This article should help those who are researching the best and most up-to-date hearing aids of 2020/2021 and what could be expected for the rest of 2021. Towards the end of 2019, hearing aid technology started to change and improve. One main reason for this was due to the acknowledgement of profound deafness increasing within the industry. More manufacturers were offering super and ultra-power hearing aids; including the Leox range from Bernafon and the Xceed range from Oticon. Oticon released their OPN S model in 2019, which provided an improved alternative to the OPN. The Signia Styletto Connect aimed to combat the stigma and negative attitude towards hearing aids with its stylish design and great technology. In summary, 2019 was a great year for hearing aids. The industry became much more inclusive and was more attentive to the hearing aid user’s wants and needs.
The year 2020 brought the hearing aid industry lots of wonderful hearing aid technology and many ‘world firsts’ for the industry too. Starkey launched their Livio Edge AI in 2020, which was a new addition to their ‘healthable’ hearing aid range. This hearing aid was the only rechargeable custom hearing aid on the market at the time of its launch. The Livio Edge AI combined artificial intelligence with 3D integrated sensors offering unique health/body tracking and an optimum hearing experience. In 2020, Widex released the Moment hearing aid, which really changed the sound experience game by providing the purest natural sound ever before. Resound ONE also offered a real sense of space, sound and location with its unique microphone placement and design. The Phonak Paradise hearing aid range is also a noteworthy addition to 2020.These hearing aids offered improved sound quality, increased functionality and also the ability to personalise and manage the hearing experience, even on the go.
If the year of 2020 is anything to go by, 2021 should produce even more innovative technology with a customer focus. In 2020 there was talk of increased success in Bluetooth technology, something definitely needed considering the complaints surrounding the lack of Bluetooth technology for some hearing aids. Since Bluetooth can provide the digital answer to dated telecoils and loop systems, it really is the future of hearing aid technology, making connectivity to devices and PA systems seamless and instant. We expect to see an improvement in Bluetooth technology in hearing aids in 2021. Oticon has already launched a new range of hearing aids in January 2021, the More range. The Oticon More hearing aids are the world’s first hearing aid with an on-board deep neural network providing a fuller, more balanced and more effortless hearing experience. See our product list for more information if you are interested in these latest 2021 hearing aids. See our Guide if you are looking for the best hearing aids, or contact us directly if you would like to speak to one of our hearing care specialists.