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Made for iPhone Compatible Hearing Aids - What is a Made for iPhone hearing aid?

Updated 02/01/2024
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Made for iPhone hearing aids

Bluetooth Hearing Aids for iPhone

What is a Made for iPhone hearing aid?

Hearing aids for iPhone are specialised devices designed to enhance the auditory experience of individuals with hearing loss using Apple's iPhone ecosystem.

Made for iPhone hearing aids leverage the power of technology and connectivity to provide better sound quality, improved customisation, and seamless integration with your favourite iOS devices.

You might be looking to upgrade your existing hearing aids or want to know a little bit more about this type of Bluetooth hearing aid - either way, discover the benefits, features, and technology of Made for iPhone hearing aids below and see whether this type of Bluetooth hearing aid is right for you.

Made for iPhone hearing aids

iPhone and hearing aids

Apple has pretty much dominated the smartphone industry and market since launching the iPhone and it is no wonder so many companies and industries want to be associated with the brand. One of the biggest industries is hearing aids.

Once connected, hearing aid wearers can control their hearing aids directly from their iPhones, using specialised apps provided by the hearing aid manufacturers or even built-in accessibility features within iOS. 

This means you can adjust volume levels, change settings, and even create personalised profiles to optimise their hearing experience in different environments.

Moreover, hearing aids for iPhone often provide additional features like noise reduction, feedback cancellation and directional microphones to improve speech understanding while reducing background noise. 



Made for iPhone hearing aids

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Hearing aids with Bluetooth iPhone connectivity

This term is acknowledged as both MFI hearing aids and Made for iPhone hearing aids - which means a technology to be paired with iPhones, iPads, 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.

 

Hearing aid brands that make Made for iPhone hearing aids

The Made for iPhone devices are a favourite to the tech-savvy consumer and are ever-evolving hearing solutions.  Here are the main hearing aid brands that currently offer this iPhone hearing aid connectivity system:  

  

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Benefits of Made for iPhone hearing aids

What are the advantages of iPhone hearing aids? 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 the most convenient solution.  However, it is worth remembering that choosing a Made for iPhone hearing aid should not sacrifice a hearing solution that is best for your own unique hearing loss.  

The main benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids that are compatible with iPhone is that this type of product is a direct connection to the following:

Seamless connectivity

Made for iPhone hearing aids are designed to seamlessly connect to Apple devices, such as iPhones and iPads. This integration allows wearers to effortlessly stream phone calls, music, podcasts, and other audio straight to their hearing aids. It also eliminates the need for additional accessories or devices - providing a hassle-free listening experience.

Enhanced sound quality

Made for iPhone hearing aids leverage the advanced audio processing capabilities of Apple devices, resulting in superior sound quality. Wearers can enjoy clear and crisp sound without distortion.  The combination of cutting-edge technology and personalised amplification settings ensures an optimal listening experience tailored to individual hearing needs.

Personalisation and control

Made for iPhone hearing aids often come with accompanying apps that allow wearers to customise their hearing experience. Through the MFI apps, wearers can adjust volume, treble, bass, and other sound parameters to suit their preferences and environments. They can create and save personalised profiles for different listening situations, such as restaurants, concerts, or outdoor activities - ensuring optimal hearing in any setting.

Accessibility features

Apple devices offer a range of accessibility features that seamlessly integrate with Made for iPhone hearing aids. For instance, users can activate closed captions, adjust audio balance, or enable the Live Listen feature to use their iPhone as a remote microphone, amplifying specific sounds or conversations in challenging listening situations.



Pairing Hearing Aids With iPhone

Pairing Hearing Aids with iPhone

How to pair Bluetooth hearing aids to iPhone

You might be wondering how to pair Bluetooth hearing aids with an iPhone.  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. 

They will also show you how to use Bluetooth hearing aids with iPhone smartphones and the benefits of various features you can access.  

 

How to connect hearing aids to iPhone

So, how do you use Made for iPhone hearing devices?  All Made for iPhone or MFI devices can stream audio, and calls, make adjustments, and be connected to the following:  iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and, in some cases, Apple Watch.  To use the Made for iPhone hearing devices and the most recent compatibilities are:

 

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Bluetooth for iPhone Hearing Aids

Hearing aid and mobile pairing instructions

Below is a simple and generic guide on how to pair your hearing aids to your iPhone.  However, if you are still struggling - speak to your audiologist who will be happy to support you through the process.

  1. Ensure your Bluetooth technology is switched on.
  2. Go to settings and select Bluetooth.
  3. Open your battery doors.
  4. Then go to settings, then accessibility, then hearing and this is when you select hearing devices.
  5. Close your battery doors.
  6. In the MFI hearing devices section - select the name of your hearing aid.
  7. Tap pair and you should get a notification to say that the pairing process has begun.
  8. The pairing will take around a minute.

 

Connecting Bluetooth hearing aids to iPhone troubleshooting

Hearing aid won't pair with iPhone?  What if I don't have a Made for iPhone hearing aid?  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 an audio signal or an 'electromagnetic field' - all changeable on the manufacturer's design. 

 

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Need more help with hearing aids for iPhone?

Made for iPhone hearing aids revolutionise the way individuals with hearing impairments interact with their environment.

By leveraging the power of Apple's ecosystem, these devices provide accessibility, convenience, superior sound quality and seamless integration, ultimately enhancing the overall quality of life for hearing aid users.

If you would like to know more about iPhone-compatible hearing aids, please call us free on 0800 567 7621 to speak with one of our audiologists who will be happy to assist you. 

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Common FAQs about Made for iPhone hearing aids

What is a Made for iPhone hearing aid?

A Made for iPhone hearing aid is a technology that can 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.

What can Made for iPhone hearing aids connect to?

They can wirelessly stream audio from iPhones & iPad for calls, music, apps and more.  They can also be used to personalise your listening experience by using them as a remote control via a hearing aid app.

How can Made for iPhone hearing aids support my hearing?

When paired, they transmit an audio feed to your hearing aids directly.  This then gives you clear conversation and ultimately makes it easier to use the phone and listen to audio.

Who does In-Ear Made for iPhone hearing aids?

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 such things as the size of your ear canal and dexterity. 

However, your audiologist will go through all the different ITE models available and will advise which one would be better or even if this style would be right for you.

What is the cost of Made for iPhone hearing aids?

What about iPhone hearing aids cost?  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 are now only a fraction more expensive than traditional devices.  Therefore, as a rough guide, this type of hearing aid roughly starts from £795 - £1895 per aid.

Can you get NHS Made for iPhone hearing aids?

What about Made for iPhone hearing aids NHS?  Whilst the NHS provides a credible hearing health service and some good hearing solutions - they have just recently been able to offer Bluetooth hearing aids, but like with all NHS hearing aids there will be limitations on technology, model and style. Advanced hearing aids with Bluetooth capability are only available with private hearing care.

What about iPhone hearing aids app?

Apple now has many options for hearing aid wearers to use with their iPhone smartphones - so you can remotely adjust your hearing aid settings at the touch of your fingertips. iPhone hearing aids all have compatible apps so you can make adjustments on the go such as: volume, frequency, battery level, remote care with your local audiologist and much more.

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