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Phonak Audeo B Direct Bluetooth Android

Update: See our updated listing for the Phonak Audeo B Direct, with reviews.

A recent FCC filing (below) confirms that Phonak has developed a full-blown Bluetooth LE chip, which should enable connecting natively to any Bluetooth device, including Android phones, iPhones, Bluetooth-enabled computers, etc.

This is huge news for Phonak. Anyone following the industry knows that consumers have been dying for a universal Bluetooth solution. Made For iPhone hearing aids, such as the Oticon Opn and ReSound LiNX, have been a huge hit, but millions of Android-users have been waiting patiently for their time to come, and now it looks like the solution is finally here.

Many in the industry expect more details to be released about the Phonak Audeo B Direct this week. We’re expecting a swift product rollout, so these new devices should be available in hearing clinics nationwide soon.

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Phonak Audeo B Direct

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  • Allan

    I would be shocked if the audio streaming works with Android since the BLE specifications do not support audio streaming. To support audio streaming to Android, I would think it would need a Bluetooth 5 chip, not BLE. Even then, Bluetooth 5 is only currently available on the Samsung Galaxy S8, so your phone choices would be limited. I’m betting this will just be Phonak’s Made For iPhone hearing aid. This will be interesting to watch though.

  • Mustachio

    Any idea how much these things cost, and if they’re covered by insurance?

    • The Plaidypus

      I know that my hearing aid provider is saying depending on the model $1,600 -$2000. I have hearing aid Insurance through a large HMO and they have their own hearing aid center. They are covering these. I will be ordering a pair next week.

  • Melanie2

    I’m new to this world and trying to decide whether to purchase Phonak Brio or Resound Cala. The Phonak needs a Compilot to go to the phone, Resound has an app and it doesn’t need a device. This blog sounds like Phonak has a new model that will avoid the compilot. Can anyone let me know how much of a hassle the compilot is. I wil admit I really don’t want to wear it around my neck all day long. I am also interested in the difference between the 2 aids. Do any of you have a preference. Thanks