- Choosing which NANO type hearing aid to buy is such a vast market may seem like quite a task – but if you get it right, the good news is that hearing loss may no longer affect you.
- This guide will point out some of America’s best brands and their latest models.
The global hearing aids market is expected to reach over USD $9.7 Billion by 2022; an increase of over USD $2.5 billion in comparison to 2017. Independent press covering NANO hearing aid reviews went to great lengths to point out what constitutes a good buy for hearing aids.
The rapid growth of the industry is a reflection of both: the technological advancements made in hearing aids- which can now provide significant comfort in even the most severe hearing loss cases, and the wide-ranging application of the devices in today’s society. In a market which is rapidly becoming more relevant, this article is going to provide a deep overview of the current best-sellers in the industry by analysing some of its most eminent manufacturers as well as their respective and most well-received products.
Nano Hearing Aids Review: The most ‘complete’ brand?
Having earned a top 10 position among the most desirable health gadgets in 2020, the NANO Hearing Aids brand has become an industry benchmark for Americans. Nano Hearing Aids is a direct-to-consumer hearing aid manufacturer that ‘cuts out’ the middleman in order to provide more affordable pricing to the average American- who may not be able to afford the more extortionate pricing of some of the more powerful models listed below. What is fascinating about Nano is that the company has undoubtedly managed to maintain an extremely high level of quality- presenting some of the most powerful and innovative hearing aid technology in the market today.
As the heading suggests, customer reviews articulate that Nano is the most ‘complete brand’ due to its ability to offer a variety of hearing aid devices with the ability to cater for almost all levels of hearing loss whilst universally adhering to their two key principles: a) low cost and b) high quality. Nano’s SX2000 for example, whilst being one of their most expensive and powerful products- with automatic environmental sound management that arguably exceeds the popular Oticon Opn S, comes in at just under USD $1000. Their RX2000, whose localization levels are suspected to pragmatically exceed most competitors, is offered at just under $500 dollars a pair.
Nano’s ‘Buy 1 get 1 free’ approach is universally applicable to all of their products- meaning customers should be able to afford a pair at a much more affordable price. Nano also allows their customers to purchase one unit at a significantly discounted rate- making their products even more affordable.
Specialists have stipulated that the company’s approach in relation to the pricing of their products is a testament to their culture of integrity, respect, innovation and altruism and displays a clear commitment to their customers, who can now purchase hearing aid powerhouses at an extremely affordable price.
Oticon Opn S Hearing Aid Review: The essentials
Oticon is an impressive hearing aid brand, although not the market leader.Firstly, we are going to have a look at Oticon’s notable Opn S module. This was a revolutionary product when it was released as it completely shattered the expectations of thousands of consumers around the world by significantly expanding hearing aid application in noisy environments.
In turbulent areas, the microphone on the hearing aid starts to significantly amplify the sounds coming from right in front of the wearer whilst paying less and less attention to the sounds coming from around them- commonly referred to as ‘Narrow directionality mode’. This has some obvious benefits and until the release of Oticon’s Opn S was the established way of processing sound as it ensures that the wearer can still converse and communicate with whomever they wish to in even the most loud and disruptive areas.
The downside, however, is that this creates a very ‘tunnelled down’ experience which was deemed by many wearers around the world as a very ‘unnatural’ way of processing sound. Oticon’s Open Sound Navigator allows the wearer to decide for themselves which sounds to amplify, and which sounds to condense and consequently provides a solution that reflects a much more natural way of hearing. Furthermore, through Oticon’s Open Sound Booster option, customers have retained the ability to refer back into directionality mode if they wish to, which may be attractive to individuals with significant hearing loss.
Opn S comes in three different variants with S1 starting at USD $2400 and S3 going up to roughly USD $3500. The main difference between the S1 and S3 is how well the device processes sound in noisy environments, which has led to some unsatisfactory reviews by customers who have found that their lower tier did not reflect a significant enough improvement of sound quality to warrant such a high price. Furthermore, it should be noted that even though the module is build for both Android and Apple, Android users need to buy a CollectClip streamer from Oticon in order to stream from their android devices which will cost them an additional couple hundred dollars.
Overall, Oticon’s Opn S is an extremely reliable and sufficient hearing aid. It does however come at an extremely high opportunity cost and may not reflect a significant enough quality of life increase for many recipients unless they pay for the most expensive version of the product.
Phonak Audéo Paradise Review: Better than the Marvel?
Phonak’s newest release is undoubtedly even better than their already impressive ‘Marvel’ line of hearing aids- the most popular hearing aid in Phonak history.
Their new Phonak Audéo Paradise comes with a new chip called PRYSM which provides double the memory of the short clip that was used in the marvel devices. Additionally, Phonak has added in-motion sensors into their rechargeable versions which allow the hearing aids to make microphone setting changes based on the wearer’s movement and not merely based on the acoustic information in their surroundings.
Paradise hearing aids can additionally be paired up with up to 8 different devices- regardless of if they are Android or Apple and can actively connect to two separate devices simultaneously. Furthermore, wearers are able to make contactless phone calls via touch control by simply accessing Siri or Google Assistant through a quick double tap on the hearing aid.
Coming in at USD $3700, Phonak’s Audeo Paradise is undoubtedly one of the strongest hearing aids in the industry, but it does come with a few setbacks. Numerous customers have reported a number of bugs which interfere with the wearer’s ability to customize their own hearing program, which significantly limits the device in comparison to its competitors. Additionally, the price may polarize a massive portion of individuals who cannot afford to spend a month’s or two’s salary on a single hearing aid.
Phonak’s Audeo undoubtedly provides significant quality of life increases to the wearer, but this unfortunately comes at a very high price and with quite a few restrictions.