How to Connect Your Hearing Aid Bluetooth to Your Smartphone
Hearing aids were once very limited in their capabilities. For example, a hearing aid user didn’t have the freedom to access multiple personal devices such as mobile phones and music players whilst using their hearing aids. Nowadays, we can hardly imagine life without this type of connectivity.
Luckily, today’s technological advancements have allowed hearing aids users to pair devices with various smartphones, including Apple iPhones and several Android handsets.
If this is all still new to you, don’t worry – we’ll break down how you too can use Bluetooth to connect your hearing aids to (almost any) device you choose.
No matter whether you’re an experienced hearing aid wearer or recently purchased your first pair, EarDeals is here to take you through the steps, so you get back to living your life with the best quality audio.
|Bluetooth Hearing Aids use a wireless communication technology that transfers data from point A to point B. It uses high-frequency radio waves that are safe for humans and animals and don’t cause interference.|
Note: While a growing number of Bluetooth capable hearing aids are made to be used with any smartphone, there are still a few hearing devices that are only compatible with a designated brand of smartphones.
These will often say either “Made for iPhone” or “Made for Android”. Be wary of that when purchasing a new hearing aid or smartphone.
Connecting Your Hearing Aids to Your Android Device Or iPhone
Turn on your Bluetooth
To connect your hearing aids to a smartphone, you first have to ensure that both your hearing aid’s and phone’s Bluetooth are on.
Your hearing aid’s Bluetooth should be on by default. If you’re unsure, turn them off and on again.
On your iPhone or Android phone, locate your phone’s ‘Settings’ menu, find ‘Bluetooth’ near the top of the menu, and then turn it on.
Turning on Bluetooth on your iPhone:
The next step is pairing your hearing aids!
Are you pairing with an iPhone? Continue with point 2.
Are you pairing to Android instead? Skip ahead to point 3.
2. Pair your hearing device with an Apple smartphone
Apple has patented specific Bluetooth connectivity with hearing aids so that certain hearing aids can communicate directly with the iOS platform that runs iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
This technology is designed to allow the devices direct connection without extreme stress on battery power.
Most hearing aid manufacturers have released hearing aids that implement this Bluetooth technology, marketed as “Made for iPhone”.
Visit Apple’s website for a current listing of specific hearing aids compatible with the iOS platform.
Pairing “Made for iPhone” hearings aids
- Once you have turned on Bluetooth on your iPhone, return to the ‘Settings’ menu and locate ‘Accessibility’.
- Scroll about halfway down that menu, and you will find a tap called ‘Hearing Devices’.
- Select it, and you should now see your hearing aids listed there under MFI hearing devices.
- Select your hearing aid to pair, which can take as long as 60 seconds.
- Once pairing is complete, you will hear a series of beeps; then a checkmark will appear next to the hearing device.
If you have a “Made for iPhone” hearing aid, you can now quickly make hearing aid adjustments within the Apple Hearing Controls in the Control Center – no need to download a separate app.
Pairing other Bluetooth hearing aids with your iPhone
More and more hearing aids are now “Made for Any Phone”.
If your hearing aid isn’t on Apple’s “Made for iPhone” list, fear not. You can still connect your hearing aids and iPhone by doing the following after turning on Bluetooth:
- Once you have turned on Bluetooth on your iPhone, select your hearing aid from the dropdown menu appearing below.
- A pop-up box will appear to let you know whether the connection was successful or not.
- In the best-case scenario, you were successful, and to the right side of the hearing device, it says “Connected”. In that case, the hearing aid is now paired.
- If the attempt fails, turn the hearing aid off and on, then try again.
- If you have two hearing aids, you will have to do this step twice.
Usually, you then have to download the manufacturer’s smartphone app to control your hearing aids via your mobile phone.
3. Pair your hearing device with an Android smartphone
No iPhone? No problem!
- Once you’ve turned on Bluetooth, your phone will start looking for other Bluetooth-enabled devices to connect to.
- After a few seconds, your hearing aid will be picked up by your android phone.
- If your hearing aids don’t pop up within a few seconds, you may need to turn them off and on again.
- Once your hearing aids appear in the list and you can select them, they will connect – which takes 30 seconds or less.
- If this fails, start from the top!
Hearing Aid Connection Brochures
We have brochures to help you connect to the specific hearing aids that we sell here at EarDeals:
- Phonak Hearing Aids
- Phonak Paradise Hearing Aid
- Phonak Virto Hearing Aid
- Resound Hearing Aid
- Signia Hearing Aid
- Unitron Hearing Aid Moxi B 312
- Unitron Hearing Aid Moxi B-R, B-RT
- Unitron Hearing Aid Moxi Fit
- Unitron Hearing Aid Moxi
- Unitron Hearing Aid Stride M
- Unitron Hearing Aid Stride P R
What to do when your hearing aid doesn’t connect
Don’t fret if you don’t have an iPhone or Android device or struggle to pair your smartphone. There are ways of connecting your devices to your hearing aid still.
This is done through streamers – small, wireless devices that clip to your collar or hang from your neck. A streamer links your mobile phone to your hearing aid, so it’s helpful if your hearing aids aren’t ‘Made for iPhone’ or ‘Made for Android’.
Each hearing aid manufacturer will have their own version of this popular accessory, so check in with yours if you are unsure!
Connecting these devices is often even easier than the above process and can be found in the streamer’s instructions.
Do you still have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the team at EarDeals to set you up for hearing success! We’re here for you when you need us!