If you’re still manually tinkering with the settings on your hearing aids, it’s time to consider connecting your hearing aids to your smartphone. When paired, your phone becomes a remote control, and the listening experience gets a serious upgrade (after all, you’re now streaming phone calls through your hearing aids).
Whether you’re searching for hearing aid compatible Android® phones or made-for-iPhone® hearing aids, consult this guide to better understand the hearing aid-smartphone landscape.
You likely can! Depending on your hearing aid model and smartphone’s operating system, there’s a good chance you can connect your hearing aids to your smartphone. With more than 85 percent of Americans owning a smartphone and the Federal Communications Commission requiring mobile phones to be compatible with hearing aids, hearing aid and mobile phone manufacturers are working to make their devices do more for people with hearing loss.
And that compatibility is a game-changer. From subtly adjusting hearing aid settings to improving phone conversations and music listening, pairing hearing aids with a smartphone elevates the experience for the user.
Take a look at the hearing aid market, and you’ll see a range of hearing aids: Some marketed specifically for iPhone and Android devices, a few that claim to be made for any phone, and others that tout Bluetooth® compatibility. To know for sure whether your hearing aids are compatible with your smartphone, it’s best to consult your hearing aid provider or the user manual that accompanied your hearing aid purchase.
With the Miracle-Ear™ App—found in the App Store—iPhone® users have a range of controls at their fingertips, including:
If you’re shopping for made-for-iPhone® hearing aids specifically, ask your hearing care provider about compatibility—they’ll be able to point you to the models that connect to your phone.
First, make sure you have the Miracle-Ear App downloaded on your iPhone®. Then follow these steps for connecting hearing aids to iPhone:
Miracle-Ear customers with hearing aids compatible with Android phones are fully in control of their audio experience when they download the Miracle-Ear™ App from Google Play.
Beyond adjusting volume, directionality and treble/bass, users can pinpoint the last location hearing aids were connected to the app, set custom programs for unique situations and track estimated hours of hearing aid use. Plus, scheduling and managing Miracle-Ear appointments are all doable in-app.
There are fewer models that pair with Android phones, so be sure to tell your hearing care provider that you want a compatible model.
So you have your Miracle-Ear hearing aids in your ear, the Miracle-Ear App downloaded on your phone, and now you’re wondering, “How do I connect my hearing aids to my Android®?” We’ve got you covered. Follow these five steps to get connected.
Determining how to choose a hearing aid compatible with your phone comes down to a handful of factors, including: