At the end of each of my reviews for hearing aids, I provide a visual 30-second review. For the reader who is looking for something specific, trying to avoid something specific or just trying to avoid reading altogether, these 30-second reviews give a quick overview of the pros and cons of each model hearing aid.
On this page, I’ll put all these visual 30-second hearing aid reviews to get an even better overview. Clicking the picture will lead to the full review page, whereas the ‘Check Current Price’ button will send you straight to the best place to buy the specific model hearing aid. The pictures are shown roughly in order of recommendation, putting the most favorable reviews on top.
The Lexie B1 Bose was almost the perfect hearing aid under $1,000, but didn’t have the rechargeable batteries. This newer model fixed that, and gives you all the features of the first one, too. Count on around $999 for the price.
Buy if: you want the best over the counter hearing aid (for now).
Although a bit older by mid-2023, the Neosonic MX-RIC is still an impressive model. It combines a lot of base features, and has an attractive price point around $549.
Buy if: you want good value for money.
Just like the MX-RIC, the Otofonix Sona is a bit older, which makes sense with the price point (around $395). It has a few bells and whistles, but you’ll miss out on the latest features.
Buy if: you’re looking for a discount model with some bells and whistles.
The MDHearing NEO is a popular budget model for around $300. Budget model here also means you’re missing out on some features, but the baseline is excellent.
Buy if: you’re looking for a CIC budget model.
Lucid Hearing fio
The Lucid Hearing fio is a fancier CIC model. It’s a great alternative for the popular Eargo OTC hearing aids, but costs less than $1,000 (at $999). That also means it has fewer features, but it’s still a good all-round option.
Buy if: you want a cheaper alternative for an Eargo hearing aid.
The Olive SmartEar Plus is one of the best hearing aids for streaming music (and other audio) straight from your phone. Its biggest drawback was its price, but Olive has introduced a refurbished model, which means you can get started from $299 (or go for the original price of $1,059).
Buy if: you want the best hearing aid for music streaming.
The Go Hearing Ultra is another streaming hearing aid. At around $500, it offers a lot of features and comes from a reputable company.
Buy if: you want a good streaming hearing aid for a good price.
The Sony CRE-C10 is one example of what happens when a major brand starts dabbling into the OTC hearing aids space. These small CIC devices have a lot of features. Most notably, the Sony CRE-C10 automatically adapts the sound settings to your environment.
Buy if: you want a next-generation hearing aid with conventional batteries.
The Jabra Enhance Plus also comes from an established brand, in this case a brand known for normal earbuds. As you may expect, that means you can also listen to music on the Jabra Enhance Plus hearing aids – if you have an iPhone. Four microphones also give you good audio quality for the hearing aids proper.
Buy if: you want the best hearing aid to listen to music.
The Lexie B1 Bose hearing aid could be higher in this list, since it’s great on all fronts. The reason it’s not? On top of the list, the B2 is basically the same hearing aid, but rechargeable. That makes the B1 essentially a discounted version.
Buy if: you don’t mind the conventional batteries and want to save on the Lexie B2.
The Go Hearing Prime is nothing that special. It is, however, less than $300 for the pair. That combination makes it an interesting choice for people looking for discount hearing aids. Don’t expect anything fancy, but a good overall experience.
Buy if: you don’t want the MDHearing NEO but you want the $300 CIC hearing aids