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How to pair hearing aids with tablets, computers & smartwatches

Last update on Apr, 05, 2023

Advancements in modern technology have made hearing aids grow more technologically advanced, adding numerous digital features that enhance your hearing experience. With similar advancements in personal usage and wearable technology, how can your hearing aids connect to these devices? First, it is important to note that not all hearing aids have this type of compatibility, Miracle-Ear hearing aids that do have this feature will be listed later in the article. Learn how you can pair your hearing aids to all types of tech tools to bring you a fully connected and convenient hearing experience. 

How to connect your hearing aids to a computer

A common piece of technology found in modern hearing aids is Bluetooth®, a wireless technology that allows short-range connection between two devices. When implemented in hearing aids, Bluetooth enables users to stream sound directly into their hearing aids as if they were wearing a set of headphones or earbuds. This means that by having hearing aids connect to computer or phone audio, hearing aid wearers can enjoy clearer phone calls and video chats free from distractions. Luckily, the procedure to connect hearing aids to computer audio is simple. Here is a step-by-step guide for how to connect hearing aids to laptop or personal computer audio.

  1. Set up your devices to pair: Make sure that Bluetooth capabilities are enabled on your hearing aids to broadcast a signal to your computer. To do this, restart your hearing aids and place them near your computer. 
  2. Prepare your computer to connect: Ensure that Bluetooth is ready for pairing on your computer by locating the Bluetooth menu on your device’s settings and making sure that it is turned on.
  3. Find your hearing aids on the device: As your hearing aids broadcast the signal that they are ready to pair, they should appear in your device’s Bluetooth menu. Select the hearing aids in the list of detected Bluetooth devices. 
  4. Enjoy paired audio: Once your hearing aids are selected from your device’s audio menu, wait for the two devices to connect. Pairing shouldn’t take much time, and there is usually a chime or tone to let you know that it’s happened . 

Remember that this procedure to connect a hearing aid to computer audio might change slightly depending on your specific hearing aid type, brand and model. Additionally, settings might look different on different tech devices, such as attempting to connect Bluetooth hearing aids to laptop audio compared to trying to connect Bluetooth hearing aids to PC desktop computers. Read your product’s user manuals for precise directions—if you don’t have the manual at hand, a quick Internet search of the product name plus “user manual” will generally turn up a digital version.

Need a guide to connect hearing aids to a laptop to a specific brand? Explore below to find a step-by-step procedure for Windows and iOS.

To connect hearing aids to MacBook audio: 

  1. Go to the Apple systems menu located in the upper left corner
  2. Choose “System Preferences” and then “Bluetooth”
  3. Turn on your MacBook’s Bluetooth capabilities to search for nearby devices 
  4. Reset your hearing aids to turn on Bluetooth capabilities
  5. When you see the name of your hearing aids on the MacBook’s device list, click on it to connect and select “Accept.” 
  6. Follow any on-screen instructions, if prompted, to complete the process. 

Keep in mind that the process for how to connect hearing aids to MacBook Air systems versus how to connect hearing aids to MacBook Pro settings might be slightly different depending on the year of the device and small changes in design

To connect Bluetooth hearing aids to Windows computers: 

  1. Click on Start and click to open computer Settings
  2. Choose Devices and click on Bluetooth 
  3. Turn on your computer’s Bluetooth and click on Add Devices 
  4. Reset your hearing aids to turn on Bluetooth capabilities
  5. Select your hearing aids from the list of available devices
  6. Follow on-screen instructions for any following steps

Similarly to MacBooks, there might be some small differences in the process to connect your hearing aids depending on the version of Windows installed on your computer. If you are experiencing challenges connecting your device, Microsoft offers online Windows 10 hearing aid support as well as Windows 11 hearing aid forums to find solutions. 

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How to connect your hearing aids to a smartwatch

While computers and other personal tech devices are easily connected to hearing aids, getting your smartwatch to work with hearing aids can vary depending on the type of device and its hearing aid compatibility. If you’re still shopping for a smartwatch, be sure to either ask a salesperson or do a specific Internet search to find a fully hearing aid-compatible smartwatch. 

Because hearing aids aren’t always completely compatible with these devices, there aren’t universal “best smartwatches for hearing aids.” However, the basic features of smartwatches must support some connectivity features that hearing aid wearers can use to their advantage. Depending on your smartwatch, your hearing aids could be used for different purposes: If the smartwatch has an A2DP profile, the hearing aid could be used to connect and listen to music. If the smartwatch offers an HFP profile, it could be connected for phone calls. If this is the case for your device, your hearing aid can be adjusted directly from your watch. 

While the technology is still evolving, there are ways to connect your smartwatch to your hearing aids. Explore instructions for pairing smartwatches for hearing aids usage.

To connect hearing aids to an Apple Watch: 

  1. Open Settings and select Bluetooth on your Apple Watch. 
  2. Restart your hearing aids to prepare to pair the hearing aid to the Apple Watch.
  3. Click on the name of the device in the list of detected devices to connect the Apple Watch to hearing aids.

Once your watch displays an Apple Watch/hearing aid connection, you can utilize all of the normal functions of the watch, but hear any related sounds directly through the hearing aids. Once you’ve completed the steps to pair hearing aids to your Apple Watch, you can even use your iPhone’s Apple Watch app to adjust the volume of your hearing aids, depending on your model of hearing aids. 

To set a smartwatch to work with hearing aids:  

  1. Click open the Settings app on your smartwatch
  2. Open Connected Devices and click Associate New Device 
  3. Reset your hearing aids to turn on Bluetooth capabilities
  4. Choose your hearing aids from the list of available devices when it appears 

If you have more than one hearing aid, you may need to connect each individual hearing aid on your smartwatch’s list of available devices to fully pair any smartwatches for hearing aids use. Remember that smartwatch-hearing aids compatibility, as well as the procedure to connect a smartwatch to hearing aids, will vary by device. As discussed above, not every smartwatch is a hearing aid compatible smartwatch, so review your type and model before connecting.

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How to connect your hearing aids to a tablet

Tablets are great for so many uses—from video calls to checking email to watching videos—and their larger size makes them easier for many people to use. Connecting hearing aids to a tablet can improve your listening experience, especially on calls and when streaming entertainment. To connect a tablet to hearing aids, follow these steps to set up a direct Bluetooth connection. How to connect hearing aids to tablets: 

  1. Go to your tablet’s settings and select Bluetooth
  2. Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your tablet 
  3. Restart your hearing aids to set them to pair 
  4. Select your hearing aids from the list of available devices 
  5. Wait for the devices to connect

Remember that this procedure may look slightly different depending on your device. Explore step-by-step instructions for how to connect your hearing aids to tablets like Apple iPads and Android tablets. 

To make an iPad-hearing aid connection: 

  1. Open your hearing aids’ battery compartment 
  2. Click on Bluetooth Settings on your iPad to make sure that Bluetooth is on
  3. In Settings, choose Accessibility and then Hearing Aids 
  4. Close your hearing aids’ battery compartment 
  5. When the device is displayed under detected devices as “MFi Devices,” select this option and follow any additional instructions on screen to pair the device

Remember that iPad-hearing aid compatibility and the process to connect may look slightly different depending on the type and model of both of your devices. If you’re wondering why your hearing aids won’t pair with an iPad, the first step you should always take is powering off and then restarting both devices. Once you’ve restarted, follow the steps above once again.

To pair hearing aids an Android tablet: 

  1. Open your device’s Settings 
  2. Reset your hearing aids to turn on Bluetooth capabilities
  3. Click on Connected Devices and choose Associate New Device
  4. Select your hearings on the list of detected devices 
  5. Wait a moment for the devices to pair

Keep in mind that the above process works best with an Android tablet running Windows versions 10.0 or later. The process might look different depending on your device and brand. In some cases, connecting a tablet to hearing aids might require downloading additional apps to adjust your devices

Miracle-Ear hearing aids with Bluetooth function

If you’re looking for hearing aids fitted with Bluetooth function, Miracle-Ear offers several models to meet your feature, function and design needs. Explore the family of Miracle-Ear Bluetooth hearing aids

Bluetooth RIC hearing aids

RIC Miracle-Ear Bluetooth hearing aids models include: 

These RIC hearing aids come with Bluetooth connectivity for listening to music, making phone calls and streaming TV or computer audio. This discreet design also offers personalized hearing and sound quality designed to meet your specific hearing needs. 

Bluetooth BTE hearing aids

BTE models include: 

Our BTE hearing aids offer an inconspicuous design to fit comfortably behind the ear and provide the individualized hearing support you need. As you begin your search for the right hearing aids to meet your needs, your hearing care professional can guide you in selecting a model that offers the hearing support you need while also including speciality features such as Bluetooth connectivity you want. 

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