At the end of each of our reviews for hearing aids, we 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 amplifier. On this page, we’ve gathered all these visual 30-second 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 in order of recommendation, putting the most favorable review on top.
For a quick overview of the best hearing aids of 2023, click here.
Lexie B2 Bose
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.
Buy if: you want the best over the counter hearing aid (for now).
MDHearing VOLT MAX
Now, technically, I don’t know if I think the MDHearing VOLT MAX is better than the Lexie B1 below, but it’s cheaper and has essentially all the same bells and whistles. It’s why the MDHearing VOLT MAX is the best value hearing aid in 2023 – for now.
Buy if: you want the most features in an over the counter hearing aid per dollar spent.
Lexie B1 Bose
The Lexie B1 Bose is an improvement upon the runner-up in this list. It has many of the same features, but offers self-fitting technology and an RIC configuration that aids the sound clarity. Again, I’m willing to overlook that it’s non-rechargeable.
Buy if: you want the Lexie B2 Bose, but hope to save some money.
The Lexie Lumen lists an impressive amount of features. In fact, it’s so impressive that I’d overlook the fact that it’s not rechargeable. To find out more details, click here.
Buy if: you want one of the best non-prescription hearing aids currently on the market – and/or the telecoil function.
It proved incredibly hard to find something wrong with the Neosonic MX-RIC. Not only is it an updated version of the already great Neosonic MX, but it offers better sound, water resistance, and a quick charge. Read the full review for the Neosonic MX-RIC.
Buy if: you’re looking for the best over-the-counter hearing amplifier or if you love being outdoors and are afraid sweat or rain will ruin your hearing aids.
Otofonix Sona Hearing Amplifier
The Otofonix Sona used to compete with the Neosonic SF. Now that the SF has been replaced, it offers a good deal on a good hearing aid with self-fitting technology.
Buy if: you want a self-fitting hearing aid for a good price.
Olive SmartEar Plus
The Olive SmartEar Plus combines normal wireless headphones and a hearing aid. Its predecessor did the same thing, but the SmartEar Plus is a whole lot better.
Buy if: you’re looking to stream music and have a good hearing aid, and the price tag of around $1000 is worth it.
The Otofonix Groove combines the most important comforts of modern hearing aids and gives you a rechargeable pair of app-controlled hearing aids.
Buy if: you’re looking for the most features in one hearing aid.
The Neosonic B20 gives you all the quality of modern hearing aids. By cutting away the extras, the B20 also has a great price point.
Buy if: you want a no-thrills quality hearing aid for a good price.
Neosonic MX Smart
The Neosonic Smart and Otofonix Groove are the exact same model (we’ve seen something similar with the Neosonic MX and the Otofonix Helix, which are compared in this article). The two companies are also very similar, and this smart hearing aid is really a toss-up between these two.
Buy if: you’re looking for the most features in one hearing aid.
The Neosonix MX is a great all-round hearing amplifier. It offers dual microphones and patented technology for great sound quality. The American customer service is responsive and attentive, and the charging station will save you on batteries in the long run.
Buy if: you’re looking for a great all-round hearing amplifier and have the budget for better sound quality.
The Neosonic B10 gives you a good model for a good price. Sure, it doesn’t have the advanced features that the models above offer, but it gives you a neat travel case.
Buy if: you’re looking for a budget-friendly option that gives you a user-friendly experience.
The Eargo 6 is by far the best hearing aid on this website. Its price tag keeps it just under the top players.
Buy if: you’ve got an HSA budget to spend or you simply want the best non-prescription hearing aid on the market.
Go Hearing Prime
The Go Hearing Prime is this company’s flagship model, and makes an affordable hearing aid at just under $300. It doesn’t have a lot of features, but it does have an impressive battery life.
Buy if: battery life is very important, or you like the black color of the Go Hearing Prime better than other models’.
The MDHearingAid CORE suffers from the same drawbacks as the AIR and VOLT+. All of these are great models, but simply don’t live up to the competition anymore. In the case of the CORE, you’re paying more to miss out on rechargeable batteries.
Buy if: you hate rechargeable batteries
The Otofonix Helix offers a complete package: a great sound quality, rechargeable batteries, coming from a reputable company, extras such as dual microphones and a telecoil. As long as Otofonix keeps the price at $649, this is the best you can buy for that money.
Buy if: you’re looking for the best deal and can see yourself using the telecoil function.
The LAIWEN LP-01 is the reason you’d buy a hearing amplifier instead of a hearing aid. It offers much of the same features for a shockingly low price. It’s not a perfect device, but the best value for money you’re going to find.
Buy if: you’re looking for an all-round good model.
The MDHearingAid Volt+ is a popular hearing aid with a good baseline of features. It won’t knock you off your socks and doesn’t beat any competitors, but it offers a good experience for a good price.
Buy if: you don’t like the fancier options the competition gives you.
The Eargo Max is the base model, especially compared to the Neo or the 6. The price tag of around $1,500 is nowhere near basic, but if you know what you want, the Eargo Max might be it.
Buy if: you prefer a model without a set-up, or want the best in basic.
Eargo NEO Hearing Amplifier
The Eargo NEO is the single best hearing amplifier you can currently buy. It has everything in the device, and excellent (and lifelong) support for customers. This is the closest you’ll get to the full-service hearing aids without endless visits to the audiologist.
Buy if: you’re looking for the best of the best (and can afford it).
BT Pods Hearing Aids
The BT Pods hearing aid is a smarter hearing aid than most: it can stream sound from your phone to your hearing devices, instead of simply adjusting the sound on your smart phone. It is not a great hearing aid, but will definitely help you out if you know what you are getting.
Buy if: you think you will use the streaming function sporadically.
The ZVOX VoiceBud VB20 was almost the best hearing amplifier when it ruled the market in 2019, but still stands strong. ZVOX have changed the price to better compete, but will probably phase this one out in favor of the ZVOX VB25.
Buy if: you prefer to buy American, have trouble operating small devices, or want an upgrade compared to the LAIWEN.
The MDHearingAid AIR has sold an amazing 500,000 devices since 2012, when it was a revelation. Ten years later, the device hasn’t changed much, but the industry has. A good base model now comes with a lot more features than the AIR.
Buy if: you like golden oldies and want to buy from an established company.
Go Hearing Lite
The Go Hearing Lite hearing aid is an affordable and accessible hearing aid, but it doesn’t live up to reasonable expectations.
Buy if: you need a straight-forward sound amplifier in simple settings.
The Onebridge J-707 offers a popular configuration for a steep discount. This means you’re compromising on some features, but if that’s not a problem for you, it’s a great find.
Buy if: you’re looking to pay little for a good hearing amplifier.
The EarCentric EasyCharge looks like a fancier model, but under the hood it delivers a mediocre experience. On the other hand, if you’re looking to get a fine hearing aid for dimes on the dollar, the EasyCharge might work for you.
Buy if: you care more about cost than anything else.
Fisdemosonic Fort Pro
The Fisdemosonic Fort Pro overpromises, but it’s not clear what it delivers. Neat features like a sanitizing charging case are overshadowed by a lack of clarity and a slightly lower performance than its competitors.
Otofonix Encore Hearing Amplifier
Technically, the Otofonix Encore is a far more superior hearing amplifier than the ZVOX VoiceBud VB20. It has most of the same features as the VoiceBud, but also offers a telecoil function. The only reason it’s not top of this list is that other models offers a more attractive price.
Buy if: you’re looking for the best hearing amplifier under $500.
BT Omni Hearing Aids
The BT Omni is a smart hearing aid that offers self-fitting capabilities, app-controlled hearing aids, and the option to stream sound straight to your phone. Sounds great, and it is. Unfortunately, it’s not the best hearing aid you’ll find.
Buy if: streaming sound to your hearing aids is more important than the extras in your hearing aid.
Like many other models from Banglijian, the BL16R delivers a great value for an attractive price. The model is an updated version from their previous RIC model, and the slight upgrades earn this hearing amplifier a few points on the scale.
Buy if: you want a good RIC hearing amplifier for a good price
Otofonix Elite Hearing Amplifier
The Otofonix Elite offers everything you might be looking for in a hearing amplifier. It has a great sound quality, is easy to operate and has functionalities from a top-shelf hearing amplifier.
This is the most budget-friendly hearing amplifier worth your money. Recent updates have propelled the Banglijian BLJ-109 to the top three of this list. While it’s not the most extensive model, nor with the best sound quality, it offers a great deal for a great price. This is the best hearing amplifier for a smaller budget.
Zyon Rechargeable Hearing Amplifier
The Zyon hearing amplifier has a few good features. The most notable feature is both a pro and a con: the hearing amplifier automatically adjusts to your environment. Whether you like this, depends on your preferences. You can try it out for 45 days without any strings attached. Everything else about this model is absolutely up to par.
Liginn Rechargeable Hearing Aid
The Liginn is a rechargeable version of the HearPro iClear, but a little cheaper and less exciting – if that’s even possible.
Buy if: you’re looking for a rechargeable budget model and don’t care about extras or thrills.
BLJ Hearing Amplifier
The BLJ hearing amplifier may be small, but packs a good amount of features into your ear canal. Once you’ve got this one figured out, it’s definitely worth the smaller price.
Buy if: you have the patience to figure out the BLJ and prefer a discrete amplifier.
The Banglijian Ziv-206 is the upgraded version of the Banglijian Ziv-201P. There are no real differences between the two. Both are more powerful versions of a base model, rechargeable, and available for a good price. As the Ziv-206 is slightly newer, the behind-the-scenes improvements warrant the extra $20.
Buy if: you’re looking for a powerful hearing amplifier on a budget.
TKING Rechargeable Hearing Amplifier
The TKING rechargeable hearing amplifier is the twin of the TKING with tinnitus masker. Instead of the masker, you get a rechargeable battery. Other than that, it’s just as unremarkable.
TKING Hearing Amplifier with Tinnitus Masker
The TKING Hearing Amplifier with Tinnitus Masker has its most distinctive feature in the name. People looking to buy a tinnitus masker and a hearing amplifier can combine both in this reasonably priced model hearing amplifier. As an amplifier alone, it’s just unremarkable.
Otofonix Apex Hearing Amplifier
Banglijian Ziv-201 Hearing Amplifier
iBstone K19 Rechargeable Hearing Amplifier
The Autiphon U01 is a hit on Amazon. Less than $150 gets you adequate sound with a great battery. Even for that price, the Autiphon doesn’t give you great value for money. It’s not the worst, but your money is better spend elsewhere.
Buy if: want a cheap hearing aid with a great battery life.
TKING Mini Rechargeable J707
NewEar Rechargeable Hearing Amplifier
Enjoyee Rechargeable Hearing Amplifier
The Enjoyee is a great hearing amplifier – if you can believe the reviews. I’m willing to wager that none of those reviewers have compared the Enjoyee to any other model. It works, but only when compared to not having an amplifier at all.
Buy if: you enjoy using outdated and cumbersome technology.