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Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP hearing aid review

The Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP hearing aid is an over-the-ear device designed for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP Hearing Aid review
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Our Verdict

The Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP is a very discreet looking hearing aid that could help people with mild to moderate hearing loss. It's lightweight and easy to use, and is designed to enable sound to flow more naturally into your ear.

For

  • Virtually invisible
  • Simple to use
  • Comes with a travel pouch

Against

  • Not powerful enough for some

The Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP is an over-the-ear device designed for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss, and features in our guide to the best hearing aids. It's virtually invisible from the side, and is therefore a good choice for those who want a very discreet hearing aid. 

It's made by General Hearing Instruments (GHI), and comes with a pocket-sized travel pouch and an effective cleaning tool for keeping it in tip-top condition. Better still, the Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP comes on a 90-day trial, so you will have time to make sure it's right for your hearing needs.

Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP review: Design

The Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP comes preprogrammed with a single setting tailored to a specific hearing loss range and is not customizable. If you want a hearing aid that can be customized in that way, take a look at our Audicus Uno review or the Audicus Dia.

This General Hearing Instruments hearing aid features an open-fit design that eliminates the feel of a plugged-up ear canal. That design also enables sound to flow naturally into your ear. 

Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP Hearing Aid review: an illustration showing the various features of the hearing aid

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In terms of comfort, the Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP features a micro poly tube connected to a vented soft dome that sits in your ear canal. This feature is designed to bypass mechanical failure caused by any potential ear wax build-up.

However, for greater amplification, you can opt for a medium or large tube. The Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP comes in a single color option, beige, and is so small it's virtually invisible when worn. This is good news for those who want as discreet a device as possible.

Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP review: Features

The Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP has an automatic circuit construction that works with two electronic controls. With a manual volume control, you can adjust the hearing aid's level to go up or down, depending on what you find comfortable and useful for the environment you are in.

The tone compression and expansion circuit feature separates incoming sounds into low- and high-pitched frequencies, with the base and treble continuously adjusting automatically for clear sound reproduction.

Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP Hearing Aid review: the device shown in beige color

(Image credit: General Hearing Instruments)

Additionally, this hearing aid amplifies only soft sounds, using acoustic transparency for loud noises. There is no IP rating listed with this unit, with little information provided by the manufacturer regarding its level of dust- and water-resistance.

The Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP hearing aid uses size 312 batteries that last approximately 510 hours. The unit emits a beeping sound when the battery is running low and is in need of replacing. All of this is covered in the quick-start DVD and owner's manual, both of which come in the pocket travel pouch, along with a zinc-air battery and a hearing aid cleaning tool.

Should you buy the Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP?

The Simplicity Hi Fidelity EP is a virtually invisible hearing aid designed to provide enhanced sound control for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Its features separate high- and low-pitched frequencies that require fewer adjustments while you're wearing it. 

While it offers basic volume control, there is no telecoil option nor does it have wireless or Bluetooth connectivity. For a hearing aid with a telecoil option, read our Pro Ears Pro Hear IV review.

However, it's backed with a 60-day trial period and a one-year manufacturer's warranty, with additional extended warranties available through the manufacturer or third-party sellers.