When the iPhone originally launched, Apple had the ambition of owning 1.0% of the cell phone market share. In the ten years since they accomplished that goal, they’ve climbed up the cell phone ladder with blinding speed.
Fast forward to 2019, Apple now owns an enormous share of the cell phone market, with reports claiming that they take the lion’s share and then some, with an estimated 80% of all 2016’s smartphone profits going into Apple’s pockets.
With this absolutely gargantuan domination over the smartphone market, it’s only expected that other companies would try to attach themselves to Apple and eke out whatever profit they can. One such industry is the hearing aid industry.
If you’d like to learn everything there is to know about iPhone compatible hearing aids, then you could do a lot worse than using our free online form to arrange a free consultation with a hearing specialist near you.
What are iPhone compatible hearing aids?
Hopefully the phrase “iPhone compatible hearing aids” gives you a good idea of what this article is covering – they’re hearing aids that can work alongside Apple’s iPhones. But what are the ways that hearing aids can work with iPhones?
Obviously Bluetooth is not an exclusively Apple-related feature, but it’s definitely worth bringing up here. Bluetooth is a wireless connectivity function that allows one device to connect to another.
This could be a pair of headphones connecting to your computer, a car speaker connecting to your phone, or, in our case, hearing aids connecting to any Bluetooth capable device.
All iPhones are Bluetooth capable, so any hearing aids that have Bluetooth capabilities are, in a way, iPhone compatible.
But that rationale is a bit of a technicality – you’re here for hearing aids that are compatible with iPhones in a more intimate fashion. So let’s have a look at what other forms this compatibility might take.
Hearing aid iPhone apps
Remember Apple’s campaign from a while back, where every ad would conclude with “there’s an app for that?” Well they weren’t wrong – some hearing aids come bundled with iPhone apps that allow you to remotely adjust your hearing aids with your phone.
These adjustments can come in the form of volume or frequency, and depending on the brand of hearing aid, you might be able to do some other things too. Here are a couple of examples:
Newer Signia hearing aids may be able to pair with the Signia app. This app allows for loads of customization, like volume control, directional hearing, and various streaming options.
It also offers a consistent support line, through which you can talk to real people who can help you with any problems.
We stress that this is only capable with newer models, like the Signia Pure Charge&Go and if you want the full functionality of the app, you should make sure you get a model that supports it.
ReSound hearing aids
ReSound is one of the more technologically forward-thinking brands in the hearing aid world. Almost all of their brands on the market right now can be paired with their apps, allowing for easily customized listening experiences.
Even the most simple model they offer, the Enya, can be paired with an iPhone.
They do, however, offer a wide variety of apps, in contrast to the one-size-fits-all approach of Signia. This means you have to know what you want in a hearing aid/app combo before you commit to it.
Android compatibility with hearing aids
We’re sure the creators of Android would hate to hear that they’re just a section in a larger article about iPhones, but they don’t differ enough from iPhones to justify a new article, so we’ll touch on them here.
Truth be told, Android app compatibility barely differs at all from that of iPhones. All the apps we’ve mentioned so far are featured on both the Apple and Android stores, and the reviews are similar for both versions.
In fact, we haven’t found any apps that are available on one store and not the other, so if you can think of one, please let us know!
Compatibility without apps
But it’s not just apps! Apple has gone out of their way to accommodate hearing aids, not just through typical Bluetooth connection, but by specific system preferences that the user can apply to their hearing aid through their iPhone.
While this kind of accommodation may sound recent, this has actually been a part of the iPhone operating system since the iPhone 5!
For other specific made for iPhone hearing aids, here are some videos that showcase individual hearing aid models that work alongside iPhones.
The Beltone First is now available. At first glance they seem to be very similar to the Starkey HALO and Resound LiNX, but they do offer some variety.
Here's what Beltone has to say about this new tech:
“Beltone First hearing aids wirelessly communicate with each other to customize sound as your surroundings change. By prioritizing speech, it's easy to hear the conversation, even in noisy places. Enjoy seamless transitions as you move from quiet to loud environments. It's all hands-free.”
Oticon's first Made for iPhone hearing aid – Oticon Opn hearing aid is the first ever dual-wireless hearing aid, called Twinlink technology.
It’s very rare nowadays to find someone who owns a phone that isn’t a smartphone, so it’s fitting that hearing aids are starting to adapt and incorporate these devices into their everyday features.
If you’d like to learn more about specific hearing aids that offer smartphone compatibility, no one will know more than a hearing specialist. If you use our quick and free online form, you’ll be able to arrange an appointment where you can talk to one such specialist.