There are an estimated 35 million older adults who experience hearing loss in the U.S., 23 million of whom don't use hearing aids.1 We understand that finding the right hearing aid can be overwhelming, which is why our experts are always on the lookout for the next best solution to share with our readers. Lively is a new company to the hearing aid market that caught our eye, as they provide easy access to competitively-priced, high-quality hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Lively devices range from $1,450-$2,000 per pair, which is on the more affordable side compared to some of the leading companies we’ve tested like Miracle-Ear that charge a similar amount per ear. It's important to note that Lively currently only offers two behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid models, and they don't have solutions for severe or profound hearing loss.
However, if one of their reasonably-priced, discreet BTE hearing aids meets your needs, they're a great option. From pricing to value to features, we'll walk you through all the details about Lively below!
Before we get into the details of Lively's products, let's determine if they're the right provider for you. We'd recommend Lively's hearing aids for the following types of users:
Lively's hearing aids are FDA approved for mild to moderate hearing loss. Both models offer high-quality sound and noise cancellation, which are essential features for seniors who enjoy outdoor activities such as golf or watching sports. For older adults who find themselves in social environments often, Lively devices provide voice recognition to prioritize voices over other sounds so you can effortlessly hear conversations in noisy restaurants or at concerts and other events. Their hearing aids come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity so that you can pair your phone, tablet, and other devices to listen to music and watch your favorite entertainment. Lively hearing aids have a BTE design and are nearly invisible when worn. Lively makes the devices in a wide variety of skin tones and hair colors for optimal discreteness. Below is a breakdown of Lively's two hearing aid models.
Money Saving Tip: Lively is currently offering zero percent APR for 24 months, giving customers more affordable monthly payment plan options.
The Lively Rechargeable hearing aids cost $2,000 per pair. This is a competitive price for rechargeable BTE devices, considering rechargeable hearing aids from premium brands like Widex range from $1,000-$1,500 for just one hearing aid. These devices offer up to 30 hours of sound per charge and take only three hours to recharge fully. If you happen to forget to charge your hearing aids one night, a one hour charge can last 16 full hours, and a thirty-minute charge can last eight hours, providing you enough battery life to get through your day. The Lively Rechargeable is priced similarly to rechargeable devices from other budget hearing aid providers we've tested, such as Eargo, and boasts an invisible in-the-ear design.
For a more economical option, Lively offers the Battery Operated model with all of the connectivity and features of their rechargeable hearing aid option. It also includes a year's supply of batteries with purchase. At $1,450 per pair, these devices come out to $925 per device. If you're okay with changing out your batteries regularly, Lively Battery Operated hearing aids are a solid budget option. Although some battery-operated hearing aids can go up to $2,000-$3,000 per device, we found that there are also less expensive BTE devices on the market from companies we’ve reviewed, such as MDHearingAid, starting at $399 per pair.
Customer Perk: Seniors who use a smartphone can download the free Lively app for hearing aid adjustments and to customize their device settings anytime, anywhere.
Lively strives to make their buying process as simple and streamlined as possible. They are among the growing number of hearing aid providers that allow direct ordering from their website. This means that you don't have to visit an audiologist in-person for a hearing evaluation to purchase Lively hearing aids, saving you time, money and energy. And in today's environment, going into a clinic can be a risk for seniors, so this added safety is another benefit of Lively's buying process.
Instead of an in-person evaluation, Lively offers a free hearing test on their website to help users determine their hearing loss level and decide if Lively hearing aids are the right fit. If you choose to purchase, you can either pay for your devices upfront or select one of their monthly payment plan options. Every purchase comes with a three-year warranty, three years of follow-up care, and a 100-day risk-free trial period to give you more bang for your buck.
FYI: Lively provides free shipping for all of their hearing aids. You'll receive your devices about 1-2 weeks after ordering.
When you receive your hearing aids, Lively will schedule regular virtual follow-up appointments to ensure proper use and fitting of your devices. These follow-ups will help resolve any issues and provide additional support and instruction so you can get the most out of your devices. If you find that your hearing aids aren't right for you within 100 days of purchase, Lively provides hassle-free returns for a full refund.
In addition to their hearing aids, Lively also offers a range of add-on equipment options to customize your hearing experience.
Lively's TV Streamer, priced at $299, allows TV and other audio to stream directly to the hearing aids, turning them into wireless headphones.
The MultiMic is a portable microphone that helps boost the hearing aids' listening range for sounds up to 82 feet away. It also enhances the most important sounds in complex listening environments like a busy restaurant or large meeting. This accessory costs $275. This device also allows for direct audio input from an included 3.5mm audio cable or a 3-pin “Euro Plug” for universal FM receivers. In addition, the MultiMic has an integrated telecoil to allow for connection to hearing loops.
This phone clip helps stream calls and music to your Bluetooth-enabled devices and can also be used as a discrete remote control. It costs $199.
When purchasing a pair of Lively rechargeable hearing aids, you will receive a charging case at no extra cost. You also have the option to buy an additional one for $250 as a backup if needed.
Compared to other leading rechargeable devices, Lively falls in the middle of the price range. You'll find more expensive, top-tier options with advanced features in our Audicus review and Signia review, and less costly budget options from companies such as MDHearingAid. Below is an at-a-glance breakdown of these comparisons:
|Brand||Prices Starting At*||Rechargeable?||Battery Life||Warranty|
|Lively Rechargeable||$2,000 per pair||Yes||Up to 30 hours||3 years|
|Audicus Clara||$699 per device||Yes||Up to 30 hours||1 year|
|Beltone||$2,800 per device||Yes||Up to 30 hours||1 year|
|Signia Pure Charge & Go||$1,500 per device||Yes||Up to 19 hours||1 year|
|MD Hearing Volt||$599 per pair||Yes||Up to 25 hours||90 days|
*Prices are based on our research and conversations with customer service representatives. Many providers don't list their prices online, so exact prices may vary by location and provider.
Lively is a BBB accredited New York-based company. They have been in operation for three years to fulfill their mission of simplifying and de-stigmatizing the use of hearing aids, empowering individuals with hearing loss to find the best hearing experience possible.
Several barriers prevent seniors from adopting hearing aids such as cost, stigma, and the overwhelming number of choices on the market. Fortunately, companies like Lively take a customer-centric approach to make it simpler, faster, and less expensive to purchase hearing aids. With easy online purchase, high-quality sound, and prices ranging from $1,450-$2,000 per pair, Lively offers some of our favorite BTE hearing aids. We do wish they had more hearing aid styles to choose from. It's often said that hearing aids are an investment, and through our full Lively review, we found that Lively is a sound investment (no pun intended) for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Most insurances do not cover hearing aids; however, it is still worth checking with your provider. In the case that your insurance does cover hearing aids, Lively will provide you with the documentation necessary for a reimbursement claim.
Yes, wearing glasses does not interfere with hearing aid fit, or vice versa.
Yes, you can still personalize your hearing experience with the help of the audiologist team; however, you will not have access to the Lively app’s features without a smartphone.
No, you can order Lively hearing aids from the comfort of your home without a referral from an audiologist. Additionally, Lively has a team of audiologists who will help you access your hearing history and find an option that works best for you.