Compare Phonak vs. Sonic Hearing Aids

What’s the difference between Phonak Hearing Aids and Sonic Hearing Aids? See how our editors compare the two companies below.
Last Updated: April 18, 2018
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Phonak Hearing Aids
7.9 / 10 - Very good
#10 in Hearing Aids
Sonic Hearing Aids
7.9 / 10 - Very good
#8 in Hearing Aids
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Key Facts

  • 24 hearing aids to choose from
  • Lyric model offers 30-days for free
  • 100% invisible, no batteries to change
  • Battery lasts for 2-3 months
  • Take an online hearing test to measure up your hearing capacity
  • HearingLikeMe blog helps understand how to live with hearing loss
  • 6 styles of hearing aids available in a number of models
  • Speech Variable Processing produces clearer, more intelligible speech 
  • SoundGate connects your hearing aids to other devices wirelessly
  • Watch instructional videos and read about the intricacies of hearing loss 

OVERALL RATINGS

 PhonakSonic
Product Offerings7/108/10
Additional Services8/109/10
Pricing7/107/10
After-Sale Service10/108/10
Reputation7/108/10

Phonak Product Offerings

 PhonakSonic
Product Type
True Hearing Aid
True Hearing Aid
Types of Hearing Aids
IIC
BTE
Mini BTE
RIC
ITE
CROS
IIC
CIC
ITC
BTE
Mini BTE
RITE
RIC
ITE
 PhonakSonic
Accessories
Charger Plate
Cleaning Kit
Bag
Remote Control
Mobile App
Charger Plate
Remote Control
Mobile App
Mobile Phone Compatibility
iOS
Android
iOS
Android

Features

Phonak
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Sonic
  • Preset Sound Profiles
  • Directional Mics
  • Digital Noise Reduction
  • Digital Feedback Reduction
  • Bluetooth & Internet Connectivity
  • Frequency Shifting
  • Tinnitus Maskers
  • Wind Noise Reduction
  • Binaural
  • Learning Capability
  • Preset Sound Profiles
  • Directional Mics
  • Digital Noise Reduction
  • Digital Feedback Reduction
  • Bluetooth & Internet Connectivity
  • Telecoil
  • FM Compatibility
  • Frequency Shifting
  • Tinnitus Maskers
  • Wind Noise Reduction
  • Binaural

Phonak Additional Services

 PhonakSonic
Financing Available
No
Trial Offer
Yes
Trial Offer Period
30 days (only for Lyric™)
Online Hearing Test
Yes
No
Modes of Contact
Phone
Email
Phone
Email

Phonak Pricing

Lowest Price (1 unit)

$1,850

Highest Price (1 unit)

$3,500

Phonak After-Sale Service

 PhonakSonic
Warranty Length
One year (international warranty)
Warranty Extendable?
No
No
Warranty Coverage
Phonak recommends that customers ask their hearing care professional about the terms of the warranty. Phonak offers a one year limited warranty that covers any of the hearing aid's manufacturing or material defects, but not accessories such as batteries or ear modules. The warranty can only be applied if proof of purchase is shown. It also does not cover any expenses from damages the hearing aid suffered as a result of mishandling or tinkering.
Sonic hearing aids are covered by an international limited warranty that will be issued by the manufacturer from the date of delivery.
Text of Warranty
Deductible/Copay
No
No

Phonak Reputation

 PhonakSonic
BBB Rating
A+
D+
Trust Pilot Rating
7.3 out of 10
Date Collected
2018-02-28
 PhonakSonic
Year Founded
1989
1998

Consumer Litigation & Regulatory Actions



Company Profile

Full Name
Phonak Hearing Aids
Sonic Hearing Aids
Company Website
Headquarters
4520 Weaver Parkway, Warrenville, IL, 60555
2501 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ, 08873

Final Verdict

Sonic Hearing Aids and Phonak Hearing Aids are very close in quality and have the same overall rating. That said, Sonic scores better than Phonak across: Product Offerings, Additional Services, and Reputation. Whereas, Phonak scores better on After-Sale Service. Both companies score similarly on Pricing.


Customer Comments & Reviews

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Annie A
Los Angeles, California
1/20/2018
Phonak Hearing Aids review
I've worn an analog in-the-ear Phonak for the last five years and have been thrilled with the natural sound quality. Recently I purchased two behind-the-ear aids and have been very disappointed with the sound quality and discrimination. If I didn't have the first aid, I would think the new digital aids were fine, but I have Phonak's much better, now discontinued analog aid to compare them to and they fall short: tinny sound, echoes, distortions in sound. Have had this adjusted many times to try to get them to match the first aid, with no success. Something is wrong at Phonak that they think the highly touted digital aids are better than the analogs.


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Ed
Charter Township of Fort Gratiot, Michigan
1/18/2018
Sonic Hearing Aids review
I purchased the Enchanted model a month ago, FANTASTIC. No problems hearing anything now. As a matter of fact my hearing is so clear and so crisp I have to ask people to please speak softer. I thought my appliances had received a surge of voltage when the ready beep went off on the microwave or when the refrigerator door open alarm was beeping. I could actually hear them now, crystal clearly. Absolutely no problems with them and I have very waxy ears. I simply clean the little ear piece and no problem. Batteries are great because I use the blue tooth feature all day at work; my batteries last 7 days. I have listened to other brands for much more money and wouldn't change a thing. I have already recommended two people and they love them too. $4,000 was well worth the cost compared to others at more or less money.


Jordan S
8/4/2017
Phonak Hearing Aids review
My father has used Phonak's hearing aids for years. When he turns them on, his hearing is whole again. Sometimes, he'd rather tune the world out, however. Otherwise, their reliable products have required little in the way of maintenance.