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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 $1,195 to $1,995 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 three 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 specifics of Lively’s hearing aids, let’s see 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. All three models offer high-quality sound and noise cancellation, which are essential features for older adults who enjoy outdoor activities such as golf or watching sports. A plus for social seniors, Lively devices provide voice recognition to prioritize voices over other sounds. That helps you hear conversations as you dine in noisy restaurants or attend concerts.
Lively's hearing aids utilize Bluetooth technology, so you can pair them with your smartphone to listen to music and make calls. Their lightweight, BTE style is comfortable and nearly invisible when worn. Choose from a wide variety of skin tone and hair color style options for optimal discreteness.
Below is a breakdown of Lively's three hearing aid models.
Money Saving Tip: Lively is currently offering zero percent APR for 12 to 18 months, giving customers more affordable monthly payment plan options.
Lively's premium option, the Lively 2 Pro, utilizes Lively's most advanced technology yet. These rechargeable BTE hearing aids deliver natural, effortless listening, whether you're talking to the librarian or chatting with a friend during a live sporting event. You'll also enjoy luxury features like Music Mode, which improves the quality of live music, and hands-free calling for iPhones 11 and newer.
Even though it's Lively's most advanced pair, the Lively 2 Pro only costs $1,995 per pair, which is still reasonable compared to other premium options on the market. If you don't have the cash upfront, Lively offers financing options for as low as $65 per month.
The Lively 2 Plus hearing aids cost $1,595 per pair or can be financed as low as $52 per month. 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. Like the Lively 2 Pro, 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 30-minute charge can last eight hours, providing you enough battery life to get through your day. The Lively 2 Plus 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 this battery-operated model with all of the connectivity and features of their rechargeable hearing aid options. It also includes a year's supply of batteries with purchase. At $1,195 per pair, these devices come out to just over $597 per device. If you're okay with changing out your batteries regularly, Lively 2 Lite 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 MDHearing, starting at $799.99 per pair, or $39.99 per month.
Customer Perk: Seniors who use a smartphone can download the free Lively app to make 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 or hearing clinic in-person for a hearing evaluation to purchase Lively hearing aids, saving you time, money, and energy.
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 one to two 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 add-on equipment 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. It 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.
Lively hearing aids stream directly to many iPhone and Android phones. However, if you have an older phone or one that's not on Lively's compatibility list, you'll need this phone clip for streaming calls and music to your Bluetooth-enabled devices. It can also be used as a discrete remote control. The Phone Clip+ 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 MDHearing. Below is an at-a-glance breakdown of these comparisons:
|Brand||Prices starting at*||Rechargeable?||Battery life||Warranty|
|Lively 2 Plus||$1,595 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 Nx||$1,800 per device||Yes||Up to 19 hours||1 year|
|MDHearing VOLT||$599.99 per device||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.
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 $1,195 to $1,995 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, you can wear Lively’s behind-the-ear hearing aids with glasses. However, you may want to get your glasses adjusted after you start wearing hearing aids to make your wearing experience as comfortable as possible.
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.