6 Smartest and Smallest Bluetooth Hearing Aids In 2023

April 4, 2023
Blake Cadwell
Written by
Blake Cadwell
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Reviewed by
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

Review Process For This Guide

Our team physically reviews all of the top hearing aids on the market. Our team of hearing aid wearers and audiologists test the devices in ear, record sound for comparison and analyze user reviews. Our work is funded through reader support. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.

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Bluetooth Hearing Aids 2023

💨 In a hurry? Our top Bluetooth hearing aid picks are:

Jabra Enhance Select (Telehealth care and affordable pricing)
Phonak Audeo Lumity (Most stable Bluetooth connection)
Starkey Genesis AI Custom (Bluetooth and nearly invisible)

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.

Bluetooth hearing aids have come a long way in the 21 years since they were first released.

Today there are dozens of powerful Bluetooth-enabled hearing devices on the market. Bluetooth connection allows for conveniences for hearing aid wearers like:

  • Listening to podcasts and music directly through your hearing aids
  • Connection to a hearing aid app that can control settings and volume + indicate when your battery is low
  • Take phone calls without holding the phone to your ear
  • Some hearing aids are using Bluetooth to experiment with fitness tracking, fall detection, and language translation

Someone buy Jaap a drink. 🍺

Most hearing aids come with Bluetooth - with two exceptions.

Over the last few years Bluetooth has become ubiquitous in premium level hearing aids.

Every leading behind-the-ear style prescription hearing aid now comes with Bluetooth, but that doesn't mean it's a guarantee. There are two notable exceptions to Bluetooth adoption:

#1. Many OTC hearing aids do not include Bluetooth.

I guess this will change over the next few years, but only a few OTCdevices currently include streaming capabilities. See our complete guide to OTC hearing aids here.

image of a man wearing MDHearing aids and a woman using the MDHearing app
#2. Invisible-style hearing aids are less likely to include Bluetooth.

The smaller a device gets and the further it sits inside your ear, the harder it is to sustain a solid audio stream. Starkey currently has the smallest Bluetooth streaming hearing aid. This graphic shows the smallest Bluetooth device in their lineup.

So let’s assume you’ve found a hearing aid that does have Bluetooth streaming. How do you know if that streaming capability is good? 

How did we choose the products below? 

Our team personally tested each of the Bluetooth hearing aids listed below. These are some of the factors we considered.

1. Phone and device compatibility. We tested products for phone compatibility. In general, leading Bluetooth phones can stream from both Android and iPhone but they are only enabled for two-way phone calls (picks up your voice) for iPhone. 

Phonak Lumity is the one notable exception which makes that device the overall leader in Bluetooth. 

2. Consistent connection. We also looked for devices that hold a steady connection with your phone as you move around your home or life. 

3. We looked for outliers. Lucid Engage is one of the only OTC hearing aids that enables Bluetooth streaming and Starkey Genesis AI is the smallest Bluetooth hearing aid. 

4. We also chose for variety. Everyone has different needs and preferences. We looked for hearing aids with a variety of price points and form factors. 

Here are the best Bluetooth hearing aids in 2023 so far. 👇

Prefer to watch? 

Watch below for a quick breakdown of the best Bluetooth options available.

#1. Phonak Audéo Lumity

Lumity earns the #1 spot for its unique (and stable) connection method. Phonak Lumity hearing aids are among the only devices that allow hands-free phone calls with both iPhone and Android devices.

Phonak Audéo Lumity
Best Bluetooth Connection

Phonak Audéo Lumity

Phonak Audéo Lumity

As low as $4,598 / pair
Behind the Ear
Professional Fitting

Phonak Lumity hearing aids are new in August 2022 and replace the world's most popular hearing aid (Audéo Paradise).

Lumity get’s top marks from audiologists for stable Bluetooth connection, precise customization and impressive accessories like the Phonak Roger Pen.

Think of this hearing aid as the Mercedes level. High-end, built by the world's largest hearing company and packed with all the tech you could want.

  • Overall Notes: Audéo Lumity is the #1 hearing aid on the market by sales volume. It offers best-in-class Bluetooth streaming, powerful sound algorithms, remote care, and an innovative ear vent. If you can swing the cost for this premium device, chances are that you'll be very happy.
  • Price: The national average price for Phonak Lumity is $6,213 per pair. In my price research I found two larger providers who offer lower prices starting at $2,995/pair. Click here for more on prices.
  • Features: Rechargeable, Bluetooth and hands-free calling, behind the ear style, motion sensors
  • What audiologists say: “Our patients say that the sound is clear and crisp, while maintaining natural sound quality. Patients also love the unique ability to pair with almost any cell phone and take calls hands-free.” - Garrett Thompson, AuD

Top of the line customization, Bluetooth connection and rechargeable batteries

Enhanced background noise reduction

Highly water-resistant option available for active lifestyles


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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#2. Jabra Enhance Select

Jabra Enhance Select is our pick for the best overall value in the category. They deliver professional-grad hearing aids through the mail and program them using Telehealth. All three technology levels from the brand allow Bluetooth streaming.

Jabra Enhance Select Hearing Aids
Jabra Enhance Select
Best Overall Value

Jabra Enhance Select

Jabra Enhance Select

$1,195 - $1,995
Behind the Ear
Professional Fitting

Jabra Enhance Select hearing aids are made 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: $1,395 for a pair of battery-powered - $1,695 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

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


Remote care requires users to be somewhat tech savvy

Jabra only offers styles that sit behind the ear

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#3. Starkey Genesis AI

Starkey makes the best in-the-ear hearing aid with Bluetooth. Their smallest (IIC) hearing aid does not have Bluetooth, but the next size up (CIC) is impressively close to invisible and streams to both iPhone and Android.

Starkey Genesis AI Custom
Best Custom Invisible Hearing Aids

Starkey Genesis AI Custom

Starkey Genesis AI Custom

In the Ear
Professional Fitting

Starkey is a U.S.-based manufacturer with a full line of hearing aids that includes behind the ear and in-the-ear styles. 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.

Starkey is known for intelligent features like fitness tracking, a virtual assistant, and the smallest Bluetooth hearing aid on the market.

  • Overall Notes: Starkey Genesis 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: The national average price for Starkey Evolv Custom hearing aids is $6,443 per pair. My research indicates that you can get Starkey Custom devices for as low as $2,998 for a pair, and the national average is around $5,500 per pair. Click here for more on prices.
  • Features: Full range of styles and features including Bluetooth, rechargeability, and fitness tracking for larger devices.
  • What audiologists say: “Starkey has been making the smallest and best custom hearing aids for decades. Genesis AI is currently the smallest custom device on the market with Bluetooth streaming capabilities.” - Ramsay Poindexter, AuD

Smallest models are almost entirely invisible

Starkey is a leader in comfortable custom molded products

Larger sizes come with Bluetooth streaming and rechargeable batteries


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 Genesis AI customs are not Bluetooth enabled or rechargeable

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#4. ReSound OMNIA

OMNIA is an all-around favorite for its background noise management and sound quality. ReSound makes this list for their regular leadership in the category. ReSound was the first hearing aid ever to connect to iPhone.

Woman wearing ReSound OMNIA hearing aids
Best For Focus in Background Noise



As Low As $4,598 / VS. $6,500
Behind the Ear
Professional Fitting

ReSound unveiled the OMNIA in August 2022 with a clear focus on improving listening in the most challenging background situations. OMNIA replaces the popular ReSound ONE launched in 2020.

The OMNIA looks identical to the previous generation of products but comes with a few notable improvements.

The first is a more powerful Ultra Focus mode. Users can switch their hearing aids into Ultra Focus to listen directly to the person in front of them at a restaurant or meeting. Previous ReSound products had this feature, but OMNIA supercharges its capabilities with a 150% improvement in speech clarity in the loudest environments.

  • Overall notes: ReSound OMNIA is an all around excellent product with an innovative approach to microphones and a sleek design. ReSound One has strong Bluetooth connection and long lasting rechargeable batteries.
  • Price: The national average price for ReSound OMNIA is $6,595 per pair. In my price research I found some national providers with prices as low as $3,198/pair. Click here for more on prices.
  • Features: Rechargeable, Bluetooth with hands-free calling for iPhone and iPad, Small behind the ear style
  • What audiologists say: “ReSound One offers elegant design and good (if not elite) sound quality. These hearing aids are high quality and reliable.” - Garrett Thompson, AuD

Innovative M&RIE microphone

Bluetooth streaming from Android and Apple devices

Offered with both rechargeable and disposable batteries


Ultra Focus requires a change using your app

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

Not available online. ReSound hearing aids require a visit to an in person audiologist

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#5. Sony CRE-E10

Sony entered the hearing health space in 2022 with this earbud-style OTC hearing aid. We love the sound quality of this product. CRE-E10 only streams to iOS devices.

Sony CRE-E10 Hearing Aids in hand
Sony CRE-E10 Hearing Aids
Headphone Hearing Aid Crossover

Sony CRE-E10 Hearing Aids

Sony CRE-E10 Hearing Aids

$1,299 / pair
In the Ear

Sony teamed up with WS Audiology (the second-largest hearing company in the world) to co-create its products. Sony's CRE-E10 is slightly larger than CRE-C10 but comes with a slick headphone-like design, rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth streaming (currently only available for iOS).

This hearing aid offers prescription-grade sound quality controlled through your smartphone at home (no doctor involved). Sony's hearing aids were released in mid-October and reviews have been glowing. We expect CRE-E10 to be a leading consideration among people looking for a headphone/hearing aid hybrid.

  • How it works:
    ✔️ Start by purchasing Sony hearing aids online (likely coming to brick-and-mortar stores soon)
    ✔️ Once the product arrives at your home, you'll download the Sony Hearing Control app and self-program the hearing aids to match your hearing loss.
    ✔️ Use the app to make real-time volume and sound quality adjustments.
    ✔️ If you need customer support, you can contact Sony's customer service team.
  • Price: $1,399 at Crutchfield
  • Features: Self-fit using an app, Bluetooth streaming enabled for iPhone, stylish earbud design.


Modern design

Self-fit at home


Not compatible with Android

More visible than smaller options

Likely less comfortable for all-day wear

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#6. Lucid Engage

Lucid Engage is a welcome example of a quality OTC hearing aid with Bluetooth streaming capability for iPhone and Android devices. 

Lucid OTC Hearing Aid Customization
Engage From Lucid Hearing
Sam's Club Upgrade Option

Engage From Lucid Hearing

Engage From Lucid Hearing

Behind the Ear

Lucid Hearing is an under-the-radar brand in the OTC market but has some of the strongest technology and experience. The brand is best known as the manufacturer behind all of the Sam's Club hearing center hearing aids.

The brand released two impressive OTC devices in late 2022. Engage is Lucid's rechargeable, Bluetooth enabled and self-fit hearing aid that sits behind the ear. The product comes in several colors and has one of the most stable Bluetooth connections due to a patented antenna.

  • How it works:
    ✔️ Start by purchasing Lucid Engage hearing aids online.
    ✔️ Once the product arrives at your home, you'll download the app and self-program the hearing aids to match your hearing loss.
    ✔️ If you need further adjustments you can take your hearing aids to a nearby Sam’s Club for free service or call Lucid’s hearing specialists.
  • Price: $799 for a pair  
  • Features: Rechargeable batteries, Bluetooth streaming enabled for Android and iPhone, fully customized to your hearing loss using an app, behind the ear style.


Bluetooth streaming for iPhone and Android




Packaging and recharge case are less sleek than Bose and Sony

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That's all for now, folks.

We hope you enjoyed this guide to the best Bluetooth hearing aids available. We update this page regularly and will be back with new models as they come.

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Frequently asked questions

Do these hearing aids offer Auracast?

Auracast is an exciting Bluetooth protocol that will likely replace standard Bluetooth over the next several years. Right now, there are no hearing aids that operate with Auracast. This is about infrastructure and it will take 2-5 years for phones, TVs, and public spaces to build in Auracast broadcast capability. You can read more about Auracasthere.

Are Bluetooth hearing aids safe?

You can read some excellent research here, but the short answer is yes, hearing aids with Bluetooth are very safe. The power the devices emit is around one-thousandth as powerful as we receive when talking on the phone.

Can I connect my hearing aids to multiple devices?

Most premium hearing aids allow you to connect to at least two devices (i.e., computer and Phone). Phonak Lumity allows a connection to up to four devices. Many people have trouble switching back and forth between devices, so you might consider a multi-mic accessory if you'll need to seamlessly move between devices throughout the day.

Note that if you have two pairs of hearing aids and use an iPhone, you'll need to "forget" one device under the accessibility settings section before you can pair a new device.

What version of iPhone or Android do I need for Bluetooth streaming?

To use the Made for iPhone hearing devices, you need one of these models:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or later
  • iPad mini (all models)

To use Android for Bluetooth streaming it is recommended that your phone use OS 11 or later. You can find out your version number through the following steps.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Near the bottom, tap About phone. Android version.
  3. Find your "Android version," "Android security update," and "Build number."
Which hearing aid has the best streaming sound quality?

This is a great question. Streaming sound quality will rely less on your hearing aids and more on the style of dome or earmold that you wear. Sound is typically richer when your ear is fully sealed. Open-fit hearing aids (with a small rubber dome) typically sound clear but somewhat tinny. Streaming through custom earmolds will sound more like a pair of traditional headphones.