Every year, I like to make an overview of the best hearing aids (non-prescription hearing aids, to be precise) on the market. Where 2021 was a year with big changes, 2022 saw fewer changes, until October. On October 17th, 2022, over-the-counter hearing aids were finally available. Especially Lexie celebrated this fact with a great model, but other companies still held an important presence.
The best hearing aid in 2022 depends partly on your personal needs, which is why I’ve divided this article into four categories: best hearing aid for the money, my personal favorite, the best budget hearing aid, and the best overall hearing aid (without regard for budget).
Best hearing aid for the money: Lexie B2 Powered by Bose
The Lexie B1 Powered by Bose was the best hearing aid overall, but its successor takes this top spot. Why? Simple: with the B2, Lexie decided to offer a rechargeable hearing aid. That means there isn’t a single reason left NOT to name the Lexie B2 Powered by Bose the best hearing aid in 2022.
Read the full Lexie Powered by Bose review here.
Best hearing aid – editor’s pick: Neosonic MX-RIC
The Neosonic MX-RIC has moved down a spot compared to last year. Not because the model is any worse, but because the Sona lowered its price. Nevertheless, the Neosonic MX-RIC is still a favorite here. It offers the RIC configuration many people prefer over the standard BTE, dual microphones, and a charging base that eliminates batteries forever. As a special key feature, the MX-RIC has an IP65 water resistance rating to prevent plenty of accidents.
Read the review for the Neosonic MX-RIC here.
Best budget hearing aid: Neosonic B10
The Neosonic B10 was last year’s editor’s pick and therefore also moved down a spot. The B10 costs a bit more than a traditional budget model, but with the changing market, this model gives you a great hearing aid for a really attractive price. It has all the neat features normally present in more expensive model, including a rechargeable traveling case and dual microphones. Its extra power makes this Neosonic the most decibel per dollar I know of.
Read the full review for the Neosonic B10.
Best overall hearing aids – runner-up: MDHearing VOLT MAX
The MDHearing VOLT MAX used to be on top of this page. Technically, the hearing aids are essentially the same. It’s Lexie’s customer support and consumer journey that makes it the better choice.
Learn more about this hearing aid in the MDHearing VOLT MAX review.
Aside from these best hearing aids, there are some other models worth a look:
- The Otofonix Groove combines the Otofonix Sona with a rechargeable battery, which makes it the perfect combination.
- The Neosonic MX Smart is the competitive twin of the Otofonix Groove. Price check the other before you buy the one.
- The Banglijian Ziv-201 is still going strong. It doesn’t live up to newer expectations, but does offer a true budget model of around $200 a pair.
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