Bose first entered the world of hearing aids back in 2016 with the debut of the Hearphone (though they've since been discontinued), an over-the-counter, conversation-enhancing hearing amplifier. While the Hearphones technically weren't hearing aids, they offered sound amplification, which can help improve mild to moderate hearing loss. Plus, at $500, Hearphones were more affordable than many traditional hearing aids. They were sold completely online and didn't require a visit to an audiologist or a hearing test for purchase.
Unfortunately, as we've mentioned, Bose has discontinued the Hearphones. But there are plenty of other popular over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids on the market that may fit your needs. Plus, Bose has announced that they plan to launch new hearing aids in the future,1 though we don't know when they'll debut. In the meantime, let's take a look at some of your best alternatives to Bose Hearphones.
Comparing Features and Pricing for Popular Alternatives to Bose Hearphones
Eargo is one of our top picks for those with early-onset hearing loss who are considering hearing aids for the first time. With prices ranging from $1,850 to $2,950 per pair, Eargo is the most expensive OTC provider on our list. However, these prices are still less expensive than premium hearing aids that can cost up to $5,000 per device. Plus, Eargo offers financing options for as low as $86 per month, and all devices can be purchased on the provider's website. Eargo's hearing aids are nearly invisible, rechargeable, and packed with high-tech features. If Eargo sounds like the right fit for you, head to our latest hands-on Eargo review.
Otofonix hearing amplifiers are comparable to Bose Hearphones in technology and price. Their behind-the-ear (BTE) devices technically aren't hearing aids, but they're suitable for older adults experiencing mild to moderate hearing loss who don't spend a lot of time in busy or noisy environments. With prices ranging from $250 to $650 per ear, they fall in the mid-tier price range for hearing aids. Otofonix hearing amplifiers can be easily purchased on the company's website. You don't need a prescription or a visit to a hearing specialist, making them a convenient option for older adults.
MDHearingAid offers a lineup of four BTE hearing aids that cost $199.99 to $799.99 per device. There are options for those with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss ranging from a simple, budget model up to a top-tier smartphone-compatible device. MDHearingAid's premium models are pricier than the Bose Hearphones, but we like that there are options for various budgets and lifestyles. Like Otofonix, you can purchase hearing aids online from the comfort of your own home. For a closer look at this provider, check out this year's MDHearingAid review.
If you're still on the hunt for the right provider, take a look at our list of this year's best hearing aid providers.