The Eargo 6 is the latest model by Eargo, a quite exciting company with quite exciting models. A few years ago, I reviewed the Eargo Neo. It is still one of the best non-prescription hearing aids on the market. Its price point back then was significantly higher than other models, and the Eargo 6 also costs well over $2,500.
Why bother reviewing the Eargo 6 if it’s about four times as much as the best-rated hearing aid of 2022? Two reasons. One, I want you to have an accurate overview of the non-prescription hearing aids market – you may want to buy the Eargo 6. And two, this version is full of exciting technologies that will probably be more common in years to come.
In this Eargo 6 review, we’ll look at the key features that set this hearing aid apart, look at the pros and cons and discuss some alternatives before giving you a buying recommendation. As always, I’ve summarized all the details in a quick 30-second visual review at the bottom of this article
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Key features of the Eargo 6 Hearing Aids
Eargo prides itself on innovative features, and the 6 is no exception. You can’t get around the main key feature, which is that the Eargo 6 is waterproof. Now, we’ve seen other water resistant models, but the Eargo 6 is water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1 meter. That’s right, you can (technically) submerge these hearing aids without breaking them. Great for when you’re doing the dishes the old-fashioned way, feeding your pet lobster, or are prone to dropping gadgets in the toilet.
The Eargo 6 also features new ways in which the model adjusts to your environment. While you still have the option to control the hearing aids from your smartphone app, you don’t need to anymore. The devices detect a different environment and adapt accordingly.
Who is this hearing aid for?
The Eargo 6 is the Ferrari among the non-prescription hearing aids. If you want simply the best, you should pick the Eargo. Yes, you pay more, but you get more power, a sleek model, and unmatched customer support. On the technical side, you get futuristic options, such as tapping your ear to change the program. With a 31 dB peak gain, the Eargo 6 works to combat moderate hearing loss.
How well does the Eargo 6 Hearing Aid work?
Like a charm. You get four pre-programmed listening modes, but part of setting up the Eargo includes a self test. This test takes place on the app. While it doesn’t replace meeting with a professional audiologist, it ensures that the device is set up to reflect your needs. The sound quality is what you’d expect of a $2,500 model, and it comes with the regular bells and whistles, such as feedback cancellation and noise filters.
This model uses the charging case setup we’ve seen in other models, too. You charge the charging case, which in turn charges the hearing aids for (in this case) 16 hours of use.
The Eargo 6 comes with a 2-year warranty and a 45-day trial. Lifetime support is included with the devices, and the company makes sure that you talk to someone trained and qualified.
With the earlier Eargo model I reviewed, I remember complaining about the warranty stipulations for Eargo. They haven’t changed much, but the Eargo 6 has a two-year warranty instead of one year. Within the warranty, Eargo doesn’t charge for repairing or replacing your device. Outside of the warranty, they will replace or repair it for $295. The same policy applies to your charger.
What’s not to like about the Eargo 6?
First, a weird note. Damage from immersion in water is not covered by the warranty. I guess you’re supposed to trust that they can be immersed.
Second, there’s nothing not to like. Yeah, yeah, they’re expensive. They’re not the best value for money, but they’re a great gadget and a great hearing aid. If you want the best and are willing to pay for it, these are top notch. For everyone else, consider one of the alternatives below.
Hearing aids that are good alternatives
If you like the 6, but you want a slightly better deal, try the Eargo Neo. You can’t immerse these in water, and they don’t adapt to your environment, but they’re an older generation of the same brand. It comes with the same care and quality. The Eargo 5, this model’s predecessor, is really there to make this one look better. For a step up, try the newer Eargo 7.
The only other quality hearing aid that fits entirely in your ear is the Lucid Hearing fio, which looks a lot like Eargo’s models. The same idea, but in a completely different league, is the MDHearing NEO. That one doesn’t have the fancy features that the Eargo 6 offers, but costs about 15% of the Eargo.
Other alternatives are less high tech, but still offer a significantly lower price. For other waterproof hearing aids, consider the Neosonic MX-RIC. The Neosonic MX-Smart is also rechargeable and features the smartphone setup. To only get the smart functionality, I recommend the Otofonix Sona.
Should you buy the Eargo 6?
You should, if you’ve got the money and love gadgets. I understand the Eargo 6 is eligible for HSA purchases, but it’s best to verify that with the customer service on their website. Yes, they are worth the money, but that doesn’t mean everyone will want to spend it. For all those other people, there are plenty of fine alternatives.
Without the tab, the devices are 13.9mm with a 6.8mm diameter – marginally bigger than a jelly bean (which is 12.7mm by 6.35mm).
Right now, the price is $2,650, but that can change daily. Check here for the latest price.
No, you can adjust settings through Bluetooth, but not listen to music or take phone calls.