This term is acknowledged as both MFI hearing aids and Made for iPhone hearing aids - which basically means a technology to be paired with iPhones, iPad and iPods. It is a licensed product that is Apple-specific and includes a variety of devices to connect and integrate.
There is a huge difference between Made for iPhone hearing aids (MFI) and Made for Android hearing aids, as Made for iPhone hearing aids are created and developed to work seamlessly alongside Apple's unique operating system. They directly connect to Apple phones and other devices without a streamer or intermediary device. Giving you quality audio from electrical devices straight into your hearing aids and both ears.
The three benefits to this type of product is a direct connection to the following:
The Made for iPhone devices are a favourite to the tech-savvy consumer and are ever-evolving hearing solutions. Here are the brands that currently offer this connectivity system: Oticon, Bernafon, Phonak, Widex, Resound, Starkey, Signia and Unitron.
Up until recently, Resound was the only hearing aid manufacturer that offered Made for iPhone ITE devices. Now Oticon, Bernafon, Signia, Phonak and Starkey have brought this style of hearing aid onto the market. It is worth noting that this type of aid might not be suitable for everyone - it all depends on the size of your ear canal.
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. Therefore, this type of hearing aid roughly starts from £795 - £1895 per aid.
As we know already these hearing aids are specifically designed to provide the best sound quality when used alongside Apple's phones and tablets. When these electronic devices are paired with certain brands of hearing aids, they transmit an audio feed to the devices directly - for clear conversation and ultimately making it easier to use the phone.
Made for iPhone hearing aids can also be controlled from your iPhone or iPad and there are iOS apps that track data from your hearing aids - like battery life, volume and balance. There is a feature in the app called Live Listen, which acts as an additional microphone. You can use this by placing your phone between you and the person you are speaking with. It amplifies their voice back to you and assists to reduce background noise.
Whilst the NHS provides a credible hearing health service and some good hearing solutions - they are currently unable to offer Bluetooth hearing aids. Hearing aids with Bluetooth capability is only available with private hearing care.
There are many benefits to pairing your Apple electronic devices with hearing aids and can be useful tools for both your hearing and lifestyle. For instance, using your iPhone or iPad as a microphone to assist in conversations in social environments and work conferences means you'll never miss a beat.
But, overall it's the direct streaming that attracts consumers worldwide as a most convenient solution. However, it is worth remembering that choosing a Made for iPhone hearing aid should not sacrifice on a hearing solution that is best for your own unique hearing loss. You can find some Hearing Aid UK customer hearing aid reviews here
Below is a list of what hearing aids are available in the industry that are Made for iPhone. On another note, we endeavour to edit this list as and when new products are released.
So, what are the best iPhone Bluetooth hearing aids on the market? Here are some of our audiologist's Made for iPhone hearing aid recommendations that have launched this year.
**We are currently evaluating the new arrivals and we will produce an updated top Bluetooth hearing aids for iPhone examples, once the hearing aids have been out longer and fully evaluated**
Oticon More 1 hearing aids give you access to connect to the world without the need for a streamer -whether that be streaming sound from your TV, listening to music or chatting on the phone. With their ON App you can adjust volume, change programs and check your battery life, all at a touch of a button, as well as playing the soothing sounds to manage tinnitus symptoms.
With these hearing aids, you can gain from connecting to both Android and Apple mobile phones and other Bluetooth devices. So you can stream music, talk on the phone and control your hearing aids - using the Oticon ON app.
Please remember that Android devices need to support Audio Streaming from Hearing Aids (ASHA) to allow direct streaming to Oticon More.
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5 year warranty included. All Oticon More aids are rechargeable and price includes recharging station.Oticon More Full Range
Below is a list of Oticon hearing aids that are Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and are also compatible with Android devices:
The Phonak Virto Black includes their famous Marvel Technology, advanced Bluetooth connectivity and easy hands-free streaming. The main pull here is the stylish black design of this model, which replicates the modern and popular hearables in today's market. They also Made for iPhone and Made for Android hearing aids.
Phonak Virto Black enables seamless connectivity to the world - compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones as well as other audio devices. Your hearing is enhanced by the 16 hearing performance features that improve your listening experience and a microprocessor chip with 5 wireless protocols.
General Compatability: Phonak Virto Black incorporates Marvel technology which is 4.2 certified. Any mobile phone that supports Bluetooth, Hands-Free Profile (HFP) and Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) should be compatible with these hearing aids.
Calls: When making phone calls, phones supporting Bluetooth 2.1 and newer should work with ease. Phones with Bluetooth versions earlier than 2.1 might still be able to work.
Don't worry if your hearing aids don't include a feature for direct Bluetooth streaming from your smartphone to your devices - all manufacturers have got solutions for this, even on a basic level. Bluetooth hearing aids can be compatible with a streamer or an assisted listening device, which will offer a 'pairing' between your smartphone and hearing aids.
The streamer will pick up the Bluetooth signal from your phone and transmit it to your hearing aid via audio signal or an 'electromagnetic field' - all changeable on the manufacturer's design.
Like with most electronic devices, pairing varies, it's no different pairing hearing aids with your iPhone. As all hearing aid makes and models have different requirements, apps and features - they all pair hearing aids with iPhones differently.
Once you have decided on a hearing for your iPhone 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, so you don't have to connect your hearing aids to your iPhone yourself.
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When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.