Universal iPhone or Android Connection
- Easy Bluetooth streaming and phone calls on iPhone and Android
- AI-powered background noise management
- Rechargeable case doubles as a remote control
- Award winning design
No Doctor's Visit and 100 Day Returns
- Bluetooth enabled and rechargeable
- 100-day risk-free trial
- Nearly invisible with a sleek design
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
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.
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. 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.
#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 Bluetooth hearing aids 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.
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. 👇
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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.
If you have questions, you can email our team at any time [email protected].
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Open your phone's Settings app.
- Near the bottom, tap About phone. Android version.
- Find your "Android version," "Android security update," and "Build number."
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.