These days, there are all sorts of hearing aids on the market, with unique features, functions, styles, and technologies. It's important to take time and shop around to find the best hearing aid for your needs. With so many brands and models to choose from, it can be a daunting process to narrow down your options. Phonak and Unitron are two iconic hearing aid brands owned by the same parent company, Sonova. Let's take a look at how their products compare.
|Phonak Fast Facts|
|Unitron Fast Facts|
Phonak's Marvel line is the flagship of the brand. These devices use a sophisticated automatic scheme analyzer to set volume and microphone behavior automatically as you move throughout your day. They also provide a direct connection to iPhones and Android devices as well as built-in connectivity to their premium remote Roger microphones. For my patients with severe difficulty hearing well in background noise, this combination of features is among the best in the business. For a closer look at Phonak's hearing aids, check out this year's Phonak review.
Unitron shares some basic tech with Phonak, but because it's the “little brother” of Phonak, the prices tend to be a little lower. Their accessories are identical, and Unitron offers an excellent set of solutions for most of my patients. Unitron has had a solid footing in the pediatric market for many years, so if you've had hearing loss for most of your life, you may have worn Unitron devices in school. You can still benefit from the same technology and great customer service as an older adult since the company offers solutions for seniors as well.
|Bluetooth Capability||Yes (phone, TV)||Yes|
|Tinnitus Support Help||Yes||Yes|
|Customer Service||Online FAQ, online form, phone||Phone, product videos on website, online FAQ|
|Warranty||Yes, 1 year limited international warranty valid from date of purchase||Yes, 3 year manufacturer's warranty beginning on the date of original invoice|
|Free Trial||Yes, 30-day free trial||Yes, 30-day free trial|
Both companies offer a wide range of styles, with in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), and behind-the-ear (BTE) options. You'll find that the two have many similar hearing aids since they are under the same parent companies.
Phonak has one unique device called Lyric, which is an extended-wear invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid. This model is great for people with mild to moderate hearing loss and minimal difficulty in background noise. They are sold on a subscription plan and worn 24/7. The device's sealed battery lasts about three to four months, at which time your hearing specialist replaces it. Lyric is also an excellent solution for seniors who struggle to remember to charge their devices regularly.
FYI: Want to take a closer look at the different hearing aids styles and how they fit? Our consumer hearing aid guide covers everything you need to know.
Like most hearing aid manufacturers, Phonak and Unitron do not list any product prices on their websites. You can find out exact hearing aid costs by contacting or visiting a hearing aid professional near you. A specialist will also give you a hearing evaluation and fitting to find the solution that's best for your level of hearing loss, budget, and preferences.
Phonak and Unitron are siblings in the larger Sonova company, which allows them to share technology and resources for a very comprehensive line of products. Unitron is often slightly less expensive than comparable Phonak devices, but stacks up very well in terms of hearing correction and build quality. Over the years, I've fit my patients with Phonak and Unitron products, and they rarely disappoint.