Eargo LINK Review

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March 21, 2024
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In the Ear
OTC
Rechargeable
Bluetooth

Background

Eargo, known for its discreet, in-the-ear design and rechargeable battery system, has introduced a new addition to its lineup in early 2024: Eargo LINK. Departing from its traditional form factor, Eargo LINK adopts a more earbud-like appearance, aiming to address a longstanding challenge faced by the company – Bluetooth streaming capabilities. While Eargo has earned acclaim for its invisible in-the-ear designs, integrating Bluetooth streaming into such small devices has proven elusive. It’s worth noting, Bluetooth streaming is not commonly found in invisible hearing aids. LINK is Eargo’s move to bridge the gap between hearing aid-level sound algorithms and modern Bluetooth functionality.

What's New

Priced at $799, Eargo LINK enters the market as a more budget-friendly option compared to its counterparts, Eargo SE at $1,699 and Eargo Seven at $2,950. This competitive pricing reflects Eargo's entry into a densely populated market of earbud-style devices, including competitors like Jabra Enhance Plus, Sony, CRE-E10, and even AirPods Pro. Unlike traditional Eargo devices that use a hearing test for customization, Eargo LINK offers four preset programs designed to accommodate the majority of users' hearing profiles. Eargo LINK uses Bluetooth 5.3 technology which ensures connectivity with Android and iPhone devices, delivering an experience akin to popular wireless earbuds. Of course, the most interesting part of Eargo’s new devices is their combination of top-end sound algorithms with a solid Bluetooth device.

The Details

  • Stream phone calls and music with Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity (Android or iPhone)
  • Benefit from features such as Active Noise Cancellation, Noise Reduction, and Feedback Cancellation for enhanced listening experiences
  • Enjoy extended listening sessions with up to 9 hours of runtime on a single charge
  • Directional microphones aid in focusing on sounds in front of you, improving clarity in noisy environments
  • Eargo LINK is sweat and splash-resistant with an IP54 rating
  • Ready to use out of the box with four preset listening programs tailored to different hearing profiles

Our Take

Eargo LINK offers an intriguing solution for users seeking Bluetooth functionality. The device combines hearing aid-level sound management algorithms with a modern Bluetooth feature set. We believe this product is ideal for activities such as watching TV or navigating challenging auditory environments. However, for those planning to wear hearing aids consistently throughout the day, Eargo SE or Eargo Seven will provide a more customized sound experience and a more comfortable fit.

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Soundly Scorecard
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Hearing Loss Level 🔊
Mild - Moderate
  • Eargo LINK hearing aids are sold over the counter and are appropriate for those with mild-moderate hearing loss
  • If you have more significant hearing loss it is recommended that you access professional care through Telehealth or local care
Care Type 🏥
Over-The-Counter
  • Available for purchase online or at some retail stores
  • Do not require a prescription from a doctor
  • LINK offers four pre-set modes (no fine-tuning via app)
Sound Quality 🔊
Average in Background Noise
  • Eargo LINK has well-developed background noise management algorithms
  • Eargo LINK offers Bluetooth streaming with noise cancelation features
Comfort 🦻
Less Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • Eargo LINK sits inside the ear like an earbud
  • The device comes with various ear tip styles, but occlusion (boominess of your own voice) is a complaint for some users
  • Our team finds that Eargo LINK is comfortable enough for situational wear, a few hours at a time

Style  💫
In The Ear - Non Molded
  • Sit inside the ear like an earbud
  • Available in black
Battery 🔋
Rechargeable Only
  • Eargo LINK hearing aids are rechargeable
  • 9 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • Each Eargo LINK pair of hearing aids comes with a portable recharge case that carries 4 additional charges
Connection 📡
Bluetooth Available
  • Eargo LINK comes with Bluetooth 5.3 streaming
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android devices
Dexterity Level 🤏
Easy
  • Eargo LINK is very easy to handle
  • The recharge case includes convenient magnets that pull the product into place
  • No battery changes needed

Waterproof Level 💦
IP54
  • Eargo LINK hearing aids have an IP54 rating. Eargo SE devices can handle splashes and sweat but shouldn't be fully submerged.
App features 📱
Does Not Have An App
  • Eargo LINK does not have a smartphone app
What's Included
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2 Eargo Link hearing aids

An Eargo portable charging case

45-day risk-free trial

1-year warranty

Lifetime support

Return Policy
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Eargo offers a 45-day risk-free trial

Technology
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Eargo Link offers Bluetooth streaming for Android and iPhone devices

Eargo LINK devices last 9 hours before they need a recharge

The Eargo LINK charge case holds an additional 4 charges of cordless power

Eargo LINK devices have an IP54 rating and can withstand splashes and sweat

Eargo LINK does not use a smartphone app for customization. Instead, the devices come with 4 settings which map to the most common hearing loss configurations.

How It Works
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Order Eargo LINK hearing aids online or over the phone. All orders come with free shipping, and you can return your hearing aids for any reason for 45 days. 

Your devices will arrive in 4-6 business days. You'll get all the accessories you need along with step-by-step instructions on how to tune your hearing aids at home using your phone. 

If you need it, Eargo offers support from a licensed professional via text, call, or video.

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