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Hearing Aids and iPhones, Which Work Best?



What hearing aids work with iPhones

It is a question we get asked regularly, which hearing aids work with iPhones. Funnily enough, nearly every hearing aid on the market will work with an iPhone. You have to be careful though, just because a hearing aid has an iPhone app, doesn't mean it is a Made For iPhone hearing aid. Many will not work without an intermediary streamer. If your question is, which hearing aids have a direct connection to the iPhone? The simple answer has to be any hearing aid that carries the Made For iPhone mark. Since I wrote this article there have been many changes and developments, so I decided it was long past time to update. 

Just because a hearing aid has an iPhone app, doesn't mean it is Made For iPhone!.

Resound Linx3D

Made For iPhone & Made For Any Phone

The direct connection world has been shaken up a bit, Sonova, both Phonak and Unitron brands introduced the Made For Any Phone lines and it introduced a new concept in direct connectivity. More of that a little later, however, it has spurred one of the major brands to look at Made For Android again. 

Resound and Google has announced a partnership to bring direct connection to Android phones to reality. The first hearing aid that will be able to do it will be the new LiNX Quattro. That is expected to happen in 2019 and it will again revolutionise direct connection. 

Hearing Aids That are Compatible With iPhones

The current best hearing aids (as of Sep 2018) which work directly with iPhones are:

  • the Oticon Opn range
  • the Zerena range from Bernafon
  • the LiNX Quattro from Resound
  •  the LiNX 3D range from Resound
  • the Enzo 3D range from Resound
  • the Beyond range from Widex 
  • the Halo 2 range from Starkey
  • the Livio AI range from Starkey
  • the Pure 13 BT from Signia
  • the Nx range from Signia

They will all work with a direct connection to with iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, and some of the iPod touch range. You can take a deeper look at Made For iPhone hearing aids here. 

Made For Any Phone

Audeo B-Direct hearing aid

Phonak introduced a device in 2017 called the Audeo B-Direct. It is the first ever Made For Any Phone hearing aid. It is a revolutionary concept that changes wireless hearing aid connection to the mobile phone. The Audeo B-Direct connects to any Bluetooth® enabled mobile phone, directly without a streamer. It also is the only device to offer true hands-free calling. As it supports the classic Bluetooth protocol, it provides direct connectivity to cell phones – including AndroidTM, iPhone® and even classic cell phones – with no extra body-worn streaming device required. I have put a comparison chart at the end of the article which compares Made For Any Phone with Made For iPhone. This is their first ever Bluetooth hearing aid. Which brings me onto.

Bluetooth Enabled Hearing Aids

Every hearing aid brand has wireless enabled hearing aids that will connect to both iPhones and Android phones. However, they will only do so through an intermediary streamer device. For some people, this seems to be an intolerable solution. I don't know why, I don't mind streamers, especially multifunctional ones like the Oticon Connect Clip. In fact, I think wireless hearing aid accessories are outstanding and I recently wrote an article about them and why you should buy yourself one for Christmas. Anyway, nuff ranting here is the comparison chart I promised earlier

Feature Comparison LiNX 3d Audeo B-Direct
Direct Wireless Connectivity To iPhone Yes

Yes

Direct Wireless Connectivity To Android No

Yes

Stream Phone Conversation Yes

Yes

Answer Phone With Hearing Aid No

Yes

Handsfree Calling No

Yes

Phone Conversation in Both Ears Yes

No

Streaming of Audio From Phone Yes

No

Use iPhone as Remote Microphone Yes

No

Find Lost Hearing Aid Feature Yes

No

Remote Fine Tuning of Hearing Aids Yes

No

Tinnitus Therapy Feature Yes

No

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Geoffrey (Geoff, anything else makes him nervous) Cooling is an Irish hearing aid blogger and has been involved with the hearing aid industry for over ten years. He has worked in private practice dispensing hearing aids and as a manufacturer's rep. He has written two books and they are both available on Amazon. He loves technology, passing on knowledge and is legendary for many other things, primarily the amount he curses, his dry and mischievous sense of humour and his complete intolerance of people who are full of themselves. Please feel free to connect with him

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