The Best Hearing Aids of 2021

Forbes Health has just published an excellent guide to hearing aids. Best Hearing Aids from Audiologists 2021.

Forbes assembled a panel of three audiologists to come up with a list of best hearing aids in a variety of categories, including best hearing aid overall, best hearing aid for low budgets, best for tinnitus, best for outdoor enthusiasts, and more.

Drop-down text boxes under each device provide further information. The listings are followed by some sensible advice about how to buy a hearing aid.

This seems like a very helpful guide for those considering hearing aids for the first time as well as for those who already have them but need new ones. It’s important to remember, however, that this is just a guide. It’s not a shopping list. Even though a hearing aid is ranked “best,” it may not be right for your hearing. Another hearing aid style or brand may work better. Cost is also a factor. The most expensive is not always the best.

The three audiologists are:

  • Abram Bailey, a doctor of audiology, Forbes Health Advisory Board Member and founder of HearingTracker.com
  • John Coverstone, a doctor of audiology in New Brighton, Minnesota, and host of the AudiologyTalk podcast
  • Lee Weissman, a doctor of audiology and master of science in biomedical engineering with Hear So Good in Novato, California

The package was edited by Kim Acosta, the lead editor at Forbes Health.

Another recent “best hearing aids” list was published by Explore Health, in 2020. Healthline.com also published a list in 2021. It’s interesting to compare recommendations.

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For more about living with hearing loss, read my books “Smart Hearing: Strategies, Skills and Resources for Living Better With Hearing Loss” and “Shouting Won’t Help: Why I and 50 Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You.” Both are available as ebook and paperback on Amazon.com.