We tend to obsess on the finer points of hearing aids here, but if you look at real world survey results, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of difference on how satisfied people are with different hearing aids. If you look at Hearing Trackers survey results for different hearing aids and look at the 3 models with the most survey results, which are Oticon Opn, Kirkland KS7 and Widex Beyond, they all end up with very similar ratings. 79 for the KS7 and 78 for the Oticon and Widex. Consumer Reports hearing aid brand survey showed no real leaders either.
Something I’ve noticed about these surveys is that ratings go down as more people survey a hearing aid. As a result, there are many higher rated hearing aids, but they reflect a lot fewer people’s opinion.
I don’t know what the “true” takeaway from this is, and perhaps there is none. Assorted thoughts from me. How satisfied you are with your hearing aids may have more to do with you then the hearing aids. A lot of people who do reviews have a very poor understanding of what they’re reviewing. If money is limited, don’t look at expensive hearing aids. As long as you don’t develop gadget envy, you can probably be pretty satisfied with less expensive ones