What's the difference?

Hearing Amplifiers vs. Hearing Aids

The answer could save you thousands.

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Hearing in groups or with background noise

Today’s hearing aids utilize complex noise reduction algorithms designed to reduce background noise for better speech intelligibility, especially in challenging hearing situations. Warbler’s noise reduction system is designed by professional sound engineers that have decades of experience in the hearing aid industry. In our opinion, Warbler’s noise reduction technologies are state-of-the-art and comparable to any other noise management systems available throughout the hearing aid industry.

Summary: Tie. In our opinion, Warbler’s noise reduction system which includes impulse noise control, active noise reduction, wind management, and adaptive directionality is very much comparable to other platforms offered by major hearing aid brands.  

Feedback Cancellation

Hearing aids offer feedback cancellation which cuts out that annoying whistling. In our opinion, Warbler’s dynamic feedback cancellation is on-par with current feedback cancellation platforms.

Summary: Tie. In our opinion, Warbler’s feedback cancellation system is just as good as those offered by top hearing aid providers. 

Customized amplification based on your audiogram

This is the main difference between a hearing aid and an amplifier. Hearing aids are (or should be) programmed to the wearer’s hearing loss, thus providing a greater improvement to the wearer’s hearing loss. Warbler uses a generic approach to amplification. Its delivery has an emphasis on the higher frequencies, which enables the amplifier to provide greater clarity. Through the Warbler app, the wearer can also customize their settings by adjusting the volume and or sound brightness in order to create a more comfortable hearing level, while improving their listening efforts.

Summary: Advantage goes to Hearing aid, however customization can be achieved through the Warbler mobile app. 

Wireless Technology

Wireless technology is a fundamental feature to current hearing aids. It helps address background noise through binaural directionality, and just as importantly, if not more so, it allows you to connect your devices to your smartphone.

The Warbler hearing app offers great connectivity that is fast, seamless, and intuitive, and it works equally well for both Apple and Android. However due to its classification as an amplifier, Warbler does not offer streaming at this time.

Summary: Advantage goes to Hearing Aid. The Warbler Hearing app is super easy to use for both Android and Apple, however due to the inability for streaming, the advantage goes to Hearing Aid.


In today’s economic climate, affordability has become a major concern. Like everything else, the cost of hearing aids has gone up. A simple google search will reveal that the average cost for a pair of hearing aids in Canada is typically around $4500 and can go as high as nearly double that for a premium pair.

Warbler Wireless Series 5 amplifiers cost less than a $1000, and with its risk free 60-day trial, you can try Warbler knowing that you can return them for full credit should you be dissatisfied.

Summary: Warbler. This one is a no brainer. Warbler costs less than 20% of the average pair of hearing aids. That means great value for your purchase.

** Warbler is developed and assembled in North America by an American manufacturer that prefers to remain anonymous at this time.