(Last updated Mar 5, 2019)

Hearing Aids That Work With Android Phones

In 2014, an entirely new category of hearing aids came on the scene, called “Made for iPhone” hearing aids. These hearing aids allowed users to stream audio from iPhones and other Apple devices directly to their hearing aids.

Since 2014, this has been an enormously popular hearing aid feature, and all major hearing aid manufacturers are now building hearing aids which are directly compatible with Apple devices for wireless streaming (and a host of other features).

Up until recently, the only way you could stream audio to your hearing aids from your non-Apple products, was by purchasing a Bluetooth® streaming device or “pairing device” which would then sync your hearing aids to your phone. While this solution works well, it does require an additional piece of hardware that most folks don’t want.

Luckily, in the last few years, hearing aid manufacturers have started to release hearing aids that could pair directly with Android phones (and all the other phones on the market) but those hearing aids didn’t offer binaural streaming of audio (into both ears), like headphones, and like Made for iPhone hearing aids could.

However, at the end of 2018, a new hearing aid was released by Phonak, called the Marvel, and this is the first hearing aid to pair directly to Android devices (and all other Bluetooth devices on the market), while also allowing for binaural streaming of audio.

The Phonak Marvel is currently the “go-to” hearing aid for folks wanting direct streaming with the widest selection of devices, and it’s been an incredibly popular hearing aid due to this feature.

You can see a brief overview of the Phonak Marvel hearing aids below:

Aside from direct audio streaming, you can also use your phone to remotely control the hearing aids, and adjust the volume and program, and a few other minor features.

Not sure direct streaming is for you? No worries! You can still use the hearing aids as you normally would, and your hearing provider can program the hearing aids to improve clarity on phone calls through a number of different settings, so you don’t have to stream phone calls, but we think it’s very cool!

Jeff Hall Jeff Hall Jeff is a California licensed hearing aid dispenser and the President of ZipHearing- one of the largest discount hearing aid suppliers in the United States. Jeff lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and young daughter. You can learn more about hearing aids and watch Jeff on ZipHearing's Youtube channel.

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