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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.

  • 1. Jabra Enhance

    Overview

    Jabra Enhance, previously called Lively, sells three behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid models that all allow direct stereo streaming to Apple devices. That means you can listen to phone calls and stream music, audiobooks, Netflix, and other media right to your hearing aids. For seniors with an iPhone 11 or newer (and iOS 15.1), we’d recommend the Enhance Select 200 model. These rechargeable hearing aids also allow hands-free calls.

    When you purchase Jabra Enhance hearing aids, you also gain access to the Jabra Enhance Select mobile app, which is available in the Apple App Store for free. Using the app, you can adjust settings, change the volume, and seek help from the Jabra Enhance Care team right from your phone. Remote hearing care with Jabra Enhance’s audiology team is available for three years following your purchase, an excellent perk from a company that sells hearing aids directly to consumers!

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    Pros
    • Direct streaming from Apple devices
    • Up to eight colors to choose from
    • Rechargeable and battery-powered options
    • Risk-free 100-day trial
    • Three years of virtual audiologist care included
    • Three-year warranty
    Cons
    • Not suitable for severe to profound hearing loss
    • Only BTE models available

    Pricing

    Unlike many other hearing aid providers, Jabra Enhance is transparent with their pricing. The Jabra Enhance Select 50 costs $1,195 per pair, the Jabra Enhance Select 100 costs $1,595 per pair, and the Jabra Enhance Select 200 costs $1,995 per pair. Comparable technology from other leading brands can easily cost double. Plus, with Jabra Enhance, the purchase price includes the hearing aids, a charging case (a one-year supply of batteries with the Jabra Enhance Select 50), a three-year warranty, three-year loss and damage protection, and three years of virtual audiologist care.

    The Bottom Line

    Jabra Enhance is a great choice for seniors with iPhones who are interested in streaming media or fielding hands-free calls with their hearing aids. Plus, you can’t beat their affordable prices and discreet design. And, you can try Jabra Enhance risk-free thanks to a 100-day money-back guarantee. To learn more about Jabra Enhance, head to our Jabra Enhance review.

    Did You Know: Jabra Enhance made the cut for our 2022 best hearing aids list, winning the accolade of best bang for your buck.

  • 2. MDHearing

    Overview

    MDHearing made our list for its smart MDHearing VOLT MAX hearing aids and user-friendly iPhone app. Using the app, you can test your hearing, view instant results, and then personalize your hearing aid settings to suit your hearing needs. Customize noise reduction, adjust the equalizer, and change the volume — all from your iPhone or iPad. The app is available for iOS 10 and up, so be sure to confirm compatibility with your device before purchasing.

    What truly impressed us is the app’s built-in hearing test. If your hearing changes, which often happens as you age,1 you can simply take the hearing test again, view your results, and let the program re-personalize your hearing aids right from your iPhone without needing to visit an audiologist.

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    Pros
    • Low price
    • Self-adjustable with mobile app
    • Automatically adapt to suit your environment
    • In-app hearing test
    • No prescription needed
    • 45-day risk-free trial
    Cons
    • Cannot stream directly to hearing aids
    • Available in one color only
    • Not for severe to profound hearing loss

    Pricing

    The MDHearing VOLT MAX costs $1,899.98 per pair. However, it’s easy to find sales and other promotions that bring the cost down. The VOLT MAX is often on sale for half off or more. Even at the regular cost, MDHearing is one of the most affordable providers on this list. Plus, the company offers a 45-day risk-free trial, which is plenty of time to see if these hearing aids are right for you.

    The Bottom Line

    MDHearing’s range of low-cost BTE and in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids works great for older adults with iPhones who are on a limited budget. The VOLT MAX model and its compatible app give older adults with mild to moderate hearing loss the technology they need to hear better without any audiology appointments. Just remember that you won’t be able to stream phone calls or audio directly to these hearing aids like you can with options from other providers. For our full thoughts on MDHearing, check out our 2022 MDHearing review.

  • 3. Eargo

    Overview

    Older adults with iPhones who want an invisible hearing aid they can adjust at home should consider Eargo. This direct-to-consumer hearing aid provider sells four discreet in-canal models, so you’re truly in control of who knows about your hearing loss. Since Eargo hearing aids are so tiny, there isn’t room for Bluetooth technology, which means no streaming to your iPhone. Instead, the Bluetooth technology is built into the case.

    FYI: Eargo is one of our top picks for invisible hearing aids.

    Three of the four models — Eargo 6, Eargo 5, and Eargo Neo HiFi — work with Eargo’s mobile app, which is available for iOS devices. With the app, you can adjust features like volume, noise filter, and sound programs. You can also access lifetime telecare support from Eargo hearing professionals. To make adjustments, you’ll need to place your hearing aids in the charging case to connect via Bluetooth to your iPhone.

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    Pros
    • Nearly invisible design
    • Lifetime support from licensed hearing professionals
    • Two-year warranty with Eargo 6
    • Charger built into case
    • No prescription required
    Cons
    • Not for severe to profound hearing loss
    • Cannot stream media directly to hearing aids

    Pricing

    Eargo lists pricing directly on their website, which you won’t find with every provider. Prices for Eargo hearing aids range from $1,450 to $2,950 per pair, but you can often find sales to knock off a few hundred dollars. Eargo also lets buyers make monthly payments. For the features and support you get, Eargo offers truly exceptional value.

    The Bottom Line

    You may not be able to stream audio from your iPhone directly to your Eargo hearing aids, but we think that’s a worthwhile trade-off. After all, you’re getting discreet hearing support that won’t interfere with glasses or a mask. Plus, you can make any adjustments you need to with the Eargo mobile app and the Bluetooth technology in the charging case. To learn more about Eargo and the company’s four hearing aid models, check out our latest Eargo review.

  • 4. Lexie

    Overview

    Lexie doesn’t sell the most advanced hearing aid on the market, but this company does offer reliable BTE and receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids with an app we love. The mobile app, which is available in the App Store, is actually used to program the hearing aids. Simply complete the hearing test, and the Lexie app will use a smart-fit algorithm to customize your hearing aids. It doesn’t get much simpler than that! You can also use the app to adjust settings to improve your hearing in different environments.

    Lexie doesn’t offer Bluetooth streaming to your iPhone, but it does offer telecoil. Telecoil gives you access to public venues — like theaters and churches — that have hearing loops. You can switch to the T-coil setting in the Lexie app on your iPhone whenever you want to take advantage of this feature.

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    Pros
    • Low price
    • No contract with monthly subscription
    • Sweatproof technology
    • Algorithm customizes devices to your hearing profile
    • 45-day risk-free trial
    • Five color options
    Cons
    • No Bluetooth streaming

    Pricing

    A pair of Lexie hearing aids costs $799 to $999, which is thousands of dollars cheaper than those from some other providers. The upfront price includes the devices, batteries, accessories, a one-year warranty, and unlimited video and voice support from a hearing expert. If you’re on a tight budget, you can also choose the monthly subscription plan, which includes regular shipments of additional accessories and batteries. Simply pay $42 to $49 per month for 24 months, plus a one-time start-up fee. You can cancel your subscription at any time by simply returning the hearing aids.

    The Bottom Line

    Lexie may not deliver all the bells and whistles offered by other companies, but that’s not their focus. The company aimed to create BTE and RIC hearing aids with only the necessary features and to make it accessible to as many people as possible. We love that their mobile app makes it easy to adjust settings on the go so that older adults can hear better in any environment. Learn more about Lexie by reading this year’s Lexie hearing aid review.

  • 5. Otofonix

    Overview

    Otofonix sells budget hearing aids that are accessible for seniors of all income levels. While this company does sell several hearing aid models, only one is compatible with an app on your iPhone. The Otofonix Groove BTE hearing aid is rechargeable and app-controlled. Use the app to fine-tune your Bluetooth hearing aids for a better listening experience. A built-in hearing test makes testing and even retesting your hearing a breeze.

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    Pros
    • Low prices
    • Rechargeable and battery-powered options available
    • Ready to go right out of the box
    • Whistle-eliminating technology
    • No prescription needed
    • 45-day money-back guarantee
    Cons
    • Lacks advanced features
    • Not for severe or profound hearing loss

    Pricing

    The cost of Otofonix hearing aids ranges from $790 to $1,590 per pair. Of course, those are list prices, not the sales prices we always see on their website. On sale, you can get a pair of iPhone-compatible Groove hearing aids for just $795. They offer excellent value for the price — just don’t expect the fancy features you’d find with more expensive hearing aids.

    The Bottom Line

    Otofonix hearing aids aren’t the fanciest or most advanced, but they’re a great option for seniors on a tight budget. We like that the Groove model offers an iPhone app with personalized controls and a built-in hearing test. Just know that you can’t stream audiobooks, calls, or other media from your iPhone to these hearing aids. For that feature, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

    Want more information on Otofonix? Check out our 2022 Otofonix hearing aid review.

    Did You Know: A common myth many patients with hearing loss believe is that hearing aids are difficult to use.2 With providers like Otofonix, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Otofonix hearing aids are ready to go the second they arrive at your doorstep.

  • 6. Widex

    Overview

    Widex understands what the modern hearing aid wearer wants: hearing aids that seamlessly connect with their phone. That’s why Widex sells three “Made-for-iPhone” (MFI) hearing aid lines: BEYOND, EVOKE, and MOMENT, available in BTE and ITE styles.

    Each hearing aid line comes with a Widex companion app. Using the app, you can stream calls, videos, music, audiobooks, and more from your iPhone right to your hearing aids. You can also adjust volume and pitch, access sound class, and manage tinnitus using your phone. We love how much flexibility Widex gives you to achieve the best hearing environment without having to return to your audiologist.

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    Pros
    • Solutions for mild to profound hearing loss
    • Rechargeable options
    • Water-resistant
    • “Zero Delay” in MOMENT product line
    • Both ITE and BTE styles
    • User-friendly mobile app
    Cons
    • Cannot purchase online
    • Pricey

    Pricing

    Widex pricing information isn’t available online, and devices need to be purchased in person. Visit your audiologist or local hearing aid specialist to discuss the cost and to learn which Widex model best meets your needs.

    The Bottom Line

    With Widex, you’re getting some of the best technology the industry has to offer with apps that make using it as simple as possible. You will pay more for all of this advanced technology, so be sure to ask about insurance coverage and financing options when you meet with your audiologist. Remember that you will need a prescription or waiver to purchase Widex hearing aids. Go check out our Widex review to learn more.

  • 7. Oticon

    Overview

    Oticon is known for creating some of the most technologically advanced hearing aids available today, featuring internet connectivity that allows you to connect to multiple Apple products at once. Their hearing aids are MFI and can seamlessly connect to iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices for streaming calls, media, and more. Tech-savvy seniors will be especially impressed by Oticon’s integration with IFTTT, or If This Then That.

    Using the Oticon mobile app and the IFTTT website, wearers can choose and create “if this, then that” scenarios, which are called applets. For example, you can set it up so that if a new event is added to your iPhone’s calendar, Oticon will convert the text to speech in your hearing aids. That way, if you have an important event or appointment, your hearing aids will remind you so you don’t miss it! Applets like this work only on iPhones.

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    Pros
    • Top-tier hearing aids
    • MFI
    • Mobile app compatibility
    • Advanced BrainHearing technology
    • IFTTT integration
    • Variety of colors to choose from
    • Custom ear molds available
    • Variety of hearing aid styles
    Cons
    • Can be pricey
    • Available only with a prescription or waiver

    Pricing

    Oticon doesn’t disclose pricing on their website. However, you can expect to pay top dollar for Oticon hearing aids due to their innovative technology. Visit your audiologist or a local hearing aid specialist to learn about pricing and insurance coverage.

    The Bottom Line

    Wireless connectivity, advanced BrainHearing technology, and an abundance of style options give Oticon’s product line an edge over those of other providers. And not only does Oticon deliver all the bells and whistles, but their seamless connectivity with iPhones and iPads and IFTTT integration are major benefits for tech-savvy seniors. No matter your level of hearing loss, Oticon devices can help you hear clearly throughout your day.

    Learn about Oticon’s full product line and other features we like in our Oticon hearing aid review.

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 Jabra Enhance Select 200 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.