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Top 5 Hearing Aids For Musicians

Whether you are a music lover, a musician, or both, it can be incredibly difficult to realize that you are losing your hearing and need hearing aids. Older styles of hearing aids were less effective at speech sound delivery, making listening to music even more difficult. However, by working with your local doctors of audiology, you can be fitted with modern hearing aids that work more effectively to bring more sound into your life.

The hearing aids below are our hearing doctors choices as the top hearing aids for musicians:

  • Resound:
    • ReSound Quattro
    • ReSound LiNX 3D
    • ReSound LiNX 2
  • Oticon:
    • Oticon Opn
    • Oticon Opn S
  • Phonak:
    • 24/7 Phonak Lyric

But before we dive into why they are the top hearing aids for musicians, it’s important that you understand a few things about hearing aids and music.

Balancing Musical Range With Hearing Aid Design

(Image source: Audiology Online)

Hearing aids are designed to provide clarity for human speech. As you can see from the graphic above, music encompasses a considerably larger sound range than speech. Since hearing aids are designed to provide speech amplification, they won’t be able to deliver all the musical nuances that you used to hear.

However, even though hearing aids are not designed for music, it doesn’t mean that musicians won’t benefit from using hearing aids. Our audiologists have worked with musicians before to help them manage their progressive hearing loss.

Marissa Hughes is one such musician and mother. With hearing aids, she was able to stay connected to her work as a musician as well as her role as a mother. We fit Marissa with ReSound LiNX 961 hearing aids and it changed her life. You can watch her journey with hearing aids below.

Best Hearing Aids For Musicians

As hearing aids are not designed for music specifically, there are no perfect hearing aids brands to recommend. However, there are hearing aids that do work to provide better musical spectrum than others. These hearing aids are also good for streaming purposes and can help you enjoy music streamed directly through your hearing aids, rather than filtered through the hearing aid processor. Below are the hearing aids our audiologists often recommend for musically-inclined patients.

ReSound Hearing Aids: Quattro, LiNX 3D, and LiNX 2.

Currently, the best hearing aids that work with music are found in the new ReSound Quattro hearing aid line. ReSound has invested some great research on hearing aid users preferences when listening to music, and a whopping 98% preferred the Quattro to any other hearing aid when they are listening to music.

At this time, our audiologists have found that the preferred hearing aids for streaming music are ReSound Quattro, ReSound LiNX 3D, and the ReSound LiNX 2. However, you don’t need to choose only ReSound hearing aids. In fact, most hearing aid manufacturers today can stream music directly from Apple products as well.

Also, the ReSound Quattro hearing aid line is supposed to be the first to directly stream Android, and according to ReSound, it should start becoming available within the next couple of months.

Oticon Opn

The Oticon Opn and new Opn S hearing aids have also received high praise from patients and other consumers for the natural sound quality when it comes to speech and music streaming.

You can also opt for the rechargeable variation of these hearing aids, which provides a great level of convenience, as streaming music can drain the battery on your hearing aids. With the ability to do a quick recharge, you don’t have to worry that your love of music will get in the way of your hearing.

Phonak Lyric

For those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, there are the 24/7 Phonak Lyric hearing aids. These hearing aids are placed by our audiologists and are completely invisible. You can shower with them in and go about your daily life without giving your Lyric hearing aids much thought.

These hearing aids provide simple amplification, which is what makes them effective for those with mild hearing loss and can help musicians naturally capture sounds.

However, more than anything, your hearing needs are individual. To provide you with the best hearing aid option possible, be sure to work with our doctors of audiology so that they can create an individual plan for your needs.

Work With Our Audiologists To Improve Hearing Aid Fitting

Just having the right hearing aids isn’t enough. The most important step after choosing your hearing aids is having them properly fitted for your hearing needs.

Consider this—if you have moderate hearing loss, your chosen hearing aids will be dispensed with the average frequency and amplification parameters to fit the standard needs of someone with moderate hearing loss. But what if you have more high-frequency hearing loss than usual or you need the higher-end of amplification. Instead of leaving you to fumble and adjust as best as you can, our audiologists are here to help improve your hearing aid fit.

Our doctors of audiology use a variety of techniques and tools to fit your hearing aids to accommodate your personal hearing loss needs. One of these tools is real-ear measurement. This tool measures how your ear is responding to the sound input of your hearing aids in real-time, as you will have the real-ear measurement tool and a hearing aid in at the same time.

With live feedback, our hearing health care professionals can tailor the hearing aids to your hearing. And, by knowing that music is something you care about, our audiologists can work with you to provide the best clarity possible.

Musicians Can Also Manage Tinnitus With Hearing Aids

Lastly, many musicians end up struggling with tinnitus. With years of being exposed to loud live music, jam sessions, and other audible hazards, it is not surprising that tinnitus is a result. But with hearing aids, tinnitus can be managed.

Hearing aids with tinnitus management programs built into them can be programmed with your preferred soothing sound, or you can choose hearing aids where you can control your soothing sounds. That way, you can keep your tinnitus from interfering with your hearing.

To work with our doctors of audiology and find your ideal hearing aids, contact us today to set up your hearing evaluation and consultation.

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