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Oticon Intent 1 vs. Phonak Lumity

July 2, 2024

From HJ, product tester:

“The L90’s are currently in use all the time. I’ve retired the Widex B440’s for music listening. The L90s do the job as well and with less tendency to feedback. There’s no need for me to keep swapping.

I tried the Intent 1. They are excellent hearing aids, with very similar overall performance to the L90s.

… It could have been Oticon or Phonak. It didn’t really matter which. They are both superb hearing aids.

I wouldn’t be able to differentiate between the performance of the Intent 1 and the L90s as hearing aids. The differences are trivial and boil down to personal preference. Also, price.

  • The Intents are slightly bulkier behind the ear towards the top than the L90s. They were a bit noisy because of contact with my spectacle arms. The L90s don’t make any noise behind my ear.
  • The sound of music streamed from a phone to the Intents using LE Audio is very good. Very detailed in the mid-range. Female vocals in particular sound excellent. The bottom end is lacking though. I think that most people would be very happy with the sound, but not fans of AC/DC or Led Zeppelin.
  • The streamed sound of the L90s isn’t quite as detailed as the Intents, but the bass is more realistic. One of my test tracks is Get it Hot, by AC/DC. The L90s don’t give quite the same experience as a decent Hi-Fi, but they try.
  • Phonak aids have universal Bluetooth connectivity. Oticon aids don’t.
  • The Intent charger is a poor little thing with no lid. The L90 charger is neat and compact. With a lid.”
HJ, July 2024