Best hearing aids available in the UK for 2024

This blog post was last updated on 20/06/2024

In the last couple of months, Oticon, Phonak, Signia, Starkey, Widex, and ReSound have all released new hearing aid technology. This means that any previous content out there covering the best hearing aids of 2024 is already out of date, but this article shares the latest and best releases as of June 2024.

This blog will cover all of the newest hearing aid technology, comparing their features and outlining what’s unique for each of them. Hopefully, I’ll be able to guide you in the right direction to find the best hearing aid for you.

Hearing Aid Review Index

We’ll start by comparing them all physically and then throughout this blog, we will compare all of their individual features to help you make an informed decision.

Oticon Intent

Starting off with the Oticon, this is their Intent miniRITE, which is currently Oticon’s only hearing aid available on their latest platform.

oticon intent miniRITE hearing aid

Phonak Lumity

The Phonak Audéo Lumity, however, has been around for a lot longer and therefore has a far more comprehensive selection to choose from, including the Audéo Lumity R, the Audéo Lumity RT, Audéo Lumity Life, the Audéo Lumity Slim model, and then finally their most recent addition, the Audéo Lumity 312.

Phonak Audeo Lumity hearing aids

Starkey Genesis AI

Starkey has also thrown everything at their latest family of Genesis AI hearing aids, with the family including three different receiver-in-canal models: the mRIC R, the RIC RT, and the RIC 312.

starkey genesis ai hearing aids (2)

Widex Moment

Widex also has three models on their Moment platform. This includes the minuscule RIC 10, the RIC 312D, and finally the sRIC RD.

widex moment hearing aid range

ReSound Nexia

ReSound’s Nexia family of hearing aids also has three receiver-in-canal models, starting with the Nexia RIE 13, the Nexia 312, and then the Nexia Micro RIE.

resound nexia hearing aid range

Signia IX

Last but not least, Signia also has three receiver-in-canal hearing aids within their IX family of hearing aids. This includes the Pure Charge&Go IX, the Pure Charge&Go T IX, and then their most recent addition, the Styletto IX.

signia ix hearing aids

Comparing their features

Now that we’ve uncovered the best hearing aids for 2024, let’s take a look at their features and how they all compare.

Cosmetics

Before looking into their technology, if one of your main drivers is cosmetics then here is my personal top-5 ranking:

  1. Widex Moment RIC 10
  2. ReSound Nexia Micro RIE
  3. Starkey mRIC R
  4. Phonak Audéo Lumity 312
  5. Widex sRIC RD

However, and I don’t say this lightly, I would encourage you to not make a decision solely based on how the hearing aids look, as the discretion of these hearing aids does come at a cost, and certain features are missing in all five of these hearing aids, which I’ll cover below.

Colour options

I won’t spend too much time today discussing the colours of individual manufacturers’ hearing aids, as each hearing aid manufacturer has a pretty broad range of colours matching all skin and hair tones.

In my opinion, there isn’t one specific manufacturer that stands out over and above the others and most patients tend to select a hearing aid that best matches the colour of their hair.

Suitability

Each hearing aid make and model has its own fitting range, which is essentially the level of hearing loss that it’s capable of dealing with. If you’re thinking of getting the most powerful hearing aid so that it will last as long as possible, you’re right to an extent but in some instances, a more powerful hearing aid does require a more powerful speaker, and the more powerful the speaker, the bigger it is.

So, if discretion is the most important thing for you, selecting the correct power level is essential. One of the reasons that I think that receiver-in-canal styles of hearing aids are the best out there is because their speakers are interchangeable, making them suitable for varying degrees of hearing loss, which I’ll cover now for each individual manufacturer.

The following images outline the fitting ranges for each hearing aid manufacturer, and if your hearing loss falls within the shaded area on any of these graphs, they’re technically suitable for you.

Oticon Intent fitting ranges

oticon intent fitting ranges

Phonak Lumity fitting ranges

You’ll notice here a unique receiver called the M&RIE, which stands for Microphone and Receiver-in-Ear, and I’ll come onto that shortly.

phonak lumity fitting ranges

Starkey Genesis AI fitting ranges

starkey genesis ai fitting ranges

Widex Moment fitting ranges

There’s a limit to the level of power from the smaller Moment RIC 10, only allowing for an S or an M receiver. If your hearing loss is a borderline fit, I would go with the 312D or the Sheer option, because if your hearing were to decline in the future, you would still want to make sure that you’ve got the capacity within your hearing aids for them to be adjusted.

widex moment fitting ranges

ReSound Nexia fitting ranges

They have a specialist receiver called M&RIE, and I’ll detail why this is so unique later on.

resound nexia fitting ranges

Personalisation

It’s worth noting that all receiver-in-canal hearing aids can also be physically customised to suit your anatomy and the configuration of your hearing loss, and this is done by adjusting the tip on the end of your receiver.

Your audiologist may fit you either using a selection of rubber domes or even with a custom-made earmould, which involves them taking an impression of your ear and producing something like this, which sits on the end of your receiver.

custom made earmold for hearing aids

As far as this coupling of your hearing aid to your ears goes, it’s down to the expertise of your audiologist to recommend the most appropriate setup for you.

I would, however, encourage you to ask your audiologist if custom tips are suitable for you, as believe it or not, the sound of your hearing aid will be completely transformed by changing this small yet incredibly important part of your hearing aid.

For example, it can affect both the clarity and sharpness that your hearing aid provides, how full and rich it sounds, and how good it sounds when streaming sound from your phone for example, and most importantly, how well it copes with background noise.

Specialist receivers

Both Phonak and ReSound have some pretty unique receiver technology, and this, for the right person, can enhance your hearing aids no end.

ActiveVent

Starting with ActiveVent by receiver, this is a specific type of receiver with a built-in moving piston which changes its position depending on your listening environment. This diverts either more or less sound naturally down your ear canal or, on the contrary, via your hearing aid.

In turn, this will change how well you hear in noise, how your voice sounds, how clearly you hear, and also how music sounds when it’s being streamed from your phone.

phonak activevent

M&RIE Receiver

Alternatively, the M&RIE receiver by ReSound stands for Microphone and Receiver-in-Ear, and it’s the only tech out there that has an extra microphone sitting within your ear canal. So the hearing aids will utilise the sound that it detects from the two on the outside of the hearing aid itself, plus the extra one built into this receiver.

ReSound boasts that having this extra microphone in your ear canal, which incidentally no other ReSound receiver has, and nor do any other hearing aid manufacturers, allows the hearing aid to take into account the shape and size of your individual anatomy, which can have a significant impact on the sound. It should, therefore, give you a more immersive hearing experience with greater depth and a sense of spatial awareness.

resound m&rie receiver

Both ActiveVent and M&RIE receivers are a little bit more prone to feedback compared to conventional receivers, but if your hearing loss is mild to moderate, then they could be a fantastic option for you.

The fitting ranges of all these hearing aids are pretty similar so unless you have more of a severe to profound hearing loss, they are all technically suitable for you.

Adjustment methods

Some people like to be able to adjust the settings on their hearing aids and others don’t like to make any adjustments whatsoever. Depending on the technology level that you have, you may not need to make any adjustments because the more advanced hearing aids are better able to recognise the environment around you and adjust themselves accordingly.

There are normally two different ways that you can make adjustments to the settings on your hearing aids. Firstly, that’s using the physical buttons on the back of them, and I’ve categorised today’s hearing aids into four different groups.

Rocker switch

This first group all have a rocker switch, which means there are technically two buttons on the back of each hearing aid. The buttons are essentially soft keys, meaning that they can be programmed for various functions:

  • Volume control
  • Mute function
  • Accessing different programs such as connecting to a loop system or TV
  • Noise reduction settings
  • Answering, hanging up, or declining phone calls

hearing aids with rocker switch

Single buttons

The second group of hearing aids has a single button, which still gives you some degree of adjustability using the hearing aids themselves, but in my opinion, it’s a little bit
more fiddly.

Instead of having a volume up and volume down button on each hearing aid, to adjust the volume, the right hearing aid button turns both volumes up and the left turns both of them down. Other than that, the functionality is pretty similar to group one.

hearing aids with single button

Tap control

Group number three now has a pretty cool tap control feature, which is a spin-off of the accelerometers built into these hearing aids. From a user control point of view, the following hearing aids use their tap control features to allow you to answer or decline phone calls by tapping your ears.

Plus, the Phonak Lumity takes this one step further and you can even activate Siri or Google Assistant without needing to get your phone out of your pocket.

hearing aids with tap control feature

No buttons

There’s only a single hearing aid here, but the fourth and final category has no physical button to press, which is the Widex RIC 10. Now, this hearing aid still has a unique way of making adjustments, which I’ll come on to next.

The downside of buttons is that they can be fiddly to press, but every one of these hearing aids has its own app so that you can make adjustments to the settings on your hearing aids via your smartphone.

widex hearing aid no button

Water resistance

Every hearing aid discussed today has an IP68 water resistance rating, meaning that they can technically be submerged in a meter and a half of water for 30 minutes and they should still function afterwards.

However, two hearing aids on today’s list have been pushed to the limits to ensure that they can cope with the hammering that hearing aids are likely to take on a daily basis with robustness testing that includes simulated sweat testing, seawater testing, saltwater testing, chlorinated water testing, and of course, freshwater testing, which has been performed in a pressurised container.

These are the Phonak Lumity Life and the Starkey Genesis AI, which have both been developed with the ability to protect themselves from the elements in mind.

Waterproofing features of Phonak Lumity Life include:

  • Additional microphone protection
  • Seams sealed with silicone
  • Components coated with a Parylene coating, which I’m told is the same protection system that NASA uses on their spacecraft
  • No titanium pins holding the receivers in place
  • A redeveloped charger

On the other hand, Starkey’s Pro8 HydraShield waterproofing involves a Kevlar-reinforced receiver, which is actually used in the military to make bulletproof vests. They’ve also:

  • Redesigned the acoustic ports
  • Added an internal microphone mesh barrier and a silicon seal on the casing
  • Added a specialised coating across all of the internal component

starkey pro8 hydrashield waterproofing

For most people, a standard IP68 rating will be sufficient but if your lifestyle requires the next level of protection, then one of these two models may be the right hearing aid for you.

Battery life

Disposable batteries

The first group contains those featuring a disposable battery, and in this instance, the battery life is less determined by the hearing aid itself, but more by the size of the battery. So whilst you may find the smaller hearing aids more cosmetically appealing, they do have certain drawbacks.

For example, the Widex RIC 10 has a size 10 battery, which will last you anything from 3 to 5 days, and it’s the only hearing aid on this list with this size 10 battery.

On the other hand, those with a size 312 battery (Phonak Audeo Lumity 312, Starkey Genesis RIC 312 & Widex Moment 312 D) will last anything from around 5 to 7 days, but these hearing aids also have Bluetooth capabilities, whereas the Widex RIC 10 doesn’t.

Finally, we have the Resound Nexia 13 with the size 13 battery, which is the biggest battery we tend to see in a receiver-in-canal hearing aid, and it’s possible to get around 7 to 10 days of life from one of these zinc-air disposable batteries.

Rechargeable batteries

Firstly, we have those that are designed to last for 24 hours right out of the box, which has been the industry standard since rechargeability came on the scene.

hearing aids with 24 hour rechargeable battery life

However, secondly, with some of the newer releases such as those from both Signia and Widex, you can get up to 35 plus hours per 3-hour charge. They are designed because the rechargeable batteries inside hearing aids are made of lithium-ion technology, and this is the same technology that’s in your smartphone, your laptop, and even your electric vehicle.

hearing aids with 35 hour rechargeable battery life

You may be aware that over some time, the life of these batteries is reduced, meaning that a full charge doesn’t last as long as it would do from the day that you purchased it. So those newer hearing aids being released are coming with this extended battery life so that when, in the inevitable future, the hearing aid battery starts to decline, they’ll still last you for a full waking day.

To summarise, whilst there are differences in the overall life of the batteries in these hearing aids, this isn’t necessarily a reason to choose one over the other as if you’re having battery issues, the manufacturers are usually good at being able to replace them.

Technology levels

Each of these hearing aids has different technology levels available too, offering a range of features around their ability to cope in background noise, how they’ll provide you with clarity and distinction, and also how they’ll cope in more complicated listening situations.

To view the different features available at each technology level, click play on the video below.

There are many features included in each hearing aid, so I’d always advise you to choose the features that resonate with you and discuss with your audiologist about their suitability for your hearing loss and your difficulties.

Connectivity

Bluetooth is an industry standard nowadays when it comes to your hearing aids, and each hearing aid has its own app which allows you to manually adjust the settings. However, there are different types of Bluetooth too, and each their own pros and cons based on the different protocols that are used.

So as far as connectivity goes, I’ve divided the best hearing aids for 2024 into different categories.

Bluetooth

Phonak Lumity is the only one of these hearing aids that uses classic Bluetooth. The main advantage of this is that they can connect to any phone with Bluetooth streaming capabilities. It doesn’t matter if it’s old or new, smartphone or otherwise, and it will even work with any landline phone that’s got a built-in Bluetooth function.

Phonak Audeo Lumity hearing aids

LE Audio

The second group of today’s hearing aids uses something called LE Audio, which was the original way that hearing aids connected to the iPhone back in 2010, and is a low-energy form of Bluetooth.

This method works well, however, there are some limitations, such as no bidirectional Bluetooth for Android devices, meaning that with iPhones, you can have completely hands-free phone calls. There are also some limitations on which phones will allow for Bluetooth streaming.

hearing aids with le audio

Auracast-ready LE Audio

The most recent releases from Signia, ReSound, and Oticon have the newest version of LE Audio, which makes them Auracast-ready. If you haven’t come across Auracast, it is the future of connectivity.

Whether that’s listening to public announcements in train stations or the wireless streaming of football commentary when the Dallas Cowboys are playing, this new Bluetooth protocol, once it’s fully rolled out, will allow for public venues to stream any sound with a higher quality and lower battery consumption than we’ve seen from any streaming technology in the past, directly to both of your hearing aids.

hearing aids with auracast ready le audio

No connectivity

The Widex RIC 10 doesn’t have access to either Bluetooth or a telecoil feature.

There are plenty of options when it comes to connectivity, and it’s hard to imagine a world without Bluetooth being built into hearing aids. The phone you have can directly impact the features you’ll get from your hearing aid, so it’s worth checking out the compatibility list on each manufacturer’s website and discussing with your audiologist before choosing a particular hearing aid.

widex hearing aid no button

Artificial Intelligence

Phonak, Oticon, and Starkey all utilise a form of offline artificial intelligence within their hearing aids, meaning that they have trained them appropriately to categorise the environment that you’re in.

They’re constantly scanning your environment, and they should therefore deliver the most appropriate sound for your specific situation. They all do this in slightly different ways.

  • Oticon are claiming that their hearing aids are trained from 12 million different sound scenes.
  • Starkey claims that they’re making up to 80 million adjustments per hour
  • Phonak utilises AI in the form of their AutoSense 5.0, which has a huge amount of flexibility to make adjustments to the settings, more so than any other hearing aid manufacturer

Other manufacturers such as Widex and Signia also use AI, but in different ways. Both manufacturers allow you to make adjustments to the settings on your hearing aids via their apps, and then the changes that you make are compared to the changes of thousands of other hearing aid users making similar changes in similar environments. The most appropriate adjustments are then applied to the settings on your hearing aids based on what it finds in the cloud.

The only downside of this form of AI is that it requires your input, and many people would rather have everything as automated as possible without having to make manual adjustments.

Motion sensors

Working alongside its artificial intelligence, Oticon, Phonak, Starkey, and Signia all utilise accelerometers in their hearing aids, also known as motion sensors. This in itself isn’t an entirely new concept, with Signia introducing motion sensors into their hearing aids back in 2019, Phonak in 2020, Starkey in 2023, and then Oticon finally joining the party this year.

Motion sensors provide more information to the hearing aids when determining your listening environment, thus anticipating with a greater amount of accuracy your specific needs for that very moment in time, for that situation. In practice, this means that if you’re sat down in a restaurant, for example, you’d normally want to hear the person speaking in front of you and perhaps a little bit to the side.

However, as soon as you stand up and start walking, you’d normally want to hear what’s going on to your left or what’s going on to your right, but not necessarily being able to hear what’s going on straight ahead, as it’s unlikely that you’d have somebody walking in front of you but walking backwards.

The motion sensors will help your hearing aids to recognise this, and then they’ll adjust them accordingly. Whilst this is available with Oticon, Phonak, Starkey, and Signia, some manufacturers only include this feature in the rechargeable models.

hearing aid motion sensors

Choosing the right hearing aid for you

The world of hearing aids is a difficult one to navigate, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone has different hearing needs and challenges, so it’s important that your audiologist chooses the right technology for you and adjusts it accordingly.

If you’re looking for personalised advice on your perfect hearing technology, contact Harley Street Hearing. Our team of highly skilled clinical audiologists can recommend the most suitable device for your needs.

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Matthew Allsop is a Partner at Harley Street Hearing, and a content creator for Hearing Tracker, where he shares his honest opinion on all new hearing aid technology. Hearing Tracker is the world’s first truly independent resource for hearing aid customers. You can view his video where he shares his opinions on the latest hearing aids for 2024 below.

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