Best Android-Compatible Hearing Aids

Our experts compared the best hearing aids for android phones and selected their five top picks for seniors

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There’s a lot to consider when deciding which hearing aids to purchase. After all, you’ll wear and benefit from them every single day. If you’re an avid smartphone user, you may consider a pair that’s compatible with your Android smartphone. Doing so would give you access to features you’d otherwise miss out on, such as streaming calls and audio from your phone to your hearing aids or making adjustments to your hearing aid settings through an Android mobile app.

Below, we’ll explore our top picks for Android-compatible hearing aids, along with features to look out for and how to connect your hearing aids to your Android device.

How We Chose the Best Hearing Aids for Android Phones

With so many options out there, it’s hard to decide which hearing aids for Android phones to buy. We’re helping you out by narrowing down the choices to our top Android-compatible hearing aids. To do this, we evaluated criteria such as price, Bluetooth streaming, mobile app features, and ease of use.

What Are Android-Compatible Hearing Aids?

Many hearing aid providers develop hearing aids that connect directly to Android devices such as phones and tablets. If you have Android-compatible hearing aids and a compatible Android device, then you may be able to stream calls, audio, music, audiobooks, and more directly to your hearing aids.

Even if direct streaming isn’t available, there are still other benefits you can enjoy from Android-compatible hearing aids — many of which you can access after downloading the manufacturer’s mobile app.

Most hearing aid apps for Android phones offer features such as:

  • Taking a hearing test
  • Changing the volume of your hearing aids
  • Switching between modes or preprogrammed settings
  • Adjusting settings
  • Accessing remote telecare for fitting, hearing aid adjustments, and troubleshooting

How Do I Connect My Hearing Aids to My Android Phone?

Many smartphone manufacturers produce phones with Android operating systems, so exact instructions for pairing your hearing aids to your Android phone may vary. You generally can try two methods to pair your hearing aids to your Android phone.

Method 1: Via Phone Settings

If you’ve ever paired a Bluetooth device (like a pair of headphones or a speaker) to your phone, you’re already familiar with the process to pair your Bluetooth hearing aids. For many Android OS phones, the process looks like this:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click “Connected devices.”
  3. Click “Pair new device.”
  4. Select your hearing aid from the list of available devices.
  5. After the first hearing aid connects, select the second, if applicable.

Method 2: Via Mobile App

Most hearing aid providers include connection instructions during setup for the mobile app. If you plan to use a mobile app with your hearing aids, download it from the Play store. Then follow the on-screen directions to connect your Bluetooth hearing aids.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids for Android

  • Which hearing aids are compatible with Android phones?

    A variety of hearing aids are Android-compatible, including models made by Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Beltone, Starkey, Widex, Lively, and more.

  • How do I know if my phone is compatible with Bluetooth hearing aids?

    Visit the hearing aid provider’s website or speak with your audiologist to determine whether your Android phone is compatible with your Bluetooth hearing aids. Just because both devices have Bluetooth technology doesn’t mean you can stream from your phone to your hearing aids.

  • Can Galaxy Buds Pro replace hearing aids?

    In 2021, a study found that conventional hearing aids far outperformed the Galaxy Buds Pro.2 Some participants with mild to moderate hearing loss, however, did report the Galaxy Buds Pro were beneficial to their hearing in quiet environments. So the Galaxy Buds Pro aren’t a suitable replacement for hearing aids, but their amplification setting may help some wearers.

  • Where do I get the right hearing aid app for Android phones?

    The instructions included with your hearing aids should contain information about any compatible mobile apps. You can also visit the hearing aid provider’s website to find the name of the mobile app, then visit the Google Play store or your phone’s app store to search for and download the app.

Written By

Dr. Ruth Reisman

Audiologist

Ruth Reisman, AuD MBA, is a licensed audiologist and hearing aid dispenser in New York state and is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. After serving as an audiologist in the New York downstate hospital system, Dr. Reisman led the… Learn More About Dr. Ruth Reisman

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