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The best hearing aids for tinnitus 2024, reviewed by audiologists

These hearing aids are the industry’s best when it comes to tinnitus relief and other noise-masking features.

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Ruth Reisman

Writtenm by

Dr. Ruth Reisman

Updated:

May 21, 2024

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Tinnitus, characterized by a constant ringing or buzzing tone in one or both ears, is a unique condition that can present itself alone or as a symptom of hearing loss. It affects an estimated 20% of people around the world.

The noise generated by tinnitus can be distracting, disorienting, and disheartening, but with the right hearing aid, it’s treatable.

Hearing aids amplify or boost the volume of sounds in the wearer’s environment. By making quiet sounds louder, these devices mask the ringing sound of tinnitus, so it’s barely noticeable.

Newer hearing aids, like some of the devices in this review, are even equipped with cutting-edge programs that automatically adjust settings, providing tinnitus patients with the perfect level of noise masking across different listening environments.

Read on to learn about the top hearing aids for tinnitus in 2024.

The best hearing aids for tinnitus, compared

Hearing Aid Price per pair OTC or prescription? Style Level of hearing loss covered Battery life
Note: Using Bluetooth streaming reduces battery life by about five hours.
Bluetooth Warranty
Widex MOMENT $3,000 to 7,500 Prescription BTE, RIC, mRIC, CIC Mild to profound 20 hours of continuous use per charge Yes, but additional accessory required for streaming to non-iPhone devices 3-year manufacturer’s warranty (440 & 330), 2 years manufacturer’s warranty for 220 & 110
Jabra Enhance Select 300 $1,795 to $1,995 OTC BTE Mild to profound Up to 30 hours per charge Yes, but some Android devices require wireless accessories to support direct streaming 3 years professional hearing care, manufacturer’s warranty & loss & damage protection (premium model). 1 year warranty plus loss & damage protection (basic model).
ReSound Nexia $5,599 to $7,199 Prescription 4 RIE models, 2 BTE models, smaller custom CIC styles Mild to profound 24 hours of use per charge Cutting-edge Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio enables reliable streaming without draining battery 3-year manufacturer’s warranty, plus one-time loss & damage protection
Starkey Genesis AI $4,380 to $7,510 Prescription 6 models: 2 RIC styles and 4 ITE styles Mild to severe 51 hours of use per charge Yes, in the RIC RT, mRIC R, ITE R, and ITC/HS R models. The CIC and IIC NW are not capable of streaming. 2400-, 2000-, and 1600-level devices have a 3-year manufacturer warranty. 1200-level devices come with a 2-year manufacturer warranty.
Signia Pure Charge & Go IX $4,000 to $8,000 Prescription Available in all styles, including rechargeable IIC models Mild to profound 34 hours of use per charge Signia Pure Charge&Go IX is Bluetooth LE-audio ready for iPhones and Androids. 3-year manufacturer’s warranty for all models, 2-year warranty for external components like casings & shells

 

Widex Moment: Best overall hearing aid for tinnitus

Why we picked the Widex MOMENT

Few hearing aid manufacturers pride themselves on their tinnitus therapy programs quite like Widex.

The Widex MOMENT is small, discreet, and easily adjusted, offering users several upgrades over the company’s preceding EVOKE model. There are four different levels of technology available for each model in the line (440, 330, 220, and 110), and all levels except the entry-level 110 are equipped with artificial intelligence to help you tailor these hearing aids to your unique preferences.

Users rave about the MOMENT’s fantastic music and sound quality, including an expanded library of soundscapes that play calming tones to relieve stress and tinnitus symptoms. Widex technology is built upon Zen therapy treatment principles, combining counseling, amplification, and relaxation strategies with soothing, randomized “fractal tones” to provide tinnitus relief.

The rechargeable mRIC model is currently the smallest hearing aid of its kind on the market, but it packs a gigantic punch to deliver some of the most natural sound prescription devices can offer.

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Pros of the Widex MOMENT

Zen Tinnitus Management. Widex has been a trailblazer in tinnitus therapy for over 10 years now. Its hallmark “zen” therapy programs play harmonic frequencies called fractal tones in random patterns that distract the brain, relieving unpleasant tinnitus symptoms. Users can choose from different programs and control each session’s pace, pitch, and volume. To use this feature, your audiologist has to activate it in the COMPASS GPS hearing aid software.

There are a variety of styles to fit different needs. The Widex MOMENT is available in BTE, RIC, and CIC styles, in multiple skin tones and bold shades like hot pink, and in four different technology levels to accommodate multiple tastes and degrees of hearing loss.

High-tech features for a natural sound. Widex technology achieves near-0 ms sound processing for some of the lowest delays in the industry. New hearing aid users often complain that their own voices sound unnatural through the devices, but Widex users find their voices sound clear and familiar through the company’s proprietary “PureSound” tech.

 

Cons of the Widex MOMENT

Accessory is required for remote adjustments. The Widex Remote Link device is required (in addition to an internet connection and the Widex Remote Care app on your smartphone) for a professional to make remote adjustments to your hearing aid. Retailing between $150 and $200, it’s a steep price to pay for something competing companies offer for free.

Extra accessory is required for non-iPhone streaming. This accessory allows you to stream directly from your phone, computer, or tablet. On the bright side, it allows you to simultaneously connect your hearing aids to two different Bluetooth-enabled devices at once. However, it does mean paying an additional $300 to $400 for a device you wear around your neck. The COMDEX isn’t required for streaming from an iPhone, but it improves the connection enough that it’s worth the investment.

There is only one rechargeable model in the series. The mRiC R D is currently the only model in the Moment lineup with a rechargeable battery. The RIC 312 D,  the RIC 10, and all three completely-in-canal (CIC) models, run on disposable batteries.

 

What our audiologists say about Widex

Dr. Jessica Hinson says: “Widex Moment is a small-sized RIC hearing aid with a research and development history of exemplary tinnitus and music processing. The Widex Zen program plays random fractal tones that keep the brain distracted from tinnitus.”

Dr. Ruth Reisman notes: “Widex has research-based tinnitus maskers that will reduce the risk of habituation to the tinnitus masker by never repeating the same melody. It also pairs with a tinnitus app that may offer a more comprehensive solution to tinnitus management.”

 

Jabra Enhance Select 300: Best OTC hearing aid for tinnitus

Why we picked the Jabra Enhance Select 300

The Jabra Enhance Select 300 is billed as Jabra Enhance’s most advanced OTC model, and the specs make it easy to see why.

Powered by the company’s trademarked SoundScape technology, the Select 300 uses smart microphones and a powerful processor to deliver clear hearing in noise, true depth of sound, and cutting-edge noise cancellation at an accessible price point. Most importantly, it’s currently the only OTC brand to offer built-in tinnitus treatment.

Jabra Enhance hearing aids are rebranded devices from prescription manufacturer ReSound, so you can trust you’re getting a prescription-quality product to treat your tinnitus even if you don’t go in for a consultation. Our audiologists like the company’s quick and easy online consultation and point to the Select 300’s impressive 30 hours of battery life on a 3-hour charge as a standout feature.

Make adjustments to the Select 300 using the Jabra Enhance Select app. It gives you pretty straightforward control over basic sound settings, but those who are unfamiliar with smartphones may have difficulty navigating the ins and outs.

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Pros of the Jabra Enhance Select 300

Prescription-grade tech, without the prescription. ‍OTC solutions provide affordable and convenient ways to purchase hearing aids online without sacrificing quality. Users report the Select 300 offers a gentle but noticeable boost to frequencies they want to hear without creating unwanted hissing or static. Just take an online hearing test or upload a professional audiogram to get your hearing aids in the mail.

Only OTC with a formal tinnitus masker. Jabra Enhance hearing aids are some of the only over-the-counter devices on the market with a designated tinnitus module built into them. Some users have complained that they have trouble accessing this module, but you should be able to switch it on with your audiologist’s help if you have any trouble at home.

Great for active users. Rated IP68 water-resistant, these hearing aids can withstand water, dust, sweat, and rain. Combined with a reasonable 30-hour battery life, it’s a great option for hearing aid users with active lifestyles.

 

Cons of the Jabra Enhance Select 300

Not suitable for severe hearing loss. Like other OTC hearing aids, the Jabra Enhance Select 300 isn’t designed for severe to profound cases of hearing loss. If you’ve been diagnosed with severe hearing loss, consider one of the prescription alternatives on this list to treat your tinnitus.

Adjustments require some tech savvy. While the devices’ Bluetooth capabilities and Jabra Enhance Pro app are great improvements for those who know how to navigate compatible smartphones, these hearing aids might come with a bit of a learning curve for anyone who struggles with technology.

Limited basic package. The most affordable package for Jabra Enhance hearing aids doesn’t include telehealth support, and the warranty is only good for one year.

 

What our audiologists say about Jabra Enhance:

Dr. Jesicca Hinson says:“Jabra Enhance hearing devices are comfortable, lightweight devices that can be adjusted with your smartphone app. Jabra also connects you with a member of their audiology team who can adjust your devices for you from afar. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to an in-person customized fit!”

Dr. Ruth Reisman comments: “Jabra Enhance is the only OTC manufacturer with a formal tinnitus masker within their hearing aids. As a rebranded ReSound hearing aid you are ultimately getting a medical-grade hearing aid with professional support.”

ReSound Nexia: Best smartphone app for tinnitus hearing aids

Why we picked the ReSound Nexia

In a world where smartphones control practically everything in our daily lives, it’s important for hearing aids to have a comprehensive app — like the ReSound Nexia. These high-tech, rechargeable devices are adjusted with one of the best hearing aid apps for tinnitus, the ReSound Smart 3D app.

The app is consistently rated by users and professionals alike as being among the best in the business, with an easy-to-understand user interface that facilitates quick adjustments in almost any situation.

Most importantly, the Smart 3D app features a dedicated tinnitus treatment program that helps patients cope with ringing and humming by masking them with soothing natural sounds. Choose from a large selection of sounds and make adjustments to match the program to your preferences.

Paired with the advanced listening system of the companies’ new Nexia devices, the ReSound Tinnitus Relief app is an easy choice for treating mild to severe tinnitus.

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Pros of the ReSound Nexia

ReSound Smart 3D app. This industry-leading app gives users total control over their hearing aids, from basic volume and program adjustments to more sophisticated features like location-based hearing presets and custom tinnitus treatment programs. You can also use the app to speak directly with a hearing care specialist if you need professional assistance.

Advanced directional system makes for better hearing in noise. Built upon the successful technology of ReSound’s preceding OMNIA line, Nexia hearing aids are designed with an omnidirectional listening system that enhances speech from all angles to create a more natural listening experience for the user.

Multiple charging options are available for RIC models. Rechargeable RIE Nexia models can be charged using one of three different chargers. The Premium Charger carries three extra charges for reliable use on the go, while the Desktop and Standard chargers require a wall outlet for power. This doesn’t apply to the Nexia BTE hearing aids, which can only be powered only by the Desktop charger.

 

Cons of the ReSound Nexia

“Auracast” broadcasts ahead of their time. Nexia ReSound is equipped with Auracast broadcast audio. This cutting-edge technology allows a single device to broadcast multiple audio streams that can be picked up by anyone in the area with a compatible receiver. Auracast broadcasts should become widely available in the next couple of years, but for now, this feature may have limited usage in public spaces.

There is no AI integration. While other hearing aids on this list are equipped with smart features that can automatically respond to the wearer’s listening environment, the ReSound Nexia requires users to make manual adjustments on the app (or remotely with the help of a hearing care specialist).

No fitness and health tracking. Patients with more active lifestyles may want a hearing aid that monitors key fitness stats like step counting and heart rate.

 

What our audiologists say about ReSound

Dr. Jessica Hinson shares: “Nexia devices have proven successful in my practice in reducing tinnitus for most who are suffering from mild to severe tinnitus. In addition, the ReSound Tinnitus Relief app is the best app on the market for masking tinnitus. It contains preset programs, but also allows you to customize your own masking sound that works best for you.”

Dr. Ruth Reisman says: “ReSound is a top hearing aid manufacturer that has a stock masker within the hearing aid that also pairs with a tinnitus app that may offer a more comprehensive solution to tinnitus management.”

Starkey Genesis AI: Best AI-powered hearing aid for tinnitus

Starkey Genesis AI

Why we picked Starkey Genesis AI

Available in four different technology levels — the Starkey Genesis AI 1200, Starkey Genesis AI 1600, Starkey Genesis AI 2000, and Starkey Genesis AI 2400 — the Starkey Genesis AI is widely considered one of the most technologically advanced hearing aids available today.

It’s also one of the longest-lasting rechargeable hearing aids on the market, with an average battery life of over 50 hours per charge.

The My Starkey app is a great tool for tech-savvy users that allows them to adjust volume and other sound settings, track health goals, and even translate foreign languages. Even if tech specs aren’t your main concern, these devices are a good option for anyone whose family wants to check in on their overall well-being.

All Starkey hearing aids come with a Multiflex Tinnitus program that allows users to choose from one of three tinnitus maskers. The “White noise” setting evenly distributes masking sounds across the frequency spectrum based on your audiogram’s pure-tone frequency/pitch average.

The “Audiogram-shaped noise” setting sets the level of each individual noise band in relation to your unique hearing configuration rather than an overall pure-tone average.

For even more customization to your tinnitus relief, you can use Starkey’s stimulus personalization tool by placing the masking frequencies in the best frequency bands for you based on real-time measurements automatically taken by the hearing aids.

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Pros of the Starkey Genesis AI

AI-powered sound quality. Starkey claims to have the most advanced processing technology in the industry, and this is shown with the Genesis AI. This hearing aid is powered by an onboard Deep Neural Network (DNN) accelerator engine that allows users to effortlessly hear soft sounds without unwanted noise.

Long battery life. With RIC models boasting an average 51 hours of battery life per charge, the Genesis AI easily has the longest battery life of any device on this list. That time comes down to about 45 hours with audio streaming, and smaller models like the mRIC R have slightly less battery life at around 41 hours per charge — but even the lowest of these times is among the best in the whole hearing aid industry.

Comfortable, lightweight design. The Genesis AI’s rounded shape, lightweight, and patented FlexForm™ receiver cables make the device extremely comfortable around the ear.

 

Cons of the Starkey Genesis AI

No BTE option is available. There are currently six different Genesis AI models available in RIC and ITE styles. These designs can provide added comfort and discretion to a hearing aid, but more profound cases of hearing loss require power and amplification that only a behind-the-ear (BTE) device can provide.

Pricier than most. All those technological bells and whistles aren’t cheap. Averaging around $4,380 to $7,510 for a pair, the Genesis AI is easily one of the more expensive models on this list. This may be out of budget for some, but charitable organizations like the Starkey Hearing Organization may be able to help out qualifying patients by covering part of the cost.

Connectivity issues. Some users have reported that the hearing aid’s AI listening feature can sometimes cause sound to cut in and out. Similar issues have been noted with the Genesis AI’s Bluetooth connectivity, and its lack of hands-free calling support for Android smartphones.

 

What our audiologists say about Starkey

Dr. Jesicca Hinson comments: “Starkey hearing aids focus on clarity of speech, while also maintaining good background noise reduction. For tech-savvy users, the Thrive app allows for so many amazing features such as Fall Alert, Reminders, Activity and Engagement tracking, and even a Translator!”

Dr. Ruth Reisman says: “If you want the most for your buck, Starkey is definitely the way to go. In addition to improved hearing, you get a lot of additional tools, including tinnitus management, health tracking, falls alerts, and even language translations.”

Signia Pure Charge & Go IX: Most versatile hearing aid for tinnitus treatment

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Why we picked Signia Pure Charge & Go IX

Released in October 2023, the Signia Pure Charge & Go IX is the world’s first hearing aid with a multi-stream architecture capable of accurately pinpointing multiple moving people in real time – automatically adapting to enhance their speech and reducing background noise even when they’re  on the move.

Signia’s gone to great lengths to “future-proof” the Pure C & G IX, packing it with other cutting-edge features like Auracast broadcasting and Bluetooth LE Audio. This is true for all hearing aids in their new Integrated Xperience (IX) generation, which offer improved speech clarity due to changes in directional microphone processing, advancements in overall sound quality, prolonged battery life, and tons of other upgrades.

The Signia Pure Charge & Go IX supports streaming with both Android and Apple devices, and you can adjust your hearing aids with the help of the mobile Signia app. Here, users can access the My WellBeing fitness tracker, the AI-powered Signia assistant, and schedule appointments with a hearing specialist for remote adjustments.

Signia hearing aids offer five different types of static noise therapy signals for tinnitus relief. The company’s “Notch” therapy is its most well-known, but you can also choose from programs like “ocean wave” and “static noise” to hear different programs. We recommend working directly with a hearing care professional to choose the best program for your case of tinnitus.

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Pros of the Signia Pure Charge & Go IX

Notch therapy. Signia’s proprietary tinnitus treatment program is expertly tailored to patients suffering from tonal tinnitus. While traditional tinnitus therapies work by introducing a new sound into the patient’s environment to mask out ringing, Signia Notch Therapy amplifies sounds using a notch filter that boosts everything except the frequency of the patient’s tinnitus. This approach soothes the over-stimulated part of the brain commonly linked to tinnitus.

AI assistant ensures software is always up to date. The Signia’s app AI-powered assistant can automatically adjust hearing aid settings for users based on their listening environment. Just answer a few questions in the app when you’re having trouble hearing, and the Signia Assistant will provide you with custom settings you can try out in real time.

CROS-compatible. Signia offers a CROS Pure Charge&Go model built on the company’s new Integrated Xperience (IX) system. This hearing aid is compatible with all models in the Pure Charge&Go IX lineup and makes for an effective solution to unilateral hearing loss, also known as single-sided deafness.

 

Cons of the Signia Pure Charge&Go IX

Significant tweaks are required. Some users have a hard time physically positioning the receiver in their ears. Others find that no matter how many times they adjust the settings in the app, they can never get the Charge & Go to amplify conversations — in both quiet and noisy listening environments — the way it’s supposed to.

Streaming quality could be better. Users report a tinny sound quality and minimal bass response when streaming media and processing voice calls. This is relatively average across the hearing aid industry, but we were hoping for a bit more clarity given the price point.

Limited styles. With only receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) styles available at the time of writing, we can’t help but wish the Pure Charge & Go IX lineup had a little more variety to accommodate custom and behind-the-ear designs.

 

What our audiologists say about Signia

Dr. Jesicca Hinson says: “Signia uses a proprietary tinnitus notch approach to reducing a patient’s tinnitus. In addition, they offer a tinnitus masking program that can be adjusted for each individual user by the audiologist.”

Dr. Ruth Reisman comments: “Signia is my brand of choice as an audiologist who treats a variety of hearing disorders in addition to hearing loss. The diversity of the styles and hearing features makes it the most well-rounded hearing device, in my opinion.”

What causes tinnitus?

A number of factors can trigger tinnitus, including aging, exposure to loud noises, buildup of wax or fluids in the ears, pregnancy, head injury, and conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Temporary bouts of tinnitus can also be triggered by ear infections and the use of certain medications, including:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antibiotics
  • Diuretics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Antidepressants

Vascular problems can cause a rhythmic, pulsatile tinnitus that follows the beat of a patient’s heart. Tinnitus can also present as a symptom of the following conditions:

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Brain tumors

The exact mechanisms behind tinnitus aren’t entirely known, but most researchers think it’s tied to a misfiring of auditory neurons in the inner ear. Most cases of tinnitus are considered “subjective” because the patient is the only one who can hear their symptoms. But in rare cases of objective tinnitus, other people can hear the patient’s tinnitus, too.

Tinnitus alone can’t physically harm you. However, patients have reported a number of negative side effects on their mental health, including stress, depression, poor sleep, and difficulty concentrating.

If your tinnitus has been exacerbating any of these symptoms in you, it may be time to make an appointment with a licensed audiologist.

Is there a cure for tinnitus?

For most people, there’s no permanent cure for tinnitus.

Some patients experience temporary tinnitus as the result of an underlying issue like an ear infection or cardiovascular condition. These cases resolve themselves once the cause is treated, but the majority of tinnitus cases are not linked to an underlying medical problem and can’t be cured for good.

Just because tinnitus can’t be cured doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. In fact, there are many effective treatment options available to tinnitus patients, including:

  • Hearing aids. These devices are available OTC or as a prescription.
  • Noise machines and white noise apps. These help mask the noise from tinnitus.
  • Therapy treatments. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) have been shown to help.
  • Bimodal neuromodulation for tinnitus. These treatments target the brain by stimulating two different sensory systems at the same time. Lenire and Neosensory require patients to wear headphones and a mouth device every day for an hour for at least six weeks.
  • Wellness and stress management techniques. These techniques have been linked to improved tinnitus symptoms. Increased physical activity, meditation, and other calming activities are said to help people regain control of their bodies by calming their minds.

Are hearing aids a good treatment for tinnitus?

Hearing aids are an especially effective tinnitus treatment when a patient’s tinnitus is tied to hearing loss.

The amplification that hearing aids provide gives the brain sound stimulation that distracts from persistent ringing sounds. Newer models feature tinnitus relief programs that combine amplification with sound therapy by playing soothing sounds to further distract from the ringing in your ears.

While no hearing aids are made exclusively for tinnitus treatment, their masking effect is strongest for patients whose tinnitus symptoms fall in the same frequency range as their hearing loss.

If you’re unsure of how to choose the best hearing aid for your symptoms, find an audiologist near you to make an appointment.

How we reviewed hearing aids for tinnitus

We evaluated hearing aids based on a combination of customer reviews and feedback from licensed audiologists. Our board of audiologists reviewed tinnitus masking features offered by every major manufacturer in the industry, highlighting these devices based on:

  • Cost
  • Design
  • Battery life
  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • Tech features
  • Customization options
  • Available warranties

Our audiologists use these hearing aids in their own practices and know from first-hand experience that these work best for patients with tinnitus.

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Frequently asked questions

Can hearing aids help tinnitus?

Yes. Hearing aids can amplify certain sounds in a user’s environment to a point where they cover up, or “mask,” the sound of tinnitus. Modern-day hearing devices are often equipped with tinnitus treatment programs specifically designed to target unwanted ringing or buzzing.

How well do hearing aids help with tinnitus?

Tinnitus patients report significant improvement in their condition after being fitted for hearing aids. Not only do the devices mask the sound of tinnitus, they also allow for clearer communication in daily life with the irritating frequency removed.

What is the best way to stop ringing in your ears?

The best treatment for your tinnitus ultimately depends on the root cause. People who suffer from intermittent tinnitus may find the condition is tolerable enough to continue without treatment. If your tinnitus is caused by hearing loss, the most effective approach is to treat the hearing loss itself with a suitable hearing aid. Many hearing aid wearers report that their tinnitus is significantly masked or eliminated completely when they’re wearing their devices.

How long does it take for hearing aids to help tinnitus?

Recent studies show tinnitus patients experience significantly reduced symptoms and improvement in auditory levels after six months of wearing hearing aids.

What does an audiologist do for tinnitus?

An audiologist may conduct a thorough hearing assessment and recommend the best hearing aid for your particular case of tinnitus. If they find your tinnitus is linked to hearing loss, the use of a hearing aid can restore clarity to muffled sounds in addition to masking unwanted frequencies. An audiologist can also recommend additional treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy to combat the negative effects of tinnitus in combination with sound therapy devices.