Update September 2021: the Neosonic EZ is no longer available. For our best alternative, read all about their new base model: the Neosonic B10.
Reputable hearing amplifier manufacturer Neosonic has revamped their entire catalogue. Instead of the ‘good old’ Neosonic BTE hearing amplifier, it now sells the Neosonic EZ as one of four models. Although some things have stayed the same, enough has changed to write a brand-new review.
Below, we will take a look at the key features of the Neosonic EZ before discussing who benefits most from buying this hearing amplifier. Additionally, I will discuss how the device works with daily use and what downsides there are to it. Finally, I’ll give some alternatives and a final buying recommendation.
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Key features of the Neosonic EZ
In a lot of ways, the Neosonic EZ is your typical behind-the-ear hearing amplifier. There are, however, some little tricks built in that will further enhance your listening experience. The ear domes are a unique hybrid between closed ear domes and closed domes. In most hearing amplifiers, you have to choose between the more powerful closed domes and the greater risk of feedback on one hand, and less gain on the other. With the Neosonic EZ’s domes, you get the gain of a closed dome and the comfort of an open dome.
Who is this hearing amplifier for?
With a peak gain of 45 dB, the Neosonic EZ is most suited for people with moderate hearing loss. The volume control also allows people with lesser hearing loss to benefit from this Neosonic model. With the ease of control, this device is also a great option for first-time buyers.
How well does the Neosonic EZ work?
The EZ is nice and compact, but doesn’t sacrifice in sound quality. Like most newer models, it offers good sound quality and 12 channel-processing. Other features such as feedback cancellation are also included, giving an overall good listening experience.
There are three different listening programs: normal (for one on one conversation), restaurant (for quiet public spaces), and road (for louder spaces). To change the program, simply push the ‘mode’ button until you hear a beep that confirms the change. Although there are three volume settings listed on the wheel, you can select any setting between the minimum and maximum.
The Neosonic EZ works on size 13 batteries.
What’s not to like about the Neosonic EZ?
There is very little not to like about this hearing amplifier. All the basics are present, and even the price matches the device’s performance. If you’re over 6’ tall, the company advises you to contact them for longer sound tubes, which might be considered an inconvenience.
Speaking of sound tubes, there are two different sound tubes: one smaller standard sound tube, and a thicker tube with an ear hook that upgrades the dB peak gain from 40 dB to the listed 45 dB. For most users, the former will work, and it’s neat that the next upgrade automatically comes with your current hearing amplifier.
Hearing amplifiers that are good alternatives
If you’re looking for an upgrade compared to the Neosonic EZ, the Neosonic MX might be a good alternative. This model is an upgrade on all levels: it has slightly more power, is rechargeable, and has two microphones to help you hear and listen better. On top of that, it comes with the same company-related benefits as the EZ.
Another alternative could be the ZVOX VB20. This hearing amplifier also offers two microphones and has a Bluetooth app that makes it easier to control the device. This would be the choice for someone looking for extra features.
Someone looking to save money could look into the LAIWEN LW-01 or the Banglijian BLJ-109 (depending on how much you’re looking to save). Both of these options are a slight downgrade compared to this Neosonic, but offer a decent listening experience.
Should you buy the Neosonic EZ?
Unfortunately, you no longer can. Neosonic took the EZ out of production, but offers a good alternative with the Neosonic B10.
The Neosonic EZ is a great buy. Although it lacks truly special features, it has everything you need in a hearing amplifier. Even better, it has no notable downsides. It’s an all-round great device for a good price. The only reason not to buy this hearing amplifier is if you’re looking for specific features that aren’t included with the EZ.
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