Most of us just want our technology to “work.” By that, we usually mean we want it to work like WE think it should work. I suspect that largely has more to do with us than it does the technology. For my 93 year old Mom, her Phonak Marvel 30 rechargeables largely accomplish this. She takes them out of the charger and puts them in her ears and she can hear better. Sometimes they don’t work and she calls me to tell me they’re “broken” and I change the wax filters and all is well again.
This is not the case for many forum members. I believe some hearing aids work (and sound) more like most people think they should work. It is my suspicion that for first time hearing aid users, Oticon accomplishes this best, and if one wants to throw a smartphone into the mix, an Oticon with an iPhone is likely one’s best bet.
If on the other hand likes figuring things out, or one has few expectations other than hearing better, there are lots of hearing aids that can improve one’s hearing.
I’d be curious to hear comments from users about their experiences with hearing aids that “just worked.”