When it comes to choosing or upgrading a hearing aid, it can be a normal assumption to think that there is one hearing aid manufacturer that will provide the best of the best. But it’s not that simple.

As some of the most-respected audiologists for Marin County and Sonoma County, with more than 27 years of optimizing patients’ hearing health, we can say that choosing a hearing aid is much more about our patients’ needs than about a manufacturer’s product.

It’s like choosing a family pet. There is no single pet that everyone can recommend as being “the one” because there are far too many factors to consider before making that decision. Do you want a big dog or a small cat? Is anyone allergic to pet hair? How much time will be required to care for the pet every day?

It’s the same with choosing a hearing aid – too many personal needs come into the equation. I’ll talk more about these factors below.

Take the first step.

The Best Hearing Aid Manufacturer

As I said earlier, we don’t see any one manufacturer as being better than another. Because of this, we are willing to work with a number of manufacturers, so we are not limited to only having a few specific manufacturers or levels of technology to choose from.

We mostly work with Starkey, ReSound, Oticon, and Phonak, and we have found them all to provide good products and good customer support.

Their latest offerings in hearing aids are astounding, with the kind of technology our grandparents could only dream about.

As far as unique features go, we appreciate certain choices from each manufacturer such as the Starkey Livio AI’s features, ReSound ONE’s triple microphone feature, Oticon Opn S1’s power, and Phonak Paradise’s sound processing.

But in reality, all these manufacturers produce good products, so our recommendation relies far more on our patients’ wants and needs than on any particular manufacturer.

Factors When Choosing A Hearing Aid

We will recommend a specific hearing device based on your:

  • HEARING LOSS mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe, or profound. Each manufacturer has designed particular models to address certain hearing ranges.
  • UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES – the variety of sounds and background noise at work and home and when doing leisure activities, the need for remote controls to be able to adjust the settings quickly and easily for each environment.
  • LIFESTYLE – active or sedentary, dexterity in adjusting the settings on the hearing aids and changing batteries, size of the ear and likelihood of the aid staying in place, desire for Bluetooth capabilities, batteries or rechargeable, amount of moisture the aids will be exposed to.
  • BUDGET – we have many manufacturers and models to choose from that can fit most budgets, and we can work with your insurance company too.

Here at Park Place, when we recommend a hearing aid, we consider how every aspect of your life needs to be taken into consideration and not just how the device processes sound.

Making Your Final Decision On A Hearing Aid

As you can see, there is no single hearing aid that we can recommend as being the best until we factor in everything that matters to you and your particular type and level of hearing loss.

Your decision is one that needs to be thought through over time, and we’re here and happy to answer any of your questions as you consider the facts that will lead you to buying the best hearing aids for you.

If you live in or near Petaluma or San Rafael and need your hearing evaluated, book a hearing assessment with us as your first step to diagnosing and treating your hearing loss.

Once you know if you need hearing aids for your hearing health, we can help you to narrow down your list of choices.

We look at your hearing care as a partnership, so we value your input during this process in order to meet your needs, lifestyle, and personal preferences when treating your short- and long-term hearing health.

Alternatively, if you’d simply like a hearing consultation with a hearing expert, then contact the Park Place Hearing Center team to set that up. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Dennis Tobin, HIS

Dennis is the owner of Park Place Hearing Center and is a Hearing Aid Specialist. Dennis has been in the hearing healthcare field for over 27 years. His father and grandfather also worked in the hearing industry. He brings a wealth of new knowledge and expertise to the Petaluma community. Dennis has dedicated his life to help people with hearing loss realize a better quality of life.
    Changing People’s Lives With Technology

    Oticon constantly work towards their vision of a world where hearing loss is no limitation. They innovate life-changing technology and are known for outstanding sound quality, reliability, and ease-of-use.

    They achieve this through pioneering cutting-edge technology and never compromising on quality.

    What Starkey Hearing Aids Can Do for You

    Starkey hearing aids are relatively new when their history is compared to other hearing aid manufacturers, beginning in 1970. However, Starkey has provided hearing instruments for five U.S. presidents, two popes, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and other notable leaders. Starkey emerged in 2017 as a leader in the use of artificially intelligent hearing aids.

    In 2014, Starkey introduced Halo as their answer to iPhone connectivity along with producing more natural sounding clarity. The development of Livio AI enabled hearing aids to track physical activity and cognitive health using embedded sensors combined with artificial intelligence. Livio AI allows for auto adjustment to various environmental settings, language translation, fall detection and alerts, tap control, and a variety of additional features.

    Starkey provides advantages in sound clarity—especially with TV, telephone, and music streaming—a more natural sound, and smartphone connectivity with advanced overall health integrative features.

    What ReSound Hearing Aids Can Do for You

    ReSound is among the hearing aid manufacturers that provide the instruments you can choose from. Since their beginning in 1943, they have grown to provide their hearing aids in over 80 countries worldwide.

    Direct Android and iPhone connectivity to hearing aids using 2.4 GHz technology was first developed by ReSound.  As a member of GN Group, they contribute to deep research and development of medical, professional, and consumer audio solutions, providing innovative devices for the med-tech, hearables, and intelligent audio industries.

    Regardless of the style you choose, greater performance from micro-digital technology along with greater discretion and Bluetooth streaming to your smartphone are advantages of ReSound devices.

    Remote Assist

    An additional advantage, which became extremely important as hearing aid patients were unable to attend in-office visits due to COVID-19 restrictions, is ReSound’s Remote Assist support program. This feature allows you to connect with your hearing care provider using teleaudiology regardless of where you are, allowing for the necessary support and adjustments to your device from a remote location.