5 Best Bluetooth Hearing Aids In 2022

September 1, 2022
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Review Process For This Guide

Soundly conducts regular research to guide prospective hearing aid wearers. We update this guide each month with the latest products. To get to this month's list we underwent the research below:

- 50+ Hours Research Conducted Each Month
- 3 Licensed Audiologists Consulted
- 32 Total Brands Reviewed
- 1,000+ Customer Reviews Considered

Bluetooth Hearing Aids 2022

A Brief Bluetooth History

In 1994 Jaap Haartsen and his colleagues set out to connect two nearby devices without a cord. It seems simple now, but they had no idea how to make it work.

Eventually, they devised a plan to send low-power electrical signals through the air using what they initially called "short link" radio.

They later named the technology Bluetooth and published a protocol that turned the invention into a global standard.

Jaap Haartsen Bluetooth Inventor
Jaap Haartsen

Over the next several years, Bluetooth spread to phones, headphones, and radios. In 2004 Starkey released the first Bluetooth hearing aid using a clunky design plugged into the bottom of a hearing device.

Nearly 20 years later, Bluetooth hearing aids have reached the mainstream. Almost every major manufacturer offers Bluetooth in their newest devices. Some leaders like Phonak have turned hearing aids into a fully featured Airpod alternative with hands-free calling and tap controls.


Someone buy Jaap a drink. 🍺

What makes a good Bluetooth hearing aid?

Bluetooth is now found in most premium hearing aids, so what sets the leaders apart? Here are the factors we looked at when forming this list.

  1. Device Compatibility - We looked for products that connect to a wide range of devices including Android and Apple
  2. Form Factor - We included hearing aids across several form factors from receiver-in-canal to headphone hybrid and (nearly) invisible
  3. Ease of Connection - We looked at customer reviews to find the products that consistently score well for stability of connection

Research Summary

The full list below includes several form factors and price points. If you aren't sure which product is right for you, you might start with our top choices.

Top Choice - Phonak Audeo Lumity

Phonak Audeo Lumity was released in August 2022. Lumity connects to a wide range of Bluetooth devices using the Bluetooth Classic protocol, giving more stability than any other hearing aid on the market.
As a result, Lumity offers hands-free calling from Android and Apple devices.

Runner Up - Starkey Evolv AI Custom

If you prefer an invisible hearing aid with Bluetooth, we recommend Starkey Evolv AI Custom. The smallest IIC version is not Bluetooth enabled, but the next model up (CIC) is the smallest Bluetooth-enabled device on the market.

Here's the full list of the 5 best Bluetooth hearing aids for 2022.

Phonak Audeo Lumity
Best Bluetooth Connection

Phonak Audeo Lumity

Phonak Audeo Lumity

$4,598
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

Audeo Lumity is the brand new offering from the world’s most popular hearing aid brand. The device is made by the world's #1 manufacturer Sonova and is widely seen as the most connected Bluetooth hearing aid on the market.

The new Lumity operating system offers several improvements from the older Phonak Paradise hearing aid most notably, an enhanced ability to hear in background noise. 

Phonak hearing aids offer all of the modern features you might expect including the most stable Bluetooth streaming connection in the industry, rechargeable batteries (or disposable for those who prefer them) and a waterproof option.

The devices have lots of intelligent listening tech onboard, including a motion sensor that focuses your field of sound when you are sitting and opens it back up when you are walking around. 

Pros

Top of the line customization, Bluetooth connection and rechargeable batteries

Enhanced background noise reduction

Waterproof option available for active lifestyles

Cons

Audeo Lumity is a premium product with an average price of $3,198 - $7,000 per pair

Phonak manages sound quality in a way that can lead to a "closed off" feeling compared to Oticon or ReSound's more open sound quality

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Starkey Evolv AI Custom
Best Custom Invisible Hearing Aids

Starkey Evolv AI Custom

Starkey Evolv AI Custom

$4,598
In the Ear
In the Ear
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Rechargeable
Rechargeable
Bluetooth
Bluetooth

Starkey is a U.S.-based manufacturer with a full line of hearing aids that includes behind the ear and in-the-ear styles. Starkey is known for intelligent features like fitness tracking, a virtual assistant, and the smallest Bluetooth hearing aid on the market.

They make the list for their elite status in custom molded (nearly invisible products). If you can afford to pay medical-grade prices and want an invisible style, you won’t be disappointed by Starkey.

Overall Notes: Starkey Evolv AI is broadly considered the best for custom mold hearing aids. If you want a custom mold, and lead an active lifestyle, this product is a great choice.

Price: Starting at $2,998 through Zip Hearing (walk-in prices $5K-$8K)

Features: Full range of styles and features including Bluetooth, rechargeability, and fitness tracking.

What audiologists say: “Starkey has been making the smallest and best custom hearing aids for decades. Evolv AI is currently the smallest custom device on the market with Bluetooth streaming capabilities.” - Ramsay Poindexter, AuD

Pros

Smallest models are almost entirely invisible

Starkey is a leader in comfortable custom molded products

Larger sizes come with Bluetooth streaming and rechargeable batteries

Cons

This is a premium device which costs $3,000-$7,000 per pair

Custom molds require additional lead time and replacement time

The smallest versions of Starkey Evolv AI customs are not Bluetooth enabled or rechargeable

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Jabra Enhance Select Hearing Aids
Jabra Enhance Select
Best Overall Value

Jabra Enhance Select

Jabra Enhance Select

$1,190 - $1,995
Affordable
Affordable
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
Rechargeable
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING

Jabra Enhance Select hearing aids are built by the world's 4th largest hearing aid manufacturer (ReSound). Jabra Enhance (originally called Lively) made a name for itself by recreating the full-service audiology service online.

Instead of requiring you to come into their office, Jabra reduces the cost by programming remotely and shipping to your home.

All Jabra products come with a 100-day return policy and 3 years of unlimited remote care. You can find the same product for sale at a local clinic for around $4,500.

Overall notes: If you have mild to moderate hearing loss, are on a budget, and want a hearing professional to program your hearing aids to match your hearing loss, this is one of the most compelling products on the market.

Price: $1,195 for a pair of battery-powered - $1,595 for a pair of rechargeable, $1,995 for enhanced sound quality

Features: Rechargeable, Bluetooth (not hands-free), Behind The Ear Style

What audiologists say: “Their audiologists can personalize and program Jabra hearing aids in real-time; highlighting the benefits of telehealth and competent professionals.” - Garrett Thompson, AuD

Pros

One of the most affordable and convenient ways to purchase online while maintaining professional care

Comes with a 100 day free-return period

Offers rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth streaming

Cons

Remote care requires users to be somewhat tech savvy

Jabra only offers styles that sit behind the ear

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Oticon More
Best for Natural Sound

Oticon More

Oticon More

4,598
Behind the Ear
Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
PROFESSIONAL FITTING
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

Oticon More was released in January 2021 and has since become one of the most popular hearing aids in the world. This hearing aid is rechargeable offers hands-free calling via iPhone and audio streaming via Android.

What makes the Oticon special is the way the hearing aids handle sound. While most hearing aids suppress background noises and prioritize only voice, Oticon More gives the brain a more natural, full sound landscape.

Oticon used a 360 spherical microphone to capture sounds from 12 million real-life situations to achieve this new approach. They used that sound to train the computer inside their hearing aids.

Overall notes: Oticon More is an undisputed leader among top-tier hearing aids. If you are attracted to the idea of hearing more of the sounds around you vs. solely focusing on voices, this product is a great choice.

Price: Starting at $3,198 through Zip Hearing (walk-in prices $5K-$8K)

Features: Rechargeable, Bluetooth (not hands-free), Behind The Ear Style

What audiologists say: “Oticon More is among the best. If you are looking for all-around, top-of-the-line technology, this is an excellent choice.” - Ramsay Poindexter, AuD


Pros

Open sound quality that many users prefer

Bluetooth streaming from Android and Apple devices

Offered with both rechargeable and disposable batteries

Cons

Oticon More hearing aids start at $3,198 and can cost as much as $7,000 with walk in care

Oticon More hearing aids require a visit to an in person audiologist and are not sold online

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Jabra Enhance Plus
Best Hearing Aid Headphone Hybrid

Jabra Enhance Plus

Jabra Enhance Plus

$799 / pair
In the Ear
In the Ear
Rechargeable
Rechargeable
Self-Tuned
Self-Tuned
Affordable
Affordable

Jabra Enhance Plus is a relatively new product from GN Hearing (the parent company to ReSound). The earbud-style product is self-customized to your hearing loss and can alternate between amplifying the sounds around you, playing music and podcasts or both. Think of this product as a hearing aid/headphone hybrid. It won't fully replace the need for hearing aids but offers a great starting point for someone who isn’t ready to take the leap and needs support in specific situations.

Overall notes: Jabra Enhance Plus won't replace your all-day hearing aids but they can provide a boost to those with mild to moderate hearing loss that aren't ready to take the leap.

Price: $799 for a pair

Features: Self-fit, simple to get started, modern design, Bluetooth streaming and rechargeability

Pros

Modern headphone appearance

Fantastic music and podcast quality

Easy to use app

Cons

Not as comfortable as traditional hearing aids for all-day use

Picks up some wind noise

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That's all for now, folks.

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