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Made for Android Compatible Hearing Aids

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Bluetooth Hearing Aids for Android

Published on 13/07/2020

 What are Made for Android hearing aids?

Before the Android 10, Android developers were having a bit of a problem.  They hadn't invested enough time to research, develop and launch hearing aid integration.  Android displayed similar features to that of the Made for iPhone hearing aids - but had always needed a streamer, whilst Apple was a direct connection. 

Not got an Android phone?

Over the last few years, Google has been dedicated to making Android more accessible to the hearing impaired.  The company launched an app called Sound Amplifier - turning your Android smartphone into a hearing aid.

The downside to the Android 10, is that it can only be compatible with hearing aids and mobiles from 2019 when this was launched.  However, this new Android development meant that people with hearing loss and this type of smartphone could now stream music, calls and other audio directly from their Google device.

 What are the prices of Made for Android hearing aids?

All Bluetooth hearing aids are increasing in popularity and becoming more widespread because of this.  The good news is that due to the rise of demand - Bluetooth hearing aids prices have dropped and now only a fraction more expensive than traditional devices. 

What brands do Made for Android hearing aids?

In 2019 both Resound and Starkey showed innovation by launching Made for Android hearing aids using low energy Bluetooth technology.  With the streaming done using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), so both hearing aids and phone can have enough battery power to get through an entire day.

However, this was only successful on recent Android phones operating with the Android 10 platform - back then it was only Google Pixel 3 and 4 that were compatible, but more and more are becoming available for compatibility.  The current Made for Android  (and iPhone) hearing aids are Starkey Livio, Phonak Marvel, Unitron Discover and Resound Quattro.

Made for Android hearing aid review

The Made for Android hearing aids sector of the market is developing rapidly, so we are sure to see a few more Apple/Android compatible Bluetooth hearing aids in the near future.  However, it is important to remember that some Android-compatible hearing aids are unable to stream podcasts, music and movie content, unlike the hearing aids that connect to Apple’s iPhone.

Pairing hearing aids with Android

As all hearing aid makes and models have different requirements, apps and features - once you have decided on an Android Bluetooth phone (and if that is the right choice for you), your audiologist will go through everything you need to know.  They will even pair your mobile phone with your hearing aids at your fitting.

Made for Android hearing aids for 2020

The Starkey Livio Range

Starkey Livio Edge AI & Livio AI Breakdown

The Livio Edge and other Livio AI ranges all connect to Apple and Android devices via Bluetooth so you can use the Thrive Hearing Control app to easily manage your hearing aid settings and access an array of features.  Using Bluetooth connectivity you can enhance the streaming performance to enjoy music and TV programmes like never before.  

Disadvantages of the Starkey Livio AI Range

For some Android devices, you may need a Remote Microphone, depending on the age of the phone technology you are using, to access some connectivity and calls.

 Advantages of the Starkey Livio AI Range

You can answer calls with the touch of a button and stream them to your 'healthable' hearing aids.  But, we think its the Livio ecosystem that's the main pull here.  It is unlike anything previously available to hearing aid wearers.  It enables patients to improve their listening experience, manage their wellness and share their health data with their audiologist. The audiologist can observe any of this remotely via the Telecare facility.

 

The Resound LiNX Quattro Range

Resound LiNX Quattro Breakdown

The Quattro range offers you the ability to stream from any audio source – also directly from your iOS and Android devices. This is done in stereo with no need for an intermediate device. And with clearer, fuller and richer sounds, you can enjoy the finer details of music and soundtracks – all streamed directly to your Resound hearing aids.

Disadvantages of the Resound LiNX Quattro

Please be aware that direct Bluetooth connectivity is available from Android version 10 with Bluetooth version 5.0 only.

Advantages of the Resound LiNX Quattro

The rechargeable option in this Made for Android range gives you the comfort of not having to worry about your battery life.  Resound have stated that the battery provides 24 hours of power - even if you're streaming half of the day. 

Made for Android Hearing Aid Apps

Resound Smart App

Resound LiNX Quattro Smart 3D

Compatible with many Android models such as Samsung, Sony, and LG. It includes many features such as geotagging that switches between location-specific settings, and a program for locating a lost hearing aid. The Smart 3D App also has a tinnitus management program to help you find relief for your tinnitus symptoms, both during the day and at night.

Starkey Thrive App

Starkey Livio AI Range Thrive

This app gives the wearer full control of their hearing aids by using their smartphone. You can adjust volume, switch memories and manage other settings. The most impressive features are Healthable - it uses AI to track your brain and body activity with Thrive Assistant, Translate, Transcribe and Self Check.

What if my hearing aid isn't Made for Android?

In our experience, the hearing aid you choose should not solely come down to direct Bluetooth connectivity alone.  Your priority should always be what hearing aid is best for your hearing loss and what will help you hear better.  Always ask your audiologist about the different connectivity options.

For instance, the Bernafon Viron, Zerena and Leox are great hearing aids, which are compatible with iPhone and Apple devices, but if you have an Android phone you can still benefit from great features.  Bernafon's EasyControl-A app is compatible with devices powered by:

Bernafon's EasyControl-A app

You can access great hearing aid control with this app, even if you have an Android phone.  Regulate the volume, change your listening program, find your hearing aids and check your battery life with this useful app

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Example of Bluetooth hearing aids for Android phones

£1895
per aid
£3695
per pair
£1895
per aid
£3695
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1895
per aid
£3695
per pair

Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC

All models are rechargeable, this is included in the cost

Starkey Livio Full Range

Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC

All models are rechargeable, this is included in the cost

Starkey Livio Full Range
£1795
per aid
£3495
per pair
£1795
per aid
£3495
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1795
per aid
£3495
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC

Edge model / rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid

Starkey Livio Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC

Edge model / rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid

Starkey Livio Full Range
£1695
per aid
£2795
per pair
£1695
per aid
£2795
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1695
per aid
£2795
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Resound LiNX 3D and Quattro Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Resound LiNX 3D and Quattro Full Range
£1395
per aid
£2395
per pair
£1395
per aid
£2395
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1395
per aid
£2395
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

Resound LiNX 3D and Quattro Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

Resound LiNX 3D and Quattro Full Range
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1695
per aid
£3295
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.

Unitron Discover Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.

Unitron Discover Full Range
£1595
per aid
£3095
per pair
£1595
per aid
£3095
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1595
per aid
£3095
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.

Unitron Discover Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

Rechargeable version is an additional £50 per aid.

Unitron Discover Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

  

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

4 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

  

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

4 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

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