The Go Hearing Lite is this company’s discount model. With the Go Hearing Prime as the flagship model, the Lite offers much of the same, but with less features. That hardly sounds promising, as the Go Hearing Prime didn’t really impress with its features. At $100 less, surely the Lite can’t have much left to offer.
I won’t just rely on my prejudices, though, and start this review for the Go Hearing Lite from scratch. As always, we’ll discuss key features first, and then see how it holds up in general, what possible downsides are, and finally I’ll give you a buying recommendation.
If you can’t wait for the final verdict, I have summarized my findings in a 30-second visual review. You can scroll down to the bottom of this post or click here. To see where the Lite ranks among other hearing aids, please see my page with all 30-second reviews.
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We can easily summarize the key features for this hearing aid in two bullet points: it’s cheap and it’s rechargeable. With a price of under $200, the Lite joins several other hearing aids that offer just the basics for a discount. These other hearing aids are often rechargeable, too.
The Go Hearing Lite comes in a rechargeable case that in turn charges the actual hearing aids. And this is where these hearing aids impress most: charging the hearing aid gives you 30 hours of use. That’s an impressive performance in any hearing aid.
Who is this hearing amplifier for?
With the price point and the overall tone of the brand, the Go Lite is marketed as a base model hearing aid. Which it is. I often feel that the CIC setup appeals to people who are afraid of stigmas around hearing aids, and that putting these tiny devices in your ear is a way to ease people into wearing their hearing aids. I imagine that’s the audience Go Hearing is trying to reach. Performance-wise, the Lite is designed for mild to moderate hearing loss, like other over the counter hearing aids.
How well does the Go Hearing Lite work?
Not great. This is especially clear when Go Hearing compares the Lite with its bigger brother, the Prime. Both are essentially the same model, but the Prime is equipped with a better chip. That means the Go Hearing Lite has no 100% digital processor, no preset programs, no noise reduction features, no feedback cancellation, no memory recall function, and less than 6 channels and 12 bands.
All these features are nothing fancy, but they’re usually the benchmark against which I see if hearing aids are up to PAR. As a result, the Lite isn’t up to PAR.
It does have adjustable volume, a one-year warranty, and that rechargeable case with the impressive battery life.
When we look past the hearing aids themselves, Go Hearing offers a standard 45-day trial, a one-year warranty and you can pay with FSA and HSA accounts.
What’s not to like about the Go Hearing Lite?
Unfortunately, most of this was listed in the section above. To put it in one quick sentence: the fact that it has none of the features you’d expect from a simple hearing aid. That’s a big red flag, that really never goes away.
Alternatives for the Go Hearing Lite
Luckily, there are some alternatives. The first alternative is presented by the company itself, which also sells the Go Hearing Prime. The Prime is essentially the same model, but offers all the standard features you should expect in a hearing aid. It’s also $100 more, but I would argue that you can’t really buy a good hearing aid for less than $300.
That means the Neosonic B10 and MDHearing NEO are also alternatives (for the same price as the Prime). Some Bluetooth hearing aids such as the BT Pods are also in a similar price range, but they have their own issues.
Should you buy the Go Hearing Lite?
Not really. You can buy plenty of over the counter hearing aids on Amazon, often for a steep discount. Most of those devices never reach the same level as the models from bigger and more reputable companies out there. The Go Hearing Lite comes from such a bigger and more reputable company, but also fails to deliver. The Lite is really no different than those cheap hearing aids – although it offers much better customer support.
The Go Lite is available for $199 (excluding tax). Prices can change, so check the current price here.
You can buy a dehumidifier jar for $10 and an accessories kit for $16. Both are good prices for what they offer.
That could be. Depending on your store, Walmart sells some hearing aids, among which the Go Hearing brand.