Best Bluetooth Hearing Aids of 2022 for Android and iOS

The Top Hearing Aids to Connect You to Your World

Hearing aids that connect you to smartphones and other Bluetooth devices have opened up new worlds to hearing aid wearers. Previously, hearing aids simply helped you hear better. Now, your MP3 or iTunes player can stream recorded music directly to your Bluetooth hearing aids, no wires necessary. You can make calls, and you don't even have to put the phone to your ear. You can stream video chats or Netflix movies. And there are countless other possible applications.

Phonak Marvel Bluetooth Hearing Aids

But shopping for a Bluetooth hearing aid can be confusing. Bluetooth- and smartphone-compatible hearing instruments come in dozens of different flavors. And there always seems to be a catch. So knowing the basics can help.

Only one hearing aid manufacturer offers universal accessory-free Bluetooth streaming

Here's the first catch. Only one manufacturer­ currently offers true, accessory-free universal Bluetooth streaming. Phonak and Unitron, owned by number-one manufacturer Sonova, offer several hearing aid models that offer completely wireless connectivity to the many millions of Bluetooth devices out there. And Costco's new Kirkland Signature 10.0 hearing aid, also manufactured by Sonova, offers universal Bluetooth as well.

But other manufacturers are catching up in 2022. While no other manufacturer provides universal Bluetooth connectivity, there are a wide variety of products that support streaming for both Apple and Android smartphones through the Made-For-iPhone (MFi) and Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) protocols. And thanks to a new iOS update, there are now a few MFi hearing aids on the market that support true hands-free calling with iPhone. Historically, Sonova was the only manufacturer to support accessory-free hands-free calling.

Bluetooth hearing aid FAQ

The only hearing aids that offer 100% universal wireless Bluetooth streaming are hearing aids from Sonova, like Phonak Paradise, Unitron Blu, and the KS10 (sold at Costco). Other Bluetooth hearing aids offer compatibility with iOS and/or select Android devices.

Made-for-iPhone (MFi) hearing aids are natively compatible with most iOS devices, like iPhone and iPad. Most MFi hearing aids may achieve Bluetooth connectivity with a broader range of devices using using an intermediary accessory. In some cases they may also be natively compatible with Android devices, but this varies by manufacturer and Android device.

The current list includes Phonak Paradise, Oticon More, Oticon Zircon, Starkey Evolv AI, ReSound One, Beltone Imagine, Widex Moment, and Signia AX.

A streamer either hangs from your neck or clips to your clothing, and receives audio from Bluetooth-enabled phones, MP3 music players, computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Once the streamer has picked up the sound from the Bluetooth-device, it re-transmits the audio to the hearing aids, typically via a proprietary 2.4GHz radio signal. Streamers are typically used when your hearing aids don’t support direct connectivity with Bluetooth devices.

Prices for a pair can range anywhere from less than $3,000 to more than $6,000 per pair, depending on what other features and functions they have.

The latest hearing aid streamers make Bluetooth easy

If your hearing aids don’t connect natively to your smartphone (or other Bluetooth audio device), you’ll likely need a “streamer” from the same manufacturer that produced your hearing aids. Streamers are typically purchased as an add-on to hearing aids, but the good news is that today's Bluetooth hearing aid streamers provide a relatively painless workaround to achieving universal Bluetooth connectivity with your hearing aids.

Hearing aid Bluetooth Streamer

Bluetooth audio may be streamed from a laptop to a pair of Widex MOMENT hearing aids through COM-DEX, an intermediary streaming device.

A streamer either hangs from your neck or clips to your clothing, and receives audio from Bluetooth-enabled phones, MP3 music players, computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Once the streamer has picked up the sound from your favorite Bluetooth-enabled audio device, it re-transmits the audio to the hearing aids, typically via a proprietary 2.4GHz radio signal.

Hearing aid makers have started delivering Bluetooth streaming accessories that are smaller, more feature-rich, and easier to use. They provide wireless communication with all Bluetooth-enabled devices. And their associated apps work well with both iPhones and Android smartphones.

"Made-For-iPhone" (MFi) hearing aids

Most premium-brand hearing makers actually do meet a major portion of the market's need for a better listening experience with "Made-for-iPhone" (MFi) hearing aids. First introduced in 2015 by GN ReSound, MFi hearing aids launched an entirely new era of connectivity. Other manufacturers quickly followed.

MFi hearing aids connect you to the Apple universe. With them, you enjoy better hearing through complete wireless interaction with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch—no streamer required. With the exception of Sonova, all major manufacturers now sell at least some MFi-compatible hearing aids. Ironically, Sonova’s non-MFi hearing aids are the only hearing aids to offer direct audio streaming from Apple computers (via Bluetooth Classic).

Android compatibility

In 2018, Google finally announced a new Android streaming spec for hearing aids—Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA). The announcement from Google signaled their intention to pair hearing aids with the much larger universe of Android phones.

Flash forward to 2022, and we now have four hearing aid companies—GN (ReSound and Beltone), WSA (Signia and Widex), Starkey, and Demant (Oticon)—with ASHA-compatible hearing aids on the market.

While Made-for-iPhone is supported by all iOS devices (from recent years), Android ASHA is only supported on select Android phones. In general, any phone with Bluetooth 5.0+ and Android 10 (or higher) is capable of providing wireless streaming via ASHA, but ASHA must be enabled by each phone manufacturer and service carrier, so it pays to check with your carrier on whether your specific Android model can support ASHA connectivity (Samsung, Google Pixel, and OnePlus offer the best support). Most ASHA compatible aids also support MFi.

Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid models

Following are Bluetooth solutions from the top hearing aid brands. We don’t just look at the Phonak, Unitron, and Costco models with universal Bluetooth connectivity. We also list MFi- and ASHA-enabled hearing aids. And we provide a guide to the streaming accessories that the top brands use to make their hearing aids Bluetooth-compatible. The table below only includes the latest models that offer either MFi or ASHA.

Model iPhone Streaming Android Streaming Hands-Free
Oticon More MFi ASHA MFi or ConnectClip
Oticon Zircon MFi ASHA MFi or ConnectClip
Oticon Play PX MFi ASHA MFi or ConnectClip
Oticon Xceed MFi - ConnectClip
Philips HearLink 9030 (Costco) MFi ASHA MFi or AudioClip
Earlens Earlens Hearing System MFi - -
Beltone Imagine MFi ASHA MFi or Phone Link 2
ReSound One MFi ASHA MFi or Phone Clip+
Kirkland Signature KS10 BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (HFP) or accessory
Phonak Audeo P BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (HFP) or accessory
Phonak Naida P BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (HFP) or accessory
Phonak Brio 4 (Costco) BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (HFP) or accessory
Unitron Moxi Blu BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (A2DP) BT Classic (HFP) or accessory
Starkey Evolv AI MFi ASHA MFi or Remote Microphone+
Signia Insio Charge&Go AX MFi ASHA Mfi or StreamLine Mic
Signia Pure Charge&Go AX MFi ASHA Mfi or StreamLine Mic
Widex Moment MFi ASHA COM-DEX

Where can you buy Bluetooth hearing aids?

Bluetooth hearing aids are available pretty much everywhere these days. Book an appointment with your local hearing health professional to discuss the options.

*Note: what follows is not a "ranking" of the best Bluetooth hearing aids. Rather, we provide as much information as we can about the Bluetooth solutions available from each of the top hearing aid brands. Collectively, the brands we mention account for more than 80 percent of the premium hearing aids sold worldwide.

Phonak Bluetooth hearing aids

Phonak's Audéo Marvel established the gold standard in Bluetooth hearing aid connectivity. Introduced in November 2019, Marvel was the first to stream music and other audio—in stereo—directly to and from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Marvel has since been superseded by the newer Audéo Paradise. Paradise offers improved Bluetooth connectivity—it can pair with up to 8 Bluetooth devices and have 2 active Bluetooth connections. This makes switching between your two favorite devices much easier. Marvel only offered one active connection.

Phonak Audéo Paradise

4 stars stars
20 reviews

Listed prices are for a pair of hearing aids in US dollars unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and may vary by region.

To deliver binaural streaming of music and phone calls, Phonak developed the third generation of its SWORD wireless chip. It integrated all the communication protocols on a single hearing aid chip, including Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). Together they lessened power consumption and overcome the battery life limitations of earlier chipsets. And the newest chip (PRISM), which runs Paradise, offers the same integration with double the memory.

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For its other hearing aids, Phonak has an array of wireless accessories, including streamers, remote microphones, and a TV audio transmitter (which works for Marvel too). We also recommend reading up on Roger, Phonak’s suite of wireless remote microphones for those who need extra help hearing in background noise.

Unitron Bluetooth hearing aids

Unitron, another Sonova brand, offers universal Bluetooth connectivity in a number of product families, including Discover, Discover Next, and Moxi Blu. Moxi Blu runs on the PRISM chip and offers two active Bluetooth connections with pairing up to eight different devices—and includes the same tap controls as Phonak Paradise devices.

Costco Bluetooth hearing aids

Costco, the big box retailer, has hearing centers that offer hearing tests, professional services, and affordable prices. Costco doesn't manufacture its own hearing aids but resells products and technology from top manufacturers. Costco created a stir with its new hearing aid, the Kirkland Signature 10.0 (KS10), which utilizes Sonova's universal Bluetooth PRISM-chip technology. The Kirkland 10.0 model works with all Bluetooth devices and has an associated app to manage them. Like the Phonak and Unitron Bluetooth hearing aids, the KS10 can pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices.

Kirkland Signature (Costco) 10.0

4 stars stars
73 reviews

Listed prices are for a pair of hearing aids in US dollars unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and may vary by region.

For its other hearing aid models, Costco offers Bluetooth-streaming accessories including a remote control device, a TV audio streamer, a streamer for your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, and a remote microphone.

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ReSound Bluetooth hearing aids

GN ReSound was the first brand to introduce Made-for-iPhone hearing aids and more recently ReSound has been a pioneer on direct Android streaming. They now offer a number of Apple and Android compatible hearing aids including One, LiNX Quattro, and ENZO Q. Streaming from Android is accomplished using the new Audio Streaming for Hearing Aid (ASHA) protocol.

ReSound One

3.5 stars stars
15 reviews

Listed prices are for a pair of hearing aids in US dollars unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and may vary by region.

For other Bluetooth devices, ReSound also offers a variety of accessories that connect its hearing aids with high-quality audio. The ReSound Phone Clip+ streams calls or audio from your Bluetooth-enabled phone. ReSound Mics can be placed on a podium, on a speaker's lapel, or on a conference table to pick up voices and stream them to your hearing aids. And ReSound Bluetooth TV streamer attached to the back of your TV delivers audio directly to your hearing aids without having to go through your streamer. And the ReSound Remote Control 2 makes it easy to adjust the volume, change programs or switch between streaming accessories.

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Oticon Bluetooth hearing aids

More is the latest Bluetooth compatible hearing aid from Danish hearing aid manufacturer Oticon. More is seen by many as an iterative improvement over Opn, with improved speech processing capabilities, and improved wireless connectivity. Like Opn, More is MFi compatible, but Oticon has added support for Android ASHA wireless streaming, and made more future proof for LE Audio, making More one of the best Bluetooth hearing aids out there.

Oticon More

3.5 stars stars
22 reviews

Listed prices are for a pair of hearing aids in US dollars unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and may vary by region.

For those who need to connect to other Bluetooth devices (like laptops), or need hands-free calling, Oticon's ConnectClip streamer delivers a solution. And an Oticon TV Adapter connects to almost most TVs and other audio devices using standard cables. Stereo sound from the TV streams wirelessly directly to your hearing aids from a range of up to 45 feet. And the Oticon ON app makes it easy to manage Bluetooth connections.

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Oticon Opn and OpnS hearing aids Oticon’s previous generations of MFi hearing aids. With a variety of streamers, Opn and OpnS hearing aids and most others from Oticon provide Bluetooth connectivity with good sound quality.

Starkey Bluetooth hearing aids

Starkey Hearing Technologies was the second brand to introduce a Made-for-iPhone hearing. The U.S. manufacturer quickly expanded its Apple-compatible product line and now sells Starkey Livio and Evolv AI MFi hearing aids. Both product families support direct audio streaming to iOS and select Android devices, and Evolv AI supports hands-free calling for iOS devices.

Starkey Evolv AI

4.5 stars stars
7 reviews

Listed prices are for a pair of hearing aids in US dollars unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and may vary by region.

Starkey's streaming accessories provide Bluetooth connections for its other hearing aids, and for non-iOS or Android Bluetooth connectivity to its Livio and Evolv AI models.

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Widex Bluetooth hearing aids

Widex MOMENT Made-for-iPhone hearing aids offer wireless connectivity with iPhones and other iOS devices. Widex says its signal processing chip set features independent channel separation with minimal-delay filters to offer clean sound even while streaming. The Widex MOMENT app lets you set up and manage your Bluetooth connections with your iPhone. Widex also states that MOMENT is “prepared for future connections with Android (ASHA)”.

Widex MOMENT

3 stars stars
9 reviews

Listed prices are for a pair of hearing aids in US dollars unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and may vary by region.

For its other hearing aids and non-Apple Bluetooth connectivity for its MOMENT models, Widex offers a range of streaming accessories. The COM-DEX streamer hangs from the neck and streams high-quality sound from any Bluetooth device to your hearing aid. It offers up to eight hours of streaming time and comes with an optional remote mic. Other accessories for the phone, TV and other Bluetooth devices include Uni-Dex, Call-Dex, FM+DEX, TV PLAY, and TV-DEX. The COM-DEX iPhone and Android smartphone app helps manage the Bluetooth connections.

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Signia Bluetooth hearing aids

Signia Insio AX, Pure AX, and Styletto X hearing aids offer MFi direct wireless streaming with Apple devices. The latest two families, Insio and Pure AX, also offer direct Android streaming via the ASHA protocol and hands-free calling over MFi.

Signia Pure AX

5 stars stars
2 reviews

Listed prices are for a pair of hearing aids in US dollars unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and may vary by region.

Other Signia hearing aids stream wireless audio from Android phones and other Bluetooth devices, including TVs, via Signia's StreamLine Mic and StreamLine TV accessories. A StreamLine Mic is also required if you want to connect your hearing aids directly to an Android phone that does not support ASHA (or other generic Bluetooth devices). A Signia myControl remote control app manages Bluetooth applications with both iPhones and Android smartphones.

Bluetooth hearing aid costs

Premium Bluetooth hearing aids can be expensive. A pair can cost anywhere from $1,600 (at Costco) $6,000 (or more) for top-end hearing aids. Unfortunately, streaming accessories cost extra, and prices vary from clinic to clinic. But a clip-on streamer can easily add $500 to the cost of hearing aids. And TV streamers and remote mics can cost even more, depending on their capabilities. Some local providers do provide discounts through our hearing aid discounts program.

Alternative Bluetooth-enabled hearing devices

Many direct-to-consumer hearing aids available online offer Bluetooth streamers. (You won't be able to buy over-the-counter hearing aids until the FDA sets the rules for the new OTC hearing aid market next year).

And of course there is a whole world of Bluetooth-enabled earpieces, hearables and PSAPs (personal sound amplifiers) to explore. Many of them integrate high-end hearing aid technology. Often they are less expensive than Bluetooth hearing aids. Nuheara's IQbuds² MAX are a good example of a popular hearable offering Bluetooth connectivity.

Introducing IQbuds² MAX. Video courtesy Nuheara.

Bluetooth LE Audio: The future of Bluetooth hearing aids

A new Bluetooth specification, Bluetooth 5.2, will provide higher quality audio with less latency (delay) in wireless streaming and multichannel connectivity with multiple Bluetooth accessories. All of this will be accomplished with Bluetooth LE Audio, the “next generation of Bluetooth audio”, available with Bluetooth 5.2. ReSound One and Oticon More are expected to eventually receive support for LE Audio.

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Auracast to Make Bluetooth More Versatile and Accessible

In June 2022, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the release of its new Auracast™ broadcast audio system which uses LE Audio. Auracast is designed to link Bluetooth hearing devices (including hearing aids, implants, earbuds, etc) to a public address system or other Auracast-enabled transmitter through your Bluetooth-compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer. So, if you’re attending a lecture or a play, an Auracast transmitter might notify your smartphone that streaming audio is available there. Then you’d use the Auracast Assistant on your phone to simply find and select that sound stream and have it paired with your Bluetooth hearing device.

Although Auracast is a brand new technology that may take some time for widespread implementation and use, it promises to expand Bluetooth’s usefulness to a much wider range of settings and situations, like airports, ticket booths, tours, personal song/audio sharing, and more.

The bottom line

As much as we love Bluetooth technology at Hearing Tracker, it is only one of many variables to consider when purchasing hearing devices. Remember, hearing aids need to function as hearing aids first and foremost, and a local hearing health professional can provide guidance on what hearing aid options may be appropriate for you (given your unique hearing needs).