Best iPhone Hearing Aids

Our audiologists researched all of the best iPhone hearing aids on the market and narrowed down the list to their top picks for seniors.

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When choosing which hearing aids to purchase, there’s a lot to consider, like price and style. And, if you’re a senior with an iPhone, you should also factor in smartphone compatibility. After all, wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a phone call, listen to an audiobook, and adjust hearing aid settings with the same devices that help you hear better? Being able to connect your hearing aids to your iPhone truly enhances your hearing experience, giving you access to Bluetooth streaming, mobile app adjustments, and more.

Below, we’ll take a look at our top picks for iPhone-compatible hearing aids as well as provide some helpful tips for hearing aid wearers and iPhone users.

FYI: Before purchasing any of the hearing aids below, double-check compatibility with your specific iPhone model. You can do this on the providers’ websites or by speaking with your audiologist or hearing specialist in the office.

How We Chose the Best Hearing Aids for iPhones

Even if you’re looking at iPhone-compatible hearing aids only, you still have many options to choose from. To save you time, we’ve narrowed down the choices to our top hearing aids with iPhone compatibility. We did this by evaluating criteria like price, features, mobile apps, user-friendliness, and reputation.

What Are “Made for iPhone” Hearing Aids?

When you’re shopping for hearing aids, you may come across the phrase “Made for iPhone” or the abbreviation “MFI.” But what exactly does that mean? It means that the hearing aids will directly connect via Bluetooth and/or via the manufacturer’s app to your iPhone. You won’t need a separate device to make the connection for you.

Apple advertises that all MFI hearing devices are compatible with the following devices: 3

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air
  • iPad (4th generation) or later
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or later

Even with that assurance from Apple, you should still verify iPhone compatibility with the hearing aid you’re interested in. Features may be limited if you connect your hearing to an older device, even if it’s compatible. For example, the Lively 2 Pro offers hands-free phone calls only when using an iPhone 11 or newer and iOS 15.1.

What Are the Benefits of Hearing Aids That Connect to iPhones?

Choosing a pair of hearing aids that connects to your iPhone gives you access to features and benefits that you would otherwise miss out on. Some of these features may even make you more likely to want hearing aids in the first place, which is important because the majority of older adults who need hearing aids have never used them.4

  • Quickly make adjustments: Using Apple Hearing Controls, you can easily adjust hearing aid volume and change memories for MFI hearing aids. You can even adjust settings right from your iPhone’s lock screen for added convenience.
  • Locate missing hearing aids: Some hearing aid providers, like Oticon, include a “Find My Hearing Aid” feature in their app so that you can see the last spot where your hearing aids connected to your iPhone. This feature is invaluable considering how costly replacing a hearing aid can be.
  • Stream audio right to your hearing aids: iPhone-compatible hearing aids eliminate the need for pricey wireless accessories or streamers. And you never need to swap out your hearing aids for earbuds when you want to enjoy private listening. Instead, your hearing aids essentially act as Bluetooth earbuds while still carrying out their normal hearing aid function.
  • Effortlessly switch between Apple devices with Audio Handoff: If your hearing aids are connected to your iPhone but then you start watching Netflix on your iPad, your hearing aids will automatically connect to your iPad for a seamless listening experience.
  • Hear better in noisy environments: The Live Listen feature turns your Apple device into a remote microphone so that you can hear better in busy, noisy environments. You could place your iPhone in front of your partner when you’re out for dinner so that you can hear them better over the noise of the restaurant.

Frequently Asked Questions About iPhone Hearing Aids

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

Citations
  1. National Institute on Aging. (2018). Hearing Loss: A Common Problem for Older Adults.

  2. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2022). The Hidden Risks of Hearing Loss.

  3. Apple. (2021). Use Made for iPhone hearing devices.

  4. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. (2021). Quick Statistics About Hearing.