The 5 Best Bluetooth Hearing Aids Of 2022

Updated: Aug 08, 2022
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I’m sure you’ve heard of a little functionality called Bluetooth. It allows you to pair digital devices so they can control each other wirelessly. Bluetooth hearing aids are no different. They provide the same benefits as traditional hearing aids but with enhanced audio streaming, helping people with hearing loss enjoy clearer sound. 

When paired with other devices like your phone, vehicle, computer, or TV, you’ll receive sound directly into your hearing aid earbuds, reducing problems with background noise and feedback. You can use paired hearing aids to take phone calls hands-free, listen to music and podcasts, and control volume and programming through apps on your smartphone.

How do you decide the best Bluetooth hearing aid for you? I’ve researched a wide variety of brands and models to find the top hearing aids with Bluetooth connectivity technology. Read my reviews on which models earned a top spot on my list.

How Do Bluetooth Hearing Aids Work?

Bluetooth hearing aids have built-in Bluetooth technology that connects with a smartphone, tablet, or streamer. This connection allows direct audio streaming, which means you can take hands-free phone calls directly from your hearing aids and listen to other audio from your phone. You may even stream sound from your TV, computer, and audio player directly to your hearing aids. 

Hearing aids provide various options of Bluetooth connectivity depending on your device. Those are:

Universal Bluetooth Streaming

A device with universal Bluetooth streaming will be able to connect to any device that supports Bluetooth. This type of connectivity allows for streaming as well as hands-free calling and total volume control.

Made-for-iPhone (MFi)

Devices with made-for-iPhone (MFi) protocols will be able to connect exclusively to iOS devices. MFi devices now allow hands-free calling and audio streaming.

Android (ASHA)

Devices besides iPhones will use ASHA protocols, or Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids. Android smartphones and other devices use ASHA to connect to hearing aids.

Streamer (Assistive Listening Device)

Sometimes, the device you want to connect your hearing aids to won’t have Bluetooth connectivity. If that’s the case, you can buy a hearing aid streamer, which is an additional accessory that plugs into your device and makes Bluetooth connection to your hearing aid possible. 

Streamers are assistive listening devices, and most hearing aid companies offer hearing aid streamers for purchase. These streamers are popular with consumers and are often the most frequently purchased accessory.

Non-Streaming

Some devices can pair by Bluetooth to control volume and programming, but won’t be able to stream audio or phone calls into your hearing aids. 


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5 Best Bluetooth Hearing Aids

How We Made Our Picks

We determined our top picks based on the following criteria:

  • Price
  • Audiologist care
  • Warranty
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Special features
  • Comfort and fit
  • Reliability

Read our full methodology for how we rate hearing aids.

  • Cost: $1,195-$1,995/pair
  • Type of Hearing Aid: Receiver-in-the-ear (RIE)
  • Type of Hearing Loss: Mild to moderately severe
  • Bluetooth Capabilities: MFi, Android, hands-free calling, direct audio streaming, accessory support

Lively creates some of the most affordable high-end Bluetooth hearing aids. At $1,595/pair for rechargeable hearing aids—Lively 2 Plus—and $1,195/pair for traditional battery hearing aids—Lively 2 Lite—Lively is an excellent choice for budget shoppers wanting direct audio streaming.

You can connect directly to most Apple and Android devices with two simultaneous connections. You can also purchase the TV Streamer accessory to connect to your computer, stereo, TV, or other audio devices. And, if you go with the rechargeable model, one charge yields 30 hours of sound, which is longer than most other brands (with average charging times of around 24 hours).

Owned by GN ReSound, a company with decades of reliable hearing aid experience, Lively hearing aids are very similar to ReSound hearing aids, just with different branding. Lively has a direct-to-consumer model, so you do everything remotely. To get started, you’ll submit a recent audiogram or take an online hearing test.

Experts at Lively use your results to program new hearing aids, which you should receive in just a few business days. Once they arrive, you’ll have a video call with a hearing specialist for fitting and for help learning how to use and maintain your Lively hearing aids.

Lively’s trial period and warranty are much longer than most of its competitors. You have 100 days to try out your hearing aids risk-free, and then three years of warranty coverage for defects, loss, and damage. Most hearing aid brands charge a monthly fee for warranties that cover hearing aid loss.

See our full Lively Hearing Aid Review.

  • Cost: $1,899.98 (usually on sale for $699.98)
  • Type of Hearing Aid: Behind-the-ear
  • Type of Hearing Loss: Mild to moderately severe
  • Bluetooth Capabilities: Non-streaming

MDHearing is one of the most affordable hearing aid companies, but don’t expect many frills. The VOLT MAX hearing aid is Bluetooth-compatible, allowing you to personalize your hearing aids within the MDHearing app for tablets and smartphones. When you receive your hearing aids, you create a personal profile for each ear. You can then use the app to adjust the volume, select different environment settings, and monitor battery life.

However, unlike most Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, you can’t stream audio to the VOLT MAX. This means that the Bluetooth capabilities of the VOLT MAX are only for remote hearing aid control and personalization, not for accepting phone calls, listening to music, or connecting directly to your stereo or television. So, if you want a more advanced hearing aid, MDHeadingAid may not be the right pick. There’s also no rechargeable option and only one simultaneous Bluetooth connection.

Dr. Magann Faivre, our medical reviewer, told us, “MDHearing is owned by Intricon. It’s a reliable manufacturer and its device don’t have a lot of frills, but they’re of good quality. Intricon also supplies internal hearing aid parts for many other major manufacturers.”

Additionally, MDHearing products don’t come with a very extensive warranty. You have 90-day coverage for defects, but if you want longer coverage for damage protection, you’ll need to pay $14.99/month for the MDShield Protection Plan. Although the warranty isn’t generous, the 45-day risk-free trial is, and you receive lifetime support. Plus, the VOLT MAX hearing aids are often steeply discounted, making them a great deal.

See our full MDHearing Hearing Aid Review.

  • Cost: $1,698/pair or $118/month
  • Type of Hearing Aid: Receiver-in-canal
  • Type of Hearing Loss: Mild to moderately severe
  • Bluetooth Capabilities: MFi, Android, hands-free calling, direct audio streaming, accessory support

Audicus is a direct-to-consumer brand that offers a unique monthly membership option. Rather than pay upfront for your hearing aids or use financing to buy them, the Audicus membership is an all-inclusive hearing aid rental program. When you opt for the monthly plan with Audicus Wave Bluetooth hearing aids, you pay $59/hearing aid per month for traditional batteries or $69/hearing aid for rechargeable batteries.

After a $100 set-up fee, you receive your Wave hearing aids with Audicus Protect and Care plans. With Care, Audicus mails you everything you need to care for your hearing aids, including batteries, earwax guards, domes, wipes, and more. And Protect covers repairs, cleaning services, and one loss replacement every 24 months. Additionally, with this plan, you receive a new pair of hearing aids with two simultaneous connections every 18 months. That’s a generous timeframe since most hearing aid changes happen about every three years.

What we love about the monthly subscription plan is that you can cancel at any time, allowing you to try out hearing aids for a longer period with little financial risk. The plan saves you money by bundling everything together, although you pay less if you buy your hearing aids upfront and don’t add the Care or Protect coverage. Whether you choose to try the monthly plan or pay outright, Audicus offers a 45-day risk-free trial.

See our full Audicus Hearing Aid Review.

  • Cost: $2,800–$7,500/pair (MSRP)
  • Type of Hearing Aid: Invisible-in-the-canal, completely-in-the-canal, in-the-canal, in-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, or behind-the-ear
  • Type of Hearing Loss: Mild to profound
  • Bluetooth Capabilities: MFi, Android, hands-free calling, direct audio streaming, accessory support

The Starkey Evolv AI uses artificial intelligence to bring unique features to anyone looking for a cutting-edge hearing aid. These features include automatic language translation, fall detection, phone locator, advanced tinnitus relief, mask mode, and activity tracking. The Evolv AI automatically adapts to different environments and saves geotag memories for places you frequently visit, like a coffee shop or office. It has two simultaneous Bluetooth connections.

The Starkey Evolv AI comes with two apps, one designed for the user and the other for caregivers. The Thrive Hearing Control app allows you to adjust your settings and volume, schedule medication and appointment reminders, and work with an expert to make remote adjustments. And, if you want help from a caregiver or family member, the Thrive Care app gives your approved contact access to things like your hearing aid usage and activity level.

Our medical reviewer, Dr. Magann Faivre, had this to say about the Thrive Care app:

“I have a lot of patients whose kids use this app, primarily to detect when their parent falls or to ensure they’re wearing the hearing aids. Even though many of these patients also wear a life alert necklace, living facility staff sometimes aren’t quick to respond to those. The Thrive Care app allows the family to call a facility immediately upon a fall.

“Also, a patient may think they’re wearing their hearing aids, but doesn’t have them turned on or charged. The app is also helpful for family to see and troubleshoot. To my knowledge, Starkey is the only company that offers this. It’s so useful for my patients.

With four technology levels and various hearing aid styles, the Evolving AI works for people with mild to profound hearing loss. There are both traditional and rechargeable battery versions, with the rechargeable hearing aids lasting up to 24 hours per charge. The custom rechargeable models are one of the only custom hearing aids with rechargeable batteries, and they’re very popular with people ages 70 and up.

Starkey doesn’t sell its products directly, so you’ll need to visit a hearing aid center that carries Starkey products. And with such advanced technology and options that suit most adults, these hearing aids are on the more expensive side. The exact price varies depending upon the tech level you choose and where you buy your hearing aids.

See our full Starkey Hearing Aid Review.

  • Cost: $2,500–$7,000/pair
  • Type of Hearing Aid: Receiver-in-canal, behind-the-ear
  • Type of Hearing Loss: Mild to profound
  • Bluetooth Capabilities: MFi, ASHA, hands-free calling, direct audio streaming, accessory support

Oticon’s proprietary BrainHearing technology helps improve speech understanding. By training a chip to 12 million real-life sounds, Oticon created a hearing aid that supports the way our brains process sound. And to further improve conversational hearing, Oticon added a microphone to the ConnectClip that you can give to others when you visit. (Other major manufacturers like Starkey have this remote microphone option as an accessory.) You can also use the ConnectClip on your laptop for enhanced audio streaming. These technologies greatly enhance Oticon’s background noise capabilities. They have two simultaneous Bluetooth connections.

Another unique feature of Oticon hearing aids is that they can pair with other smart devices via the Oticon On app. So if you have things like a smart doorbell or washing machine, you can receive an alert when someone comes to the door or when your clothes are ready. The same app can notify you when your hearing aid batteries are low.

Oticon doesn’t sell its hearing aids directly, so you must contact an authorized Oticon hearing clinic if you want to try the More hearing aids. The third-party retailer sets the price, warranty, and trial period, so these vary depending upon where you buy your Oticon hearing aids.

See our full Oticon Hearing Aid Review.

Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Bluetooth hearing aids offer a variety of benefits that vary by company and model. Here are some things you can do with Bluetooth hearing aids that you can’t do with normal hearing aids.

  • Take phone or video calls: You can accept calls directly to your hearing aids when connected to your smartphone, allowing you to hear more clearly than when holding the phone up to your ear.
  • Remote hearing aid control: Using a smartphone app, you can adjust the volume, change your settings, or even locate your hearing aids.
  • Update hearing aids at home: Many Bluetooth hearing aid companies provide remote tests and programming if you feel like your hearing has changed. You may work with an audiologist or take a hearing test through the app and have quicker hearing aid updates.
  • Listen to music or TV: Stream audio directly to your hearing aids so you can hear music and television more clearly.
  • Use a mic for enhanced speech clarity: With a Bluetooth mic that you can put on a table or hand to a friend, you can more clearly hear speech by having it fed to your hearing aids.

Comparing the Best Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Cost (Per Pair)
Lively$1,195-$1,995
MDHearing VOLT MAX$1,899.98 (usually on sale for $699.98)
Audicus Wave$1,698/pair or $118/month
Starkey Evolv AI$2,800–$7,500
Oticon More$2,500–$7,000
Type Of Hearing Aid
LivelyReceiver-in-the-ear
MDHearing VOLT MAXBehind-the-ear
Audicus WaveReceiver-in-canal
Starkey Evolv AIInvisible-in-the-canal, completely-in-the-canal, in-the-canal, in-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, or behind-the-ear
Oticon MoreReceiver-in-canal, behind-the-ear (other models include all styles)
Type Of Hearing Loss
LivelyMild to moderately severe
MDHearing VOLT MAXMild to moderately severe
Audicus WaveMild to moderately severe
Starkey Evolv AIMild to profound
Oticon MoreMild to profound
Rechargeable?
LivelyYes, or traditional battery
MDHearing VOLT MAXYes
Audicus WaveYes, or traditional battery
Starkey Evolv AIYes, or traditional battery
Oticon MoreYes, or traditional battery
Works with iPhone?
LivelyYes
MDHearing VOLT MAXYes
Audicus WaveYes
Starkey Evolv AIYes
Oticon MoreYes
Trial Period
Lively100 days
MDHearing VOLT MAX45 days
Audicus Wave45 days
Starkey Evolv AIVaries by dealer
Oticon MoreVaries by dealer
Warranty
Lively3 years
MDHearing VOLT MAX90 days
Audicus Wave1 year
Starkey Evolv AIUp to 3 years
Oticon MoreUp to 3 years
Financing
LivelyAvailable through Bread
MDHearing VOLT MAXAvailable through Affirm
Audicus WaveAvailable through Affirm or monthly lease
Starkey Evolv AIAvailable through dealer
Oticon MoreAvailable through dealer
Available over-the-counter (OTC?)
LivelyYes
MDHearing VOLT MAXYes
Audicus WaveYes
Starkey Evolv AINo
Oticon MoreNo

How Much Do Bluetooth Hearing Aids Cost?

Bluetooth hearing aids cost around $1,000–$7,500 per pair. Online brands that sell directly to you are typically on the lower end of this spectrum. In contrast, leading brands that are only available through third-party hearing professionals are usually on the pricier side.

Generally, the least expensive models have fewer features than those that cost more. Dr. Magann Faivre also told us that the more varied your listening environments, the more likely you’ll want to spend more on higher tech levels.

Alternatives to Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Many hearing aids have telecoil technology, also known as a T-coil, a form of wireless technology that’s been around for decades. With the T-coil, sound feeds directly to your hearing aids in public venues with a loop system—including many churches, movie theaters, and auditoriums. You can also use T-coil settings to hear more clearly on cellphone and landline phone calls and on your TV when using a transmitter and neck loop.

Compared to Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, those with T-coils are usually more affordable. Plus, T-coils are better suited for public venues than Bluetooth hearing aids. But Bluetooth technology makes listening to streaming audio from your smartphone or TV simple, and some companies are slowly moving away from T-coils and toward Bluetooth connectivity.

The good news? There are hearing aids equipped with both Bluetooth and T-coils. If you’re not sure which you should choose (or if you should opt for both), speak with a hearing professional. The right choice depends upon your level of hearing loss, budget, and lifestyle.

Dr. Magann Faivre said, “T-coils and hearing loops have amazing sound quality and are typically easy to use, even for the not-so-tech-savvy patient. There’s no comparison for sound quality using them when in a large room or auditorium.” She also mentioned over-the-counter sound amplifiers as an alternative to Bluetooth hearing aids. “They provide gain for hearing losses, perform a hearing test of sorts through their apps, and have Bluetooth capabilities.” There are many styles of wear, and cost can be as low as a few hundred dollars. They are usually rechargeable, but charges only last up to a few hours.

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Bluetooth Hearing Aid

Bluetooth hearing aids come with advanced tech and streaming capabilities. But they’re usually pricier, making it essential to find the best fit so you don’t have to buy a second pair after only a year or two. Here’s what you need to consider when deciding between Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid brands and models.

Buying In Person Vs. Online

Direct-to-consumer companies like Lively, Audicus, and MDHearing are typically more affordable than in-person brands like Oticon and Starkey. By cutting out third-party retailer costs, online brands can pass some of the savings onto customers.

According to audiologist Brad Ingrao, “There are 17 million older adults in the U.S. with hearing loss, but not using hearing aids. The biggest reason: cost!” (Our medical reviewer said she believes hearing aid stigma is equally at fault.) By providing a high-end product at a fraction of the price, online companies allow more people to afford hearing aids who couldn’t afford normally do so.

“Nonetheless, face-to-face evaluation with an audiologist improves the opportunity for the best hearing aid fit, as well as an accurate diagnosis,” explains Jim Dan, MD, a geriatric clinical advisor and member of the Senior Helpers Board of Directors.

For individuals with severe or profound hearing loss or those whose hearing loss may be due to an underlying medical condition, an in-person audiologist appointment is important for proper treatment and optimized hearing aids.

Consider The Features

Another differentiating factor between brands? “There is a dizzying array of rapidly evolving features in Bluetooth technology,” says Dr. Dan. “The traditional brands are at the forefront and these brands are available only through audiologists.”

So if you want the most advanced hearing aids, you may need to shop in person and consider the leading brands, including Oticon and Starkey. These companies offer unique features like fall detection, compatibility with smart home devices, and automatic language translation.

But know that the more advanced a hearing aid, the more expensive it’s going to be. So, if you simply want a hearing aid that you can program remotely, make adjustments to on your phone, or easily accept calls from your smartphone, more affordable brands like Lively may deliver what you need at a lower price point.

We recommend speaking with a brand representative or visiting your audiologist to be sure that you understand what a hearing aid model does and doesn’t offer. For instance, MDHearing’s VOLT MAX is Bluetooth-compatible but doesn’t facilitate audio streaming. And don’t be afraid to take advantage of the risk-free trial periods that come with most Bluetooth hearing aids.

Why Trust Our Expert Review?

Our experts independently research and recommend products we believe provide value in the lives of our readers. We’ve spent collectively more than 5,000 hours conducting in-depth research on hearing aids. Throughout this process, we did the following:

  • Engaged in ongoing independent research
  • Consulted with independent audiologists
  • Consulted with geriatric care experts
  • Mystery shopped the brands
  • Surveyed hundreds of hearing aid users
  • Tested various models of hearing aids
  • Interviewed experts in the field
  • Read thousands of verified customer reviews from trusted third parties such as Better Business Bureau and Consumer Reports

Bottom Line

Bluetooth hearing aids boast technology that wirelessly connects your hearing aids to other Bluetooth devices, but that’s where the similarity between devices ends. While all of these hearing aids connect to an app, other features—including audio streaming, hearing loss suitability, price, and more—vary, making various brands and models better for different individuals.

If you’re on a tight budget and simply want an app that makes it easy to control your hearing aids from wherever you are, you may want to go with MDHearing VOLT MAX. You can’t stream calls or music from your smartphone or connect to your TV, but with frequent sales, you could pay just $1,000/pair.

One step up are the direct-to-consumer brands Lively and Audicus. Lively offers competitive prices for hearing aids that connect to your Apple or Android phone for sound and call streaming. In addition, its trial period and warranty are longer than most brands, and it offers a warranty that covers hearing aid loss. Audicus has similar Bluetooth connectivity capabilities, but a unique monthly lease plan includes everything you could need for a reasonable monthly fee.

However, if you want something more advanced, you should consider Oticon More or Starkey Evolv AI. These leading brands are only available through third-party hearing professionals, so you’ll need to take an in-person hearing test. Although they’re more expensive, the in-person experience is better for fit, and these brands lead the way in technological innovations.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you want an easy-to-use hearing aid that allows streaming from devices like your cellphone and TV, Bluetooth hearing aids are an excellent option. The most advanced hearing aids typically include Bluetooth connection, making them great for people who want lots of features and who are okay with spending more for them. But know that you can still enjoy wireless listening in some public areas and from certain phones and TVs from hearing aids with telecoil technology, which is typically less expensive.

WRITTEN BY

Annie Keller is a freelance medical writer in Lowell, Mass. She has worked for a variety of medical publications and organizations. She has written about chronic illness, medical technology and devices, medical issues in the news, skin treatments, sports medicine, and many different conditions.

MEDICALLY REVIEWED BY

Dr. Magann Faivre is an audiologist with a passion for being active in audiology organizations, particularly concerning advocacy, patients’ rights issues, and teaching student leadership. She intimately grew up around hearing loss and empathizes with patients when discussing their hearing journey. She is dedicated to creating a positive and integrative hearing healthcare experience so patients leave informed and confident. Dr. Magann Faivre currently serves on The Audiology Project’s Board of Directors and on Northern Illinois University’s Advisory Board. She is a longstanding fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and Academy of Doctors of Audiology.