Today's hearing aids are beginning to attract a younger, more tech-savvy audience with features including Bluetooth, rechargeability, and more discreet designs. With these more sophisticated models now on the market, 2021 is shaping up to be the best year ever for hearing technology, with users poised to benefit.
Let's take a look at some of the best hearing aids out this year.
The SoundSense Learn technology of the Widex Moment modifies hearing aid settings using artificial intelligence in two ways. First, by evaluating settings and leading them through a series of A-B comparisons, the hearing aid learns how users prefer to hear in their environment. Second, it helps personalize the listening experience by drawing from the individual preferences of millions of user settings from Widex hearing aid users worldwide.
The WIDEX MOMENT also features ZeroDelay technology to reduce the average sound delay from 7-10 milliseconds to 0.5 milliseconds, delivering a much more natural sound than comparable hearing aids.
Widex's latest hearing aid model has already drawn praise from industry insiders - it was recently picked as an honoree in the CES 2021 Innovation Awards Health & Wellness and Wearable Technologies categories.
The ReSound ONE represents an entirely new type of hearing aid. Known as Microphone and Receiver-in-the-ear (M&RIE), two microphones are mounted behind the ear in line with conventional hearing aids. With the Resound ONE, however, the company adds a third microphone at the opening to the ear canal, enhancing the wearer's ability to determine the direction from which sound is coming from. This makes hearing clearer than ever.
The ReSound ONE provides many other useful features, including simple Bluetooth communication and access to remote on-demand hearing services.
Following the popularity of Oticon's previous flagship model (the Opn), the company is back with the Oticon More.
Oticon More scans and analyzes the sound scene around you 500 times a second and collects and processes all this sound information with clarity and balance.
The Oticon More features a deep neural network, which is trained on 12 million real-life sounds to interpret speech much as the human brain does in noise, providing the brain with more knowledge required to hear the subtleties of the sounds around us.
This deep neural network technology allows the new hearing aid to help increase speech comprehension, reduce the effort needed to hear, and let users recall more of what is being said, even when surrounded by background noise.
This is the top of the line model in the Starkey Livio AI series, released in 2020 as the first 'healthable' hearing aid on the market.
The Starkey Livio AI is the only hearing aid on the market with an inertial measuring unit (IMU). This features an accelerometer and a gyroscope to measure your heart rate, track your motion and positioning, and even detect sudden falls.
In unison with Starkey's 'Thrive' app, the Livio AI Edge uses this knowledge to help you monitor the physical activity of your body and brain. The software tracks physical movement and grants points for activities such as:
The Phonak Audéo Paradise builds on Phonak's previous flagship model's runaway success, the Audéo Marvel, making a range of improvements.
A new operating system, AutoSense 4.0, is included in the Phonak Paradise, which boasts built-in artificial intelligence technology to understand and adapt to various sound environments automatically. The Audéo Paradise also benefits from enhanced Bluetooth communication, acoustic motion sensors, and a new feature called air tap control, enabling wearers to control their hearing aids with only a tap to the ear.
The RIC-style Audéo Paradise is available in a rechargeable or non-rechargeable version, and with or without a telecoil.
Signia Styletto X
The Styletto X has been designed to appeal to those who would not otherwise consider wearing hearing aids with its slim, rounded shape and striking color combinations. This seems to be working - a recent study by Signia found the eye-catching Styletto form factor was favored by 8 out of 10 hearing aid wearers. The Styletto X is the first hearing aid model to implement Qi wireless charging technology, allowing users to conveniently place the model on a charging pad instead of plugging it into a charging port.
Signia also included some game-changing developments with the Styletto X that solve the hearing and health-related problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is now a mask setting, which makes it easier to understand people wearing a mask. Another critical development is the introduction of Signia Remote Care, which allows the user to access hearing health care from the comfort of their own home, including live hearing aid reprogramming.