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. The changes that were there, were nevertheless exciting: most models were cheaper, some new models were introduced, and technology rapidly made better hearing aids available for everyone.
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: MDHearing VOLT MAX
In the first five months of 2022, the Otofonix Sona took this spot. In June, MDHearing’s latest model quickly took over. As you can read in my review for the MDHEaring VOLT MAX, this model combines every feature in its generation. It’s a true smart model and offers more features than other comparable models, while costing about the same.
Read the full MDHearing VOLT MAX 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: Lexie Lumen
Now this is a toss up between the Lexie Lumen and the MDHearing at the top of this page. This one is a little more expensive and requires regular batteries, so it doesn’t offer the same sharp price. Still, it gives you the best hearing aid you can buy for less than $1000.
Learn more about this hearing aid in the Lexie Lumen 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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