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Best Bluetooth Hearing Aids In 2024: The Smallest & Smartest

April 1, 2024
Blake Cadwell
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Blake Cadwell
Blake Cadwell

Blake Cadwell is a hearing aid wearer and co-founder at Soundly. He regularly tests and reviews hearing technology to share his experience with Soundly’s readers. Blake's research and perspectives have been featured in the The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, AARP and FastCompany.

Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Amy Sarow is a practicing clinical audiologist and serves as Audiology Lead for Soundly. Her expertise and experience span topics including tinnitus, cochlear implants, hearing aid technology, and hearing testing. She holds a doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Iowa. During her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Sarow was inspired by the three-tiered, patient-centered approach, incorporating clinical work, teaching and research.

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.

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

Best Overall Value

No Doctor's Visit and 100 Day Returns

  • Bluetooth enabled and rechargeable
  • 100-day risk-free trial
  • Nearly invisible with a sleek design
9.5
Excellent
Invisible With Bluetooth

Smallest Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Aid

  • Completely-In-Canal style comes with 2.4 GHz wireless streaming
  • Works with Android and iPhone
  • Custom-molded device that sits inside the ear

9.6
EXCELLENT

A Brief Bluetooth Hearing Aid 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 - Inventor of Bluetooth

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.

Earliest Bluetooth hearing aid in 2004.

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. Some OTC hearing aids do not include Bluetooth.

I guess this will change over the next few years, but some OTC devices do not yet 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
Some OTC hearing aids do not offer Bluetooth streaming.
#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.

Invisible hearing aids typically do not stream Bluetooth.

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? 

Prefer to watch? 

See our latest video review of the best Bluetooth hearing aids on the market below. 👇

How did we choose the Bluetooth hearing aids below? 

Hearing aids in Soundly's test lab.

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. 

Audicus Omni and Phonak Lumity are two notable exceptions. If you use an Android device you'll want to consider one of those two options.

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. 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 for 2024. 👇

Hearing Aid Price / pair Style Warranty
Jabra Enhance Select $1,195 - $1,995 Behind-The-Ear iPhone or Android 3 years Telehealth
Phonak Audéo Lumity $3,198 - $5,445 Behind-The-Ear iPhone or Android 3 years Local Care
ReSound NEXIA $3,198 - $4,498 Behind-The-Ear iPhone or Android 3 years Local Care
Starkey Genesis AI Custom $3,198 - $4,498 In-The-Ear Some sizes 3 years Local Care
Sony CRE-E10 Hearing Aid $1,299 In-The-Ear iPhone Only 1 Year Over-The-Counter

Best Value for iPhone Users - Jabra Enhance Select

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

Jabra Enhance Select works for Android devices but does not come with hands-free calling. Wearers need to keep their phones close to capture outbound sound.

Jabra Enhance Select Hearing Aids
Jabra Enhance Select
Best Overall Value

Jabra Enhance Select

Jabra Enhance Select

$1,195 - $1,995 / pair
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Affordable
Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
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.

Get started by filling out Jabra's online survey via the right-hand corner of their website.

  • 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
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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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In-Clinic Leaders - Phonak Lumity & ReSound NEXIA 

Nearly all receiver-in-canal hearing aids at local clinics are Bluetooth-enabled. That list includes Signia, Oticon, Widex, and more. As of early 2024, two brands stand out from the pack on the Bluetooth front - Phonak Lumity and ReSound NEXIA.

  • Phonak is the only in-clinic brand that uses a universal Bluetooth connection, giving Android and iPhone users hands-free calling. 
  • NEXIA stands out for including the latest Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, which will help future-proof your hearing aids for new Bluetooth experiences (like Auracast) over the next few years. More on both products is below. 👇

Phonak Audéo Lumity
Best Bluetooth Connection

Phonak Audéo Lumity

Phonak Audéo Lumity

As low as $3,198 / pair
Behind the Ear
Professional Fitting
Bluetooth
Rechargeable

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 $3,195/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
Pros

Top of the line customization, Bluetooth connection and rechargeable batteries

Enhanced background noise reduction

Highly water-resistant 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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Soundly team reviewing NEXIA hearing aids
ReSound NEXIA
First Hearing Aid With Auracast

ReSound NEXIA

ReSound NEXIA

As Low As $3,198 / pair
Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Professional Fitting
Rechargeable

ReSound unveiled NEXIA in October 2023. If you’ve read our past reviews, you might know that ReSound is a regular innovator in the hearing category.

The brand was the first to partner with Apple for Bluetooth streaming back in 2013. In 2022, ReSound released an impressive algorithm update with improved beam-forming tech that boasted a 150% improvement in background noise.

ReSound is also the only manufacturer that places a microphone inside the ear to use the natural shape of the pinna to sort out background noise. Those popular features will remain with ReSound NEXIA with some exciting additions.

The first is a visible reduction in size. Impressively, NEXIA maintains a 30-hour battery life while cutting 25% off the overall size—big thumbs up from us.

The second big announcement is that NEXIA has an updated Bluetooth capability that allows Auracast streaming in public places. If you aren’t familiar with Auracast, check out our guide to the topic here.

ReSound is among the best in the industry at separating speech and noise in a background situation. Our lead audiologist recently put NEXIA in a test box and found the hearing aids could consistently provide up to 8-10 dB of background noise reduction.

ReSound NEXIA is on most of our shortlists for the best premium, receiver-in-canal hearing aids on the market.

  • Overall notes: ReSound NEXIA is an all around excellent product with an innovative approach to microphones and one of the smallest form factors in the industry. ReSound NEXIA has strong Bluetooth connection that now boasts Auracast compatibility.
  • Price: The national average price for ReSound NEXIA is $7,410 per pair. In our price research we've 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 offers elegant design and good (if not elite) sound quality. These hearing aids are high quality and reliable.” - Garrett Thompson, AuD
Pros

Great for background noise management

Auracast compatible

Small form factor and an optional 3rd microphone in the ear

Cons

More expensive compared to direct to consumer and OTC options


NEXIA's in-ear M&RIE microphone is a bit larger and can be uncomfortable for some

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Smallest Bluetooth Device - 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

As Low As $2,998 / Pair
In the Ear
Professional Fitting
Rechargeable
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. 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 Genesis Custom hearing aids is $6,443 per pair. Our research indicates that you can get Starkey Custom devices for as low as $3,198 for a 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
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 version of Starkey Genesis AI customs are not Bluetooth enabled or rechargeable

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Best Earbud-Style - 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
Affordable
In the Ear
Rechargeable
Bluetooth

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 on Amazon
  • Features: Self-fit using an app, Bluetooth streaming enabled for iPhone, stylish earbud design.
Pros

Rechargeable

Modern design

Self-fit at home

Cons

Not compatible with Android

More visible than smaller options

Likely less comfortable for all-day wear

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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.

We created this site to make finding hearing products and care more accessible.

Use the shop tab to compare all the leading products on the market (with prices), or check your hearing with our 5-minute hearing test.

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Frequently asked questions

Do these hearing aids offer Auracast?
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Auracast is an exciting Bluetooth protocol that will likely replace standard Bluetooth over the next several years. Right now, ReSound NEXIA is the only hearing aid with Auracast. It will take 2-5 years for phones, TVs, and public spaces to build in Auracast broadcast capability. You can read more about Auracast here.

Are Bluetooth hearing aids safe?
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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?
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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?
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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."

Use the pages below to double check your phone compatibility by brand.

Jabra, Oticon, Signia, ReSound, Starkey, Widex, Phonak

Which hearing aid has the best streaming sound quality?
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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.

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