Jabra Enhance Plus Review

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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
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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February 7, 2024
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Bluetooth
In the Ear
Rechargeable
OTC

Jabra Enhance Plus is a relatively new product from GN Hearing (also 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 needs support in specific situations.


Jabra Enhance Plus devices connect to the Jabra Enhance Plus app, which will administer a hearing test and customize the devices to match your hearing loss. This device is sold over-the-counter and does not require a doctor's visit.

Important note: Streaming to the Jabra Enhance Plus app is currently only available through iOS devices.

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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Hearing Loss Level 🔊
Mild - Moderate
  • Jabra Enhance Plus hearing aids are sold over the counter and are appropriate for those with mild-moderate hearing loss
  • If you have more significant hearing loss it is recommended that you access professional care through Telehealth or local care
Care Type 🏥
Over-The-Counter
  • Available for purchase online or at retail stores like Best Buy
  • Does not require a prescription from a doctor
  • Customize your hearing aids with an onboard hearing test and app-controls
Sound Quality 🔊
Strong in Background Noise
  • Jabra Enhance Plus comes from hearing leader GN Hearing (makers of ReSound)
  • Uses 4 dedicated microphones to reduce background noise and improve speech clarity
Comfort 🦻
Less Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • Jabra Enhance Plus sits inside the ear like an earbud
  • The device comes with various ear tip styles to prevent occlusion (boominess of your own voice), but occlusion is a complaint for some users
  • Our team finds that Jabra Enhance 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 dark grey and gold beige
Battery 🔋
Rechargeable Only
  • Jabra Enhance Plus hearing aids are rechargeable
  • 12 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
  • Jabra Enhance Plus offers full streaming and hands-free calling capabilities for iOS users
  • Streaming is not available for Android users at this time
Dexterity Level 🤏
Easy
  • Jabra Enhance Plus is very easy to handle
  • The recharge case includes convenient magnets that pull the product into place
  • The devices include a large push-button on each device for volume and program changes
  • No battery changes needed
Waterproof Level 💦
IP52
  • Jabra Enhance Plus hearing aids are water and sweat resistant with an IP rating of 52.
App features 📱
Has An App
  • Jabra Enhance Plus uses a smartphone app which includes an onboard hearing test, program controls, and volume buttons
  • Adjust volume and programs without the app by using the push-buttons on the devices
What's Included
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A pair of Jabra Enhance Plus devices

1 recharge case that holds up to 3 charges for on-the-go use

Multiple ear tip sizes to fit a range of ears

Access to the Jabra Enhance Plus for programming and volume control (iOS only)

Return Policy
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Jabra Enhance Plus devices come with a 45-day return policy.

Technology
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Jabra Enhance Plus devices offer an impressive blend of consumer and medical technology.

The technology in the device hinges on a clinically tested hearing test that users take through the Jabra Enhance Plus app. With that test in place, the devices go to work amplifying sounds according to your hearing profile.

When you stream music or phone calls through the headphones (only available through iOS) the devices automatically amplify sounds that you might normally miss based on your hearing loss.

When you switch to Listen Mode the world around you is amplified to match your hearing loss. Jabra Enhance Plus offers three listening modes: Adaptive (highlights voices), Focus (amplifies the sound in front of you), Surround (gives you 360 sound).

Use the app or the push buttons on the side of each device to change the volume and program.

How It Works
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Jabra Enhance Plus is a registered OTC hearing aid. You can purchase the product directly through Jabra's site here. Once the product arrives at your home, you will begin by taking the app-based hearing test.

Some local retailers like Best Buy carry Jabra Enhance Plus in their brick-and-mortar locations.

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Blake Cadwell
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Just five years ago, Apple did something groundbreaking. They took the wires off their headphones and launched AirPods. At first, people made jokes. But slowly, as people started to give in to Apple’s advertising, they realized they couldn’t live without these cordless headphones.

Today you can’t walk up an airplane aisle without spotting a couple of dozen pairs. AirPods kicked off a mega-trend that is now referred to as hearables.

It also got many people thinking about more intelligent and consumer tech-inspired hearing aids. Finally, after five years of chatter and speculation, this shift towards smart hearing devices is officially colliding with hearing health.

In late February 2022, one of the biggest hearing aid brands globally, GN ReSound, announced the launch of Jabra Enhance Plus. The $800 product is an AirPod-like headphone with the brain of a hearing aid.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve put the product to the test at family gatherings, on morning runs, and at a neighborhood open house. Here’s a breakdown of my experience.

The product comes in a compact box that got the design approval of my pup. Open the box, and you will find a quick start guide and some information on the sustainability commitments of GN.

Jabra Enhance Plus Unboxing

Inside the box is a sleek recharge case with small, medium, and large ear tips and a USB charging cord (no wall base included). You can purchase Jabra Enhance Plus in black or tan.

The earbuds are magnetized neatly into the charging case. Each charge gets you 10 hours of use, and the case holds two backup charges for travel.

Jabra Enhance Plus recharging case

The earbuds themselves are around the same size as headphones from Samsung or Apple. Not invisible but not bulky.

Each earbud has an easy to press button on the side that allows you to adjust the volume and control calls and music. Tap the button on the right ear to turn up the volume, and tap the button on the left ear to turn down the volume.

Once the product was out of the box, I plugged in the charger overnight.

The following day I opened the Jabra app and began the setup on my iPhone. I first noticed that I needed to unpair my existing hearing aids from my phone to pair the Jabra Enhance Plus product. I did this by going to settings > accessibility > hearing devices on my iPhone and selecting “forget this device”.

I got in touch with the Jabra team to see if there is a way around this step and unfortunately there is not. The limitation is on the phone manufacturer side, meaning Apple needs to allow for multiple hearing devices.

Screenshots of how to connect your Jabra Enhance to iPhon

With that out of the way, I connected my Jabra Enhance Plus earbuds to my iPhone and began the setup flow. I put the earbuds in my ears, and the app prompted me to find a quiet spot for my hearing test.

Jabra Enhance Setup Screenshots

Once I was in a quiet place, the app guided me through a 5-minute test. I was asked to tap the screen each time I heard a tone coming through the earbuds. I found that the interface was well designed and simple to use.

Screenshots of Jabra Enhance Hearing Test

After my hearing test, I arrived at my profile page which included a snapshot of my results, the choice between surround (sound from all directions), focus (sound from in front of me), and adaptive (changes based on my environment.)

The app also allows a choice between “clear,” “normal,” and “full.” You can play a sample conversation through the app to test each option and decide. Again, very well designed.

Jabra Enhance Plus settings screenshots

Wearing the Jabra Enhance Plus devices

I spent time with the devices in various listening environments, including one-on-one conversations at home, a family gathering, interactions with neighbors, and an open house where everyone was masked. I also went on several long runs where I used the devices to stream music and podcasts. Here are my takeaways:

The music and podcast quality was fantastic

Unlike traditional hearing aids where the music sound feels flat, Jabra Enhance Plus goes toe to toe with my AirPods. In some cases, I felt the speech clarity was better than my Airpods due to the custom sound programming based on my hearing test.

One important note: you’ll want to turn down the hearing assist volume while listening to music or podcasts. I leave the volume at 1 or 2 to hear a little bit of ambient noise but avoid amplified sounds around me while I try to listen to music.

The clarity of voices is impressive

For me, the primary purpose of a product like Jabra Enhance Plus is to hear voices more clearly through masks, in groups, and in quiet settings. In this department, the product shined.

Voices were clear, decipherable, and easy to understand even through masks and in quiet group settings.

The 150 years of GN experience in hearing technology starts to pay off in complex listening environments. One evening my dog was barking, the sink was running, and my wife was talking simultaneously. The devices suppressed the bark and the water and prioritized my wife’s voice. Very impressive.

Wind noise

The Jabra Enhance Plus product picked up quite a bit of wind noise while I was running. I still found that the devices could sort through the wind to find voices, but the wind sound was somewhat disruptive.

Wind noise might not be an issue if you plan to use the product mainly inside.

Comfort notes

Jabra Enhance Plus has a similar feel to a pair of earbuds. I found that I could comfortably wear the product for 3-4 hours at a time but I don't feel they would be comfortable enough for 12-15 hours of non-stop wear.

Overall, I was impressed

Jabra Enhance Plus is a viable hearing option for someone who doesn’t want to wear hearing aids all day. If you are looking for a “reading glasses” type solution to especially tough listening environments, this could be a great place to start.

Where to purchase Jabra Enhance Plus

Thanks to the FDA’s new OTC guidelines you can now purchase Jabra Enhance Plus online here or at Best Buy here. The product comes with a 60 or 100-day return policy and free shipping. Most customers receive their devices within 3-5 business days.

I hope you’ve found this review informative. If you’ve Jabra Enhance Plus or have any questions, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Blake Cadwell
Written by
Blake Cadwell
Soundly Staff
Reviewed by
Soundly Staff

Blake Cadwell is a hearing aid wearer and co-founder at Soundly. Soundly began as a passion project after Blake’s frustrating search for hearing aids. Blake regularly tests and reviews hearing technology to share his experience with Soundly’s readers.

Soundly conducts in-depth research to guide prospective hearing aid wearers. Our work is funded through reader support. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.

The breakdown

Jabra Enhance Plus isn't meant for all-day wear like a traditional custom-mold or behind-the-ear style but is excellent for situations like watching TV or conversing quietly.

iPhone users will enjoy clear streaming sound that is automatically adjusted to match their hearing loss.

Man wearing Jabra Enhance Plus hearing aids
Woman at coffee bar wearing Jabra Enhance PlusJabra Enhance Plus hearing aid exploded view.

The tech inside

Jabra Enhance Plus is a part of a new class of hearing aids that you might think of as hybrid devices. One part hearing aid and one part headphone, this product is water resistant, has 12 hour battery life, and streams music and phone calls from iOS devices.

Jabra Enhance Plus is owned by GN Hearing and borrows from the health giant's decades of experience in managing background noise and amplifying the sounds that matter most.

Getting up close

Jabra Enhance Plus devices come in black and tan. Both devices look more like consumer electronics than hearing aids.

Each hearing aid has a round push button that toggles between programs and controls streaming volume. The Jabra Enhance Plus case has a premium finish that feels a lot like the case for Apple's Airpods.

Woman holding a Jabra Enhance Plus with shallow depth of field.

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