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Sennheiser Conversation Clear Plus Review

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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.

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At first glance, Conversation Clear Plus is an expensive set of noise-canceling headphones. Under the surface, though, the device offers a powerful solution for isolating conversation in background noise. 

That's important because many people with hearing loss (or ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder) struggle to make out speech in background environments. 


In 2022 the legacy headphone maker, Sennheiser, was purchased by the world's #1 hearing aid maker, Sonova. The move left some people scratching their heads until Conversation Clear Plus hit the market in 2023. The new product blends some of the smarts of hearing aids with the sound quality of headphones. 

What makes it special 

Conversation Clear Plus offers active noise cancellation, quality music streaming with longer battery life (8 hours), and advanced voice isolation in background noise. The Sennheiser app gives you some smart controls to manage your sound. 

Our Take

Conversation Clear Plus is not a replacement for an all-day hearing aid, but it can provide a great hybrid device for situational wear. Read on for our full unboxing and review. Importantly, Conversation Clear Plus doesn't customize to your specific hearing loss. Instead, the device focuses on voice isolation amidst background sounds and offers general frequency controls.

Pros 👍
  • Great at reducing background noise and focusing on voices
  • Excellent streaming sound quality 
  • Excellent active noise cancelation for work, travel, and study
  • Long-lasting battery life and portable recharge case
Cons 👎
  • Larger than AirPods or other in-ear hearing aids 
  • Not fully customizable to your hearing loss
  • Can produce a plugged-up sensation in your ear (compared to open-fit hearing aids)

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Soundly Scorecard
Hearing Loss Level 🔊
Mild - Moderate
  • Conversation Clear Plus is not officially a hearing aid rather a background noise management device
  • If you have more significant hearing loss it is recommended that you see a professional or try a registered over-the-counter device
Care Type 🏥
  • Available for purchase online or at retail stores like Best Buy
  • Does not require a prescription from a doctor
  • Has some frequency app-controls but is not customized to your hearing loss
Sound Quality 🔊
Strong in Background Noise
  • Conversation Clear Plus uses noise-canceling technology to reduce background noise and isolate voices
  • Conversation Clear Plus is best at isolating voices in front of you (vs. all-around)
Comfort 🦻
Less Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • Conversation Clear Plus sits inside the ear like an earbud
  • The device has some built-in occlusion cancelation but some customers still complain about "boominess" or "plugged up" feeling
  • Our team finds that Conversation Clear Plus is comfortable enough for situational wear, a few hours at a time
Style  💫
In The Ear - Earbud Style
  • Sits inside the ear
  • Appears more like an earbud than hearing aid
  • Available in black
Battery 🔋
Rechargeable Only
  • Conversation Clear Plus earbuds are rechargeable
  • 8 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • Each pair of devices comes with a small and portable recharge case that carries 2 additional charges
Connection 📡
Bluetooth Available
  • Conversation Clear Plus offers full streaming and hands-free calling capabilities for iOS and Android users
  • Connect to any Bluetooth device including smartphones, laptops, tablets, and smart TVs
Dexterity Level 🤏
  • Conversation Clear Plus is very easy to handle
  • Includes a push-button (indicated by the logo on the product) for mode changes
  • Includes tap controls to turn on voice assistant
  • No battery changes needed
Waterproof Level 💦
  • Conversation Clear Plus earbuds have an IPX4 rating which means they are not waterproof but offer some splash resistance
  • We don't recommend you take this product near water
App features 📱
Has An App

Conversation Clear Plus uses a smartphone app which allows a some convenient customizations: 

  • Relax: Turn up active noise cancelation
  • Communication: Turn up the sound of people's voices around you or turn on "Clarity Boost"
  • Stream: Control how much external sound you hear while streaming

The app does not administer a hearing test or customize sound to your specific hearing profile.

Pricing and Process

Conversation Clear Plus is available for 849.95 through Sennheiser's website.

The purchase and setup process is very simple. Sennheiser devices ship directly to your home, where you can pair them to an iPhone or Android smartphone and customize your ANC (called "Relax"), voice isolation (called "Communication"), and Bluetooth streaming (called "Stream"). 

Conversation Clear Plus does not come with an onboard hearing test or telehealthcare option since it is mostly not customized to individual hearing loss profiles.


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Full Review

Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Written by
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

The hearing health sector is filled with innovation. As a curious audiologist, I’m always pursuing the latest and best hearing technology.

Recently, I came across Sennheiser's Conversation Clear Plus and had a chance to test them myself.

This handy hearing tool offers speech enhancements to make understanding words easier.

And let’s face it, understanding speech in a crowded room is a feat even for those with normal hearing. Intrigued, I couldn't wait to dive into this review and uncover the truth about this innovation. 

I put the product through the paces for over a month and even put it into a audiologist test box. Keep scrolling for my full review.

Soundly Team Reviewing Conversation Clear Plus Background Noise Reduction Capabilities

The (Noisy) Background Scene

Picture this: You're at a lively party surrounded by friends, and amidst the boisterous chatter, and your adventurous friend captivates your friend circle, spellbinding everyone with tales of recent escapades to the Grand Canyon. 

The crowd hangs onto her every word and you're excited to catch every detail. But alas, the party is in full swing, and the boisterous noise fills the air, making it quite a challenge to focus on lipreading in the dim light. 

Hold up.

A clever joke must have been cracked because the entire room erupts with laughter and contagious smiles. But, amidst the cacophony of background noise, the punch line gets lost and now you can't help but feel a tad left out.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone—and this is where Sennheiser's Conversation Clear Plus could be a helpful tool (more on that below).

The Technology That Cuts Through the Noise

Dr. Amy Sarow unboxing Sennheiser Conversation Clear Plus

At first glance, the Sennheiser Conversation Clear may seem like your typical noisecanceling earbuds. But what sets them apart? Read on to explore the fascinating features of this device.

Sennheiser Conversation Clear Plus as a Hearing Aid

The Sennheiser Conversation Clear Plus—while not FDA-approved as an over-the-counter hearing aid—can be better classified as a hearable, meaning it’s  more than an earbud but not a hearing aid.

Curious to learn more about its adjustment capability and applications for those with hearing loss, I tested it in a hearing aid test box.

What I found is that Conversation Clear Plus does an exceptional job reducing background noise but it isn't great at meeting specific prescriptive targets.

That shouldn't be a surprise since Conversation Clear Plus does not have an onboard hearing test or sound equalizer to match specific hearing loss profiles.

Conversation Clear Plus is a powerful tool to reduce background noise, but I can confirm that it is not intended for use as an OTC hearing aid.

Battery Life

Conversation Clear Plus in recharge case.

Longevity is important, so here’s an overview of the product’s battery life:

  • The device boasts a robust battery lasting 10 hours on a full charge. (FYI: That's twice the battery life of AirPods.) 
  • The charging case also holds a charge, providing an additional 27 hours of battery life. 

Personally, I rarely wear this device for more than two hours at a stretch, so the battery is more than sufficient and I charge them only once a week. 

Of course, if you're a power user, you might need to charge them up more frequently.


At first glance, these earbuds may seem like your typical noise-canceling headphones. However, they are designed to fit snugly in your ears, with ear fins to keep them securely in place and occluding ear tips for that immersive sound experience minus surrounding noise. 

Don't get me wrong; they're not exactly the tiniest earbuds out there. If you're after discreteness, these might not be your cup of tea. 

However, the compact charging case is sleek and easily slipped into a bag or purse for travel.

Bluetooth Connection Method

These earbuds connect to your iPhone or Android phone using Bluetooth, which makes it incredibly convenient for hands-free phone calls or listening to music on the go. 

But, these earbuds aren't just your average audio accessory. They're on a mission to decode conversations (like that story about the Grand Canyon) in noisy places. 

How? Through the magic (and science) of noise cancellation. These devices use a combination of passive sound-blocking ear tips, active environmental scanning, and beam-forming microphones to deliver optimal audio clarity and cut-out noise. 

When the noise level changes around you, the devices pick up on it and adjust accordingly. You can even fine-tune the sound to your exact liking with the user-friendly Sennheiser app. 

🙌 "Hearing Enhancement" Feature: A standout feature of the Conversation Clear Plus is its ability to provide hearing support with smart AI technology. While it's not intended for those with significant hearing loss, this device can be tailored to your preferences if you struggle in noisy environments. 

Additionally, Sennheiser offers a user-friendly app that allows you to adjust your device's settings.

Three control screens in the Sennheiser app

How is the call quality?

Now, let's talk about the call quality. 

When using the Sennheiser Conversation Clear Plus for phone calls, the sound quality for the person on the other end of the line was usually good. Although, there were times when I had to manually select the earbuds for audio routing, as they didn't always come up as the default option.


Comfort is always essential in any device you wear for an extended period. The Conversation Clear Plus is designed for long-term use, and I found it comfortable to wear for a few hours at a time. 

However, as with most earbuds, I don't want to wear them all day. The earbuds come in three sizes and are made from comfortable silicone that won't hurt your ears. 

Plus, they fit snugly in your ear, so there's less chance of them falling out.

Does Conversation Clear Plus Live Up to the hype?

Well, it's a bit of a mixed bag. 

Let's face it, dealing with background noise can be a real challenge. 

However as someone who has struggled with background noise, these earbuds helped quite a bit. 

There is an adjustment period when it comes to wearing them due to the occlusion, but the sound quality became second nature in about thirty minutes. 

The beam-forming directional microphones are definitely a plus. When someone was talking in front of me, I heard them crystal clear. 

But if I turned my head and they were behind me, it was a different story and I couldn't hear them as well. So, it's a bit of a trade-off. 

Who is the intended user?

This product is ideal for anyone who struggles in background noise but doesn't want to wear a hearing aid all day. Although this product is in the same price range as some OTC options, it surpasses them in noise reduction capabilities.

I recommend this device for people who struggle only in noisy situations and have either normal hearing or, at most, some mild hearing loss.

It's incredible how much this device can reduce background noise.

Price and Retailers

These earbuds come with a hefty price tag of around $849.95.

While they offer a decent music listening experience, they may not meet the standards of true audiophiles. The true Conversation Clear Plus selling feature is background noise management.

👉 Where to Find Them: You can find these earbuds at your local Best Buy, directly from Sennheiser's online store, or other retail locations.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I'm impressed with the Sennheiser Conversation Clear Plus. It's a versatile device that offers a wide range of features and benefits. 

The fact that it both provides situational background noise support and functions as a Bluetooth headset is a plus, and it's a definite plus for anyone struggling with speech understanding in noise. 

The noise-canceling features, comfortable design, and long battery life make this device an excellent investment.

Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Written by
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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