Smallest Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids
In this post we’ll take a look at some of the smallest behind-the-ear hearing aids on the market. While these hearing aids do sit behind-the-ear, the proper way to refer to them is as “receiver-in-canal” (RIC) hearing aids. The RIC style of hearing aid is by far the most popular today. If you’d like to learn more about this style and why it is so popular, you may be interested in reading 10 Reasons Why You Should Wear a RIC Hearing Aid, or Open Fit Hearing Aids.
It’s important to note that it would not be in your best interest to choose a hearing aid simply because it is the smallest one. Hearing aids have a wide range of features and capabilities, and it’s important to weigh them against each other as you consider which model is right for you. However, if what you’re most interested in is size, this post is for you.
Below we’ve compiled a short list of three of the smallest behind-the-ear hearing aids on the market.
1st place: Siemens Ace (as of 3/1/16 it is now called the Signia Ace).
2nd place: Phonak Audeo V-10
3rd place: Oticon designRITE
Note: All of these hearing aids use a size 10 battery, so they’re each about the same thickness, and their weight variations will have no impact on how they feel on your ear. The overall lengths between each model only vary by a few millimeters, so chances are there will not be a great cosmetic difference between any of these models in terms of how discreet they are.
In 1st place is the Signia Ace. The Signia Ace was formerly called the Siemens Ace, but Siemens has recently changed their name to Signia. If you’re interested in learning more about the Ace, including its pros and cons, I’ve reviewed it here. The newest and most advanced Ace model is called the Signia Ace primax. This version was released 3/1/16 and will be Signia’s best and smallest hearing aid for probably the next few years.
Coming in 2nd place, is the Phonak Audeo V-10. The Audeo V is one of the most popular hearing aids among our customers, and at the time of this updated post (3/9/16) is the highest rated hearing aid on our website based on patient reviews. The V10 indicates the battery size of the hearing aid. There are other, slightly larger models available in the V-13 and V-312 sizes. After the “V” you’ll notice a number, either 30, 50, 70, or 90. The 90 is the most advanced hearing aid Phonak makes right now and it’s the model most people purchase. One of the things I like about this hearing aid is although it is very small, it’s not lacking any functionality/features as smaller models sometimes do.
Finally in third place, the Oticon designRITE
The Oticon designRITE is in my opinion the most elegantly designed of the three- it’s a real beauty. If there’s one thing it’s lacking compared to the others, it’s that there is no on board push-button for adjusting the volume or program. No matter how intelligent hearing aids are and how well they auto-adapt to your environment, I think a push-button is a necessary feature (unless you purchase a remote control). This is however an excellent hearing aid that I would highly recommend.
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