The Soundlens range is made by Starkey, a US based hearing aid manufacturer with subsidiaries in UK and most other major markets around the world. Starkey has historically focused on the manufacture of very small hearing aids, sometimes at the expense of the latest technology and the Soundlens is a continuation of that philosophy with Starkey claiming it as the first "custom fit invisible-in-the-canal" hearing aid. It is certainly very small and needs to be professionally fitted deep within the ear canal.
A great many of the hearing aid companies design a new product, incorporating all their very best technologies and then de-feature the range to provide a broad range of price points. This practice is common throughout the industry. Starkey is no different with Soundlens – there is the top-end Soundlens 11, the mid-range Soundlens 9 and the entry-level Soundlens 7. Let us suggest a rule of thumb to tackle this dilemma. Always look at the top two and decide whether you will use all, some or none of the new features on offer. It is often better to opt for the mid-range which will contain the latest sound processing but with a few bells and whistles missing. At the other end of the scale compare the entry-level product with the range that is being replaced – you are often better to have yesterday’s mid or top-end product rather than the latest entry-level.
Soundlens 7 is a good product but have a look at what else you can get for the same money. Our suggestion is to shop around. We have great prices and even more advice, so why not give us a call to discuss what you need and what is best for you.