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Oticon Vs. Widex Hearing Aids | Head to Head

October 1, 2023
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Amy Sarow is a practicing clinical audiologist and serves as Audiology Lead for Soundly. Her expertise and experience span topics including tinnitus, cochlear implants, hearing aid technology, and hearing testing. She holds a doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Iowa. During her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Sarow was inspired by the three-tiered, patient-centered approach, incorporating clinical work, teaching and research.

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Oticon Vs. Widex Hearing Aids | Head to Head

As an audiologist, I've seen the transformative power of hearing aids in my patients' lives. Hearing aids have come a long way in the last few years, with the top manufacturers producing high-quality devices with various features. Oticon and Widex are two of the leading manufacturers in the hearing aid industry. Having worked with both brands and seen their benefits, I took some time to compare them head-to-head. But to keep this fun, we'll look at this face-off like a boxing match between two heavyweight contenders.

In this head-to-head comparison, we'll look at the various styles, features, and sound quality of Oticon and Widex hearing aids. We will set up the comparison in a fun, face-off-like boxing match with five rounds of varying categories. So, without further ado, let's get ready to rumble!

Oticon vs. Widex hearing aid styles

Round One – Styles

In one corner of the ring, Oticon emerges as a fierce competitor with its sleek, rounded design. This design offers a modern aesthetic and delivers superior sound quality. The flagship Oticon Intent features a single push button, allowing for manual control over volume and program changes, which is a plus for those who prefer to access programs manually. And if you're looking for custom hearing aids, Oticon has everything from a tiny IIC to the more dexterity-friendly ITE. In addition to their functionality, Oticon hearing aids bring a fun element to the mix with their color options. They come in the typical range of hair and skin tone colors, but also a fun sky blue, ensuring there's a pair to suit every style preference. Moreover, with options available for CROS devices, Oticon caters to a wide range of needs, making high-quality hearing accessible for everyone.

Swinging into the other corner, we have Widex holding its ground. Widex hearing aids boast the smallest RIC (receiver-in-canal) model on the market. Their slightly boxier look may not be as sleek as Oticon's designs, but don't let that fool you. This compact design packs a punch, offering impressive sound quality while maintaining discretion for the wearer. Widex further flexes its muscles with a full range of hearing devices. From custom in-the-ear devices to behind-the-ear models, Widex has it all. This ensures that there is a Widex hearing aid to fit everyone's unique hearing needs and lifestyle. With each model, Widex brings its commitment to quality, innovation, and design, offering its users a powerful contender in the hearing aid industry. Stay tuned for the next round, folks, as the face-off continues!

Widex takes the edge in this round with its small RIC (receiver-in-canal) design. The RIC style is the crowd favorite among hearing aid styles, and Widex has mastered this. Its RIC model is not just the smallest on the market, but it also offers excellent sound quality while keeping discretion for the wearer intact. As we venture into the next round, the match continues to heat up. Stay tuned, folks, as we see who comes out swinging in the next round!

Oticon vs. Widex Bluetooth

Round Two – Bluetooth Connection

As we enter the second round, the battle pertains to Bluetooth connectivity. In this arena, Oticon makes a strong case with its Made for iPhone (MFi) technology. This feature allows seamless connection to your Apple devices, enabling you to stream high-quality sound directly to your hearing aids. Even better, you can receive and make phone calls hands-free, making this a knockout feature for iPhone users. Android users are not left in the dark, either! Oticon also assures excellent sound quality for music, podcasts, and audio for Android devices. With the new Oticon Intent, users with compatible Androids can also enjoy hands-free calls. Such a broad range of compatibility makes Oticon a formidable contender in this round! But we saved the best for last: the Oticon Intent now has Bluetooth LE, making is Auracast-ready.

Widex connects to iPhone using Made for iPhone (MFi) technology, providing a seamless, high-quality sound experience for iPhone users. When it comes to Android devices, Widex utilizes ASHA (Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids) technology to ensure Android users also enjoy superior sound quality. However, there's a slight jab to Android users: while iPhone users can take phone calls hands-free, Android users need an accessory to enjoy this feature.

Oticon comes out the winner of this round. Both Oticon and Widex deliver excellent features when it comes to Bluetooth connectivity. However, it's Oticon's Bluetooth LE feature that gives it the edge in this round.

Oticon vs. Widex app controls

Round Three – App Controls

As we move into round three, the focus shifts to app controls. Oticon offers streamlined, user-friendly app controls. Users looking for a simple and intuitive interface will appreciate the Oticon Companion app. This app offers a straightforward way to control your hearing aids by adjusting volume, switching programs, checking battery status, and so much more, all from the convenience of your Smartphone. The 'Find My Hearing Aid' functionality is a distinctive feature that gives Oticon an edge. Users can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they can easily track their hearing aids if misplaced. Another impressive feature from Oticon is their remote care feature within the app, permitting remote programming. This practical feature allows users to receive adjustments to their hearing aids from their hearing care professionals without needing to visit a clinic - a testament to Oticon's commitment to convenience and accessibility. Let's wait and see how Widex retaliates in this app control showdown.

Widex responds with its own powerful tool in the app control battle - the Widex AI-powered app. With their innovative PureSound technology, Widex steps up the game by allowing users to adjust sound quality through the app. This AI integration allows tailored adjustments to the sound profile, ensuring an optimal listening experience for every user. Widex also offers a 'Find My Hearing Aid' feature, matching Oticon blow for blow, allowing users to track down misplaced devices easily. However, Widex hits a setback in the remote care department. While Widex provides remote care functionality, users must have their neck loop accessory to utilize this feature.

Oticon emerges as the victor of this round. Despite Widex's robust AI-powered app and PureSound technology, Oticon's winning punch comes from its streamlined, user-friendly controls and remote care feature that doesn't require an extra accessory. The 'Find My Hearing Aid' functionality and the convenience of receiving remote programming adjustments further consolidate Oticon's winning position in this round. As the boxing match continues, it's clear that both contenders are giving their best. However, for this round, Oticon takes the trophy.

Oticon vs. Widex special features

Round Four – Special Features

Oticon comes out swinging with an incredibly convenient feature - the ability to answer phone calls with just a light press of a button on the hearing aid. This feature fits well with Oticon's Made for iPhone technology, allowing users to enjoy hands-free calls. This integration demonstrates Oticon's thoughtful design and commitment to providing a seamless, user-friendly experience.

Widex responds with a soothing solution for tinnitus sufferers - its array of tinnitus masking options. Users can experiment with and personalize their experience using Widex's signature fractal tones, a distinctive feature that sets them apart. These specially designed sounds provide relief to those struggling with tinnitus, enhancing their quality of life. This move demonstrates Widex's commitment to enhancing sound quality and addressing the less talked about yet vital aspect of hearing health.

We’re giving Widex the win in this round. The integral way Widex embraces modern technology, combined with its deep understanding of user needs, sets it apart. Its commitment to providing superior sound quality, convenient app controls, and unique features that genuinely improve user experience, such as groundbreaking tinnitus masking options, crowns it the winner of round four.  

Oticon vs. Widex sound quality

Round Five – Sound Quality

Widex has made a name for itself with its crisp, clean sound, catering to users who appreciate a clear and detailed auditory experience. The brand's signature PureSound technology delivers an echo-free, natural sound, even in challenging environments.

With its powerful sound class technology, Widex ensures that users can not only stay connected to their environment but also easily distinguish between different sounds, making it an impressive opponent in this sound quality showdown. Their ZeroDelay technology keeps sound natural rather than sounding overly processed. This makes Widex a go-to option for audiophiles who value a natural and refined sound experience. This technology offers users a lag-free, authentic audio experience, capturing high-fidelity sound quality and exceptional clarity. This unique feature underscores Widex's commitment to delivering a superior auditory experience, further intensifying this closely contested face-off between the two industry titans.

Oticon steps back into the ring, ready to throw down the gauntlet with its notable sound quality. Oticon is renowned for maintaining an open soundscape, ensuring users stay connected to their surroundings. This forward-thinking approach to sound design allows users to experience a full spectrum of sounds, enriching their auditory experience. Unlike traditional 'beamforming' technology, which selectively focuses on certain sounds while suppressing others, Oticon's open sound preserves all sound in your environment, providing a more balanced and natural listening experience.

Oticon further differentiates itself with its smooth, mellow sound. This characteristic sound signature of Oticon devices offers a soothing and pleasant auditory experience. This harmonious mix of an open soundscape and a smooth, mellow sound further emphasizes Oticon's dedication to creating a user-friendly, high-quality auditory experience. This makes Oticon a worthy contender in this match-up.

This round is close but the verdict for this round is in, and Widex is our winner! The superior clarity, natural sound, and the ZeroDelay technology combined with their deep understanding of user needs gives Widex the edge in this round. Widex's commitment to sound authenticity and user experience has prevailed in this fiercely contested sound quality showdown.

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The Winner

As this face-off finally draws to a close, it's time to declare the winner. After several intense rounds, each showcasing its unique strengths and innovative technology, Widex emerges as the victor. Widex's exceptional commitment to sound quality, thoughtful integration of modern technology, and special features like tinnitus masking options gave it an edge over Oticon. The sophistication and innovation of Widex's hearing aids, explicitly designed with the user in mind, demonstrates its leadership in the industry.


In conclusion, the matchup between Oticon and Widex offered a deep dive into the world of advanced hearing aid technology. It showcased how far we've come in developing these devices that so significantly impact the quality of life for many individuals. Each contender demonstrated its unique strengths, with Widex emerging victoriously due to its relentless commitment to sound quality, user-friendly features, and innovative technology, such as tinnitus masking options.

This showdown highlighted the importance of understanding and catering to user needs, proving that it's not just about technological advancements but also about how these technologies can enhance user experience and improve lives. Ultimately, it's a win for innovation, a win for user focus, and a win for Widex.

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