched opinion from hearing care specialists and hearing aid wearers to determine some of the best hearing aids on the market today, across a range of fitting styles. Our recommendations are purely based on the quality of the hearing aid’s features and wearer satisfaction, rather than the price of a hearing aid.

To find out more about the different styles of hearing aids, visit our types of hearing aids page.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

BTE Hearing Aid Digital No Whistling Personalised Sound Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
ReSound Magna 4
Widex Unique 440
Phonak Audeo B90
Oticon Dynamo 10

The ReSound Magna 4, Widex Unique 440, Phonak B90 and Oticon Dynamo 10 hearing aids are all digital and prevent whistling interference.

The Widex Unique 440 and Oticon Dynamo 10 also have wireless connectivity, which allows two hearing aids to operate together as one complete system to improve sound quality and enables wearers to connect to digital devices such as smartphones.

Receiver In-The-Ear (RITE) Hearing Aids

RITE Hearing Aid Digital Wind Block Personalised Sound Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
Starkey Z Series
Phonak B90
Siemens Pure 701
Oticon Nera2 Pro

The Starkey Z Series, Phonak B90, Siemens Pure 701 and Oticon Nera2 Pro are all digital hearing aids that have been designed to reduce wind interference for a feedback-free listening experience. All also have personalised channels to adapt to different sound environments to enhance hearing clarity across a range of scenarios.

The Starkey Z Series and Siemens Pure 701 also have wireless connectivity which allows two hearing aids to operate together and allows wearers to connect to digital devices such as smartphones and music players.

In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

ITE Hearing Aid Automatic Programmes No Whistling Tinnitus Management Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
Widex Unique 440
ReSound LiNX2 9
Unitron Stride Pro
Starkey Muse

The Widex Unique 440, ReSound Linx2 9, Unitron Stride Pro and Starkey Muse all have a feedback cancellation system to prevent whistling interference, and have automatic programmes which adapt the hearing aid to different sound environments. All also have technology to reduce the irritating buzzing effects of tinnitus.

All except the Unitron Stride Pro have wireless connectivity to improve sound quality and enable the wearer to connect to digital bluetooth devices including smartphones.

In-The-Canal (ITC) Hearing Aids

ITC Hearing Aid Tinnitus Management Wind Block Automatic Programmes Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
Starkey Z Series
Unitron North Pro
ReSound LiNX2 9
Widex Unique 220

The Starkey Z Series, Unitron North Pro, ReSound Linx2 9 and Widex Unique 220 hearing aids reduce interference from wind and have personalised programmes to adapt to different sound environments. All of them include technology to manage tinnitus.

They also all have wireless bluetooth connectivity which allows them to connect to digital devices such as smartphones and televisions, to enable you to hear them more clearly.

Completely In-The-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

CIC Hearing Aid Digital No Whistling Personalised Sound Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
ReSound LiNX2 9
Widex Unique 220
Bernafon Juna 9
Starkey Z Series

The ReSound Linx2 9, Widex Unique 220, Bernafon Juna 9 and Starkey Z series are all digital hearing aids which have been designed to reduce whistling interference to produce a feedback-free listening experience.

All also have personalised channels to adapt to different sound environments to optimise audio performance across a range of scenarios. All except the Bernafon Juna 9 also have wireless bluetooth connectivity.


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What Are Some Of The Best Hearing Aid Providers 2017?

There are many hearing aid providers in the UK, so choosing which one to use to manage your hearing loss can be difficult. Clinic Compare has extensively researched customer opinion to provide you with a comprehensive review of some of the best hearing aid providers.

We have included information on the key features of each provider, including the types of hearing aids they offer and what brands they stock.

You can fill out the form at the top of this page to compare hearing aids from the UK's best providers. It only takes a minute!

Bloom


bloom logo

Bloom stores are accessible in over 50 locations across England and Wales, and stock a wide range of hearing aids from Widex and Starkey. They offer free hearing tests in a local branch or in the comfort of your own home, with no obligation to buy their hearing aids.

Should you decide to purchase a hearing aid, Bloom offer a free trial which allows you to try on a pair of hearing aids for two weeks before you buy, to test how they fit in with your lifestyle. They also offer payment plans to allow you to spread the cost of your hearing aid, and free lifetime aftercare as a standard. Read Review

Number of Stores 50
Types Provided BTE, RITE, ITE, CIC, Invisible
Brands Provided Starkey, Widex
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Amplifon


amplifon logo

Amplifon stock a full range of hearing aid types from ReSound, Phonak and Widex. With over 200 local branches and hearing care centres across the UK, you won’t have to travel far to get to a store. However, if travelling is difficult for you they do provide home visits at no extra cost.

Amplifon offer free hearing tests and access to a free lifetime aftercare programme which includes hearing aid maintenance and regular hearing reassessments. They also allow you to trial your hearing aids for free with no obligation to buy to help you determine whether they are the right ones for you. Read Review

Number of Stores 200
Types Provided BTE, RITE, ITE, ITC, CIC, Invisible
Brands Provided ReSound, Phonak, Widex
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Hidden Hearing


hidden hearing logo

Hidden Hearing have 84 stores located across the UK and stock hearing aids from over five brands including Oticon, Starkey and Siemens. Hidden Hearing offer free hearing tests with no obligation to buy their hearing aids.

Should you buy a hearing aid from them, they offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all their hearing aids. They also provide a free lifetime hearing care service and free five star service aftercare, in which they carry out a full servicing of you hearing aid and check your hearing health.

Number of Stores 84
Types Provided BTE, RITE, ITE, ITC, CIC, Invisible
Brands Provided Starkey, Siemens, ReSound, Oticon, Widex, Bernafon
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Boots


boots logo

Boots have over 450 stores on high streets across the UK, and stock a wide range of hearing aids from Starkey, Phonak, Widex and Unitron. They offer free hearing tests and a 30 day money back guarantee if you decide the hearing aids you choose aren’t right for you. All their hearing aids come with at least a one year product guarantee.

Boots also provide their customers with a lifetime of aftercare including follow-up appointments, hearing aid servicing and hearing reassessments, and offer interest free monthly payment plans to enable you to spread the cost of your hearing aid. Read Review

Number of Stores 490
Types Provided BTE, RITE, ITE, ITC, CIC, Invisible
Brands Provided Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Unitron
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Specsavers


specsavers logo

Specsavers have 400 stores located on high streets nationwide, and stock hearing aids from Siemens, Phonak, Widex and Advance, a range of hearing solutions exclusive to Specsavers.

They offer free hearing tests with no obligation to buy a hearing aid. All their hearing aids come with an aftercare package, including free batteries for four years, a 90 day money back satisfaction period and free aftercare appointments for as long as you need them. Read Review

Number of Stores 400
Types Provided BTE, RITE, ITE, ITC, CIC, Invisible
Brands Provided Siemens, Phonak, Widex, Advance
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Scrivens


scrivens logo

Scrivens have 300 high street branches, with access to their hearing service available in over 250 locations in the UK. They offer free hearing tests to all their customers, and stock a range of hearing aids from Starkey and Bernafon.

Should you purchase a hearing aid from them, Scrivens offer interest-free payment plans over 12 months with only a 15% upfront fee, to help you spread the cost of your hearing aid. They also provide free hearing aftercare with their audiologists. Read Review

Number of Stores 300
Types Provided BTE, RITE, ITE, ITC, CIC
Brands Provided Starkey, Bernafon
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Local Independents

There are approximately 500 local independent hearing aid retailers across the UK that stock a full range of different hearing aid styles from leading brands including ReSound, Starkey and Unitron.

Audiologists at local independents will have specific training in all hearing related matters including a Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser (RHAD) accreditation.

We recommend going to ones who are members of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA), the largest group of professionals in independent hearing care in the UK who believe in delivering the highest level of patient care.

Number of Stores 500
Types Provided BTE, RITE, ITE, ITC, CIC, Invisible
Brands Provided Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Unitron, Siemens, Oticon, ReSound, Bernafon
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Why Does It Matter Where I Get My Hearing Aid From?

Your hearing is hugely important to your quality of life and therefore giving it the respect it needs by getting your hearing aid from a trusted specialist is absolutely vital.

audiologist showing a patient the best hearing aids

In many ways, choosing the right retailer is more important than your choice of hearing aid brand. Especially if you wear a hearing aid all the time and need regular contact with your hearing expert.

You want to choose a retailer that you feel you can build an ongoing relationship with that you can trust to point you in the right direction. A hearing aid specialist should provide you with clear recommendations so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment.

They should be able to answer all your questions and offer guidance during your appointments with you. They should also be there to offer support if you experience any problems with the fitting or sound of your hearing aid.


What Should I Consider When Choosing A Private Audiologist?

An audiologist is a healthcare professional who specialises in diagnosing and treating hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. Their work involves a variety of assessment techniques and advising on treatment methods such as hearing aids.

Audiologists will have specific training in all hearing related matters including a Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser (RHAD) accreditation.

When you are researching and looking for a private audiologist to consult you on your hearing loss and recommend the right hearing aid for you, it’s important to ask these questions:

  • Do they receive any financial incentives to fit any particular brand? You want an impartial and professional opinion rather than being swayed into choosing a hearing aid that only has financial benefit to them.

  • Are they RHAD accredited? The law dictates that all hearing aid dispensers must be fully qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Check the audiologist has the letters RHAD after their name.

  • Do they have a long-standing reputation and good reviews? Established audiologists that have solid experience in the field as well as those that come by personal recommendation are worth considering.

  • Is it easy to get appointment and do they offer follow-ups? Check how the consultations are organised. Will they continue to stay in touch after the first appointment?

  • Are they local and easy to get to? Finding an audiologist that is accessible to you will make life easier when it comes to follow-ups.

  • Do you feel like you could build a long-term relationship with them? Wearing hearing aids are a long-term solution and therefore you will need to assess whether you feel your audiologist is the right fit for you.

How To Receive Hearing Aids From A Private Retailer

Many people in the UK opt to receive their hearing aids from a private retailer rather than waiting for a referral from a GP. This means that you can select a retailer yourself and benefit from their advice and consultation.

The process will begin with a hearing test by a registered hearing aid specialist. Some private retailers offer a free hearing test whilst others will charge you depending on the level of the diagnostic procedure.

In addition to a hearing test you will also be asked questions related to your medical history along with an examination of your ear canal and ear drum to give the hearing aid expert the best overview of your hearing level.

Once this full assessment is complete, the results will be explained to you in full detail as well as an initial consultation about the next steps.

For hearing loss causes such as old age or damage caused by exposure to loud noise, you can be recommended a hearing aid to try directly after the test has finished. If the hearing aid specialist believes your hearing loss to be caused by a medical issue such as infection or buildup of earwax, they will advise you to first visit your GP.

You will receive advice and recommendations on which hearing aid to choose that suits your budget and hearing loss type. Private hearing aids can range from between £395 to £3,495 and vary in spec. You can read our page on hearing aid prices for additional information and guidance.

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