As of 2014, the Virto Q 90, Audeo Q 90, Naida Q 90 and Bolero Q 90, all created by Phonak, were highly recommended by professionals and people working within the hearing impaired community. Unitron and Starkey also had models that featured well in reviews, particularly for cheaper models.Continue Reading
While consumer reviews are often the best way to use products, the limited market for hearing aids means that for many models there are not enough reviews to build a coherent picture. Additionally, hearing is a very personal matter, and the benefits that one person gets from an aid differ from those gained by another, so comparisons can be difficult.
The companies that score well in professional reviews tend to be established firms with good warranty and support policies. This is important, as aftercare for an aid is vital to ensure that it works well for the particular user and continues to be of most benefit throughout its working life. Some companies that focus on the electronics may score well initially, such as Siemens, but if their expertise is not in medical devices, the aftercare may be less satisfactory.
Additional concerns such as the range of accessories available and the control mechanisms, such as via iPad, may also affect the user's choice. It is best to do direct comparisons and, preferably, tests of several models before choosing the appropriate one for a given user's needs.Learn more about Older Adults