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Bluetooth Hearing Aids for Any Phone

Published on 13/07/2020

Made for Any Phone Hearing Aids

If you are looking for hearing aids for smartphones and mobiles, there are some models out there that are compatible with both iPhone and Android - these are called Made for Any Phone hearing aids.  These are currently only available from the Sonova Group - who brought you Phonak, Unitron and Audio Nova.  The hearing aids with this strategy are Phonak's Marvel and Unitron's Discover models.  Offering you the flexibility of having connectivity to any smartphone or mobile phone, whether it's iPhone or Android, with Bluetooth capabilities - for audio and call streaming (and pretty much any electronic device with Bluetooth).

Other types of Bluetooth hearing aids to discover:

Before this innovation, Bluetooth wasn't accessible to everyone.  Now, no matter what brand of mobile you have - you can gain from this connection and high-quality phone calls seamlessly without the need for a streamer. These Bluetooth hearing aids for any phone supports the original Bluetooth protocol by offering connectivity to smartphones - including Android, iPhone and classic mobile phones.

So, what do Made for Any Phone hearing aids do?

Hands-free calls:  These Bluetooth hearing aids for any phone offer true hands-free calls - so you can answer and reject them at a push of a button on your hearing aids.  The phone ring tone is heard through your hearing devices and then once you accept the call, you can hear your conversation streamed directly with great clarity.  For example, the Phonak Marvel has built-in microphones to pick up your voice - so that you can hold a phone conversation through your hearing aids, without ever taking your phone out of your pocket. 

Wireless headphones:  Your Bluetooth hearing aids for any phone turn into wireless headphones using advanced technology to connect your hearing aids seamlessly with your favourite TV channels in your home - with a quality audio sound experience.  

Best mobile phone for hearing aid wearers

Ever since Sonova launched their Bluetooth Made for Any Phone hearing aids (MFA) they have been in high demand because of the freedom it gives to Android users.  Android is a popular choice for smartphones - in fact, roughly four out of five people have an Android phone.  Sonova brought direct streaming to this neglected smartphone market, as well as being compatible with the iPhone - even if you have a classic mobile phone, you will still gain from this connectivity. 

It also brings a wider scope of mobile options to hearing aid wearers, as before they might have gone for an iPhone because of the Bluetooth restrictions of Android phones - now with this innovative technology, there are no barriers.

So, what do we think about Made for Any Phone hearing aids?

What we do like about the Phonak Marvel's Bluetooth hearing aids for any phone, in particular, is that it does offer a good level of Bluetooth connectivity and works with whatever phone you have.  Phonak have stated that even using streaming, the new Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery will keep going for 24 hours on average and the battery will last 6 years before needing to be changed. 

Realistically, you will probably need to change these batteries before five years and because of the standard Bluetooth technology used, in my experience, they seem to use up battery life twice as fast as other models.  On another note, most hearing aid wearers will probably be already thinking of a device upgrade after four years.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what you are looking for in terms of the connectivity, flexibility needed and what needs your hearing loss has.  Although Sononva has brought great results with their Bluetooth connectivity - perhaps there is still some improvements needed in regards to background noise, which is a huge factor for most hearing aid wearers.

Mobile phone hearing aid compatibility for Bluetooth hearings for any phone

There are many mobile phones and smartphones that are compatible with hearing aids - however not all hearing aids work with Android phones.  It is important that you check with your audiologist for a list of what phones work with your existing or new hearing aids.

Made for Any Phone hearing aids 2020

Marvel Duo

Phonak Marvel

The Marvel is a true Bluetooth hearing aid, offering connectivity to both iPhone and Android mobile phones users.  Here is a breakdown:

Streaming: Pair to any Bluetooth enabled device, for instance, iPhone, iPad, laptops, computers, Macs, Android phones, Windows phones etc.
Hands-free: Enjoy hands-free calls from any Bluetooth-enabled phones.
TV: Stream directly from Bluetooth-enabled TVs and Phonak's TV Connector accessory.
Rechargeability: Phonak state that Marvel will give you a full day of battery life with a single charge.
Remote: Your audiologist can adjust your hearing aids remotely. 
Eco-System: New advanced apps to make life easier. 
RogerDirect: Stream from your Roger devices directly to your hearing aids.

Unitron Discover

Unitron Discover

The Discover connects to any mobile phone or tablet with Bluetooth capabilities like Android devices, iPhones, iPads and classic mobile phones.  It provides a stable stereo audio streaming from these devices for calls and other audio signals, so you can gain from audio in both ears.  

Streaming:  Just like the Phonak Marvel range, the Unitron Discover range uses the "Sword 3.0" microchip which enables these hearing aids to be able to stream directly.

Hands-free calls:  You can also enjoy true hands-free calls, so you can use the phone without having to hold it.  Another benefit is that you can answer and reject calls by pushing a button on your hearing aid.

Further reading on Bluetooth hearing aids

Examples of Made for Any Phone hearing aids

£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
£1295
per aid
£2495
per pair
£1295
per aid
£2495
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1295
per aid
£2495
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
£995
per aid
£1895
per pair
£995
per aid
£1895
per pair
Tech Rating:
£995
per aid
£1895
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

Unitron Discover Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

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

 

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

 

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
This article was written by Paul Harrison

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