The Complete Guide to Using Hearing Aids with Apple Watch

Since the Apple Watch release, many wearers are searching for the best apps to use with the new gadget.

But for hearing aid wearers, there is only one app of the over 3,000 supported Apple Watch apps that they care about.

It's the Apple Watch app that will allow them to seamlessly control their hearing aids, and there are currently 4 hearing aid manufacturers that support this kind of app: ReSound, Starkey, Oticon and Widex.

ReSound

The ReSound Apple Watch hearing aid app is called the Smart App and it's free to download in the iTunes Store.

The Smart App works with the Apple Watch as well as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It can be used to adjust volume, balance sound bass and treble, choose programs, set personalized settings for individual listening environments, find misplaced hearing aid, stream phone and audio, and make adjustments for comfort in difficult environments such as wind or noise.

The ReSound Smart App is currently compatible with the ReSound LiNX, LiNX2, LiNX TS, and ENZO hearing aids. ReSound offers the largest range of “Smart Hearing aid” styles, from custom style hearing aids  to BTE style hearing aids.

Starkey

The Starkey Apple Watch hearing aid app is called TruLink and it's free to download in the iTunes Store.

The TruLink App works with the Apple Watch as well as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It can be used to stream phone calls, music, and other media directly to your hearing aids, adjust sound settings in different environments, change programs, set personalized programs based off “geotagging”, adjust volume, and find misplaced hearing aids.

Starkey's Made for iPhone hearing aid is called the Halo and Halo 2 and is currently available in a RIC and BTE style.

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Oticon


The Oticon Opn hearing aid works with Oticon's brand new app called Oticon ON. It's free to download in the iTunes Store.

The Oticon ON app can work with the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. It can be used to stream phone calls, media, and all audio media directly to the hearing aids. Using the app, you can also adjust volume and program settings of the hearing aids, find lost hearing aids, check battery life, access the digital users guide, and connect to the IFTTT network to connect your hearing aids to over 300 other wireless devices, making the Opn the first internet-connected hearing aid.

Oticon's Made for iPhone hearing aid, the Opn, is currently available in a RIC style with 4 speaker strengths for different degrees of hearing loss, and 3 technology levels (Opn 1, Opn 2, and Opn 3) for different budget options.

Widex


The Widex Beyond hearing aid works with Widex's brand new app called Widex BEYOND. It's free to download in the iTunes Store.

The Widex BEYOND app can work with the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. It can be used to stream phone calls, media, and all audio media directly to the hearing aids. Using the app, you can also adjust volume and program settings of the hearing aids, find lost hearing aids, check battery life, select directionality of microphones, and adjust sound clarity.

The Widex BEYOND Made for iPhone hearing aid comes in a RIC style with 4 speaker strengths for different degrees of hearing loss, as well as 3 different technology levels (440, 330, and 220), for different budget options.

Take more control of your hearing aid

These Apple Watch hearing aid apps can empower hearing aid wearers to take more control of their listening experience. They get seamless and discreet control of their hearing aids right from their wrist…no need for any additional accessories or remotes.

But, you can't just put on any pair of hearing aids and control them with the Apple Watch app. They must be the Made for iPhone hearing aids specific to each company.

The cost of the hearing aids does not include the Apple Watch, which can be purchased separately here.

These hearing aids can be prescribed by a hearing healthcare provider that uses these specific brands. To find a hearing healthcare provider near you, fill out our quick form.

Note: We've received lots of emails about non-hearing aid related issues with the Apple Watch. If you happen to be one of those people check out this post that talks about the common complications and solutions to them.

Lindsey Banks is a graduate of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at the University of Florida. She uses her diverse experience in hearing healthcare and her passion for helping people to provide credible information to those with hearing loss who visit Clear Living.

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  • Barbara Bergen
    i purchased Rexton M-Core SR hearing aids from Costco in September. I am able to link them to my iphone X and mini ipad 5. No one is able to explain to me how I can link them to my Iwatch 5 . I' ve downloaded the Rexton app to my iphone and ipad. How do I link them to my iwatch5?
    • Lindsey Banks Au.D
      You can not link them directly to your watch for streaming, this capability is not available yet. However, you should see the Rexton app icon on your Apple watch to control the hearing aids from your watch.
  • BRIAN CHASE
    SIMPLE QUESTION CAN I CONNECT MY OTICON HEARING AIDS TO A NEW APPLE IWACH 6 AND NOT HAVE MY PHONE ANYWHERE NEAR AND HEAR THE CALL THRU THE AIDS
    • Lindsey Banks Au.D
      No this feature does not work yet.
  • M K Bhasi
    Tell me how to buy a connecting clip.
    • Lindsey Banks
      You have to buy this through your hearing aid provider.
  • Paula
    I have the Widex CROS hearing aids and the Com-Dex accessory so I can hear calls so much better. Just wondering if there is anyway that I can connect my Com-Dex to my apple 5 watch?
    • Lindsey Banks
      It doesn't appear that the Apple Watch can connect to the Com-Dex. Here is a list from Widex of the compatible devices: https://global.widex.com/en/support/com-dex
  • Stephan
    Kirkland 9.0 hearing aids have app for IPhone, love it. Would love same capability with my new IWatch 5. Anyone have luck connecting directly to IWatch with Kirkland 9.0 hearing aids? Would love to go for a run and leave my phone at home and be able to stream music on my IWatch 5 directly to my hearing aids.
    • Lindsey Banks
      Unfortunately the Kirkland 9.0 aids (or any current hearing aids_ will not stream directly from an Apple Watch to the hearing aids.