How to Pair Hearing Aids to iPhone

Connecting hearing aids to iPhone is as simple as any other Bluetooth connection

What to Know

  • Put hearing aid into pairing mode, then: Settings > Accessibility > Hearing, and select Hearing Devices, tap your device, select Pair.
  • Make sure your hearing aid is compatible with your iPhone.
  • Some Made for iPhone hearing aids connect just like connecting any other Bluetooth device.

This article explains how to connect an iPhone-compatible hearing aid with iPhone. To use Made for iPhone hearing aids, you will need both an iPhone compatible hearing aid and a compatible iPhone or iOS device.

These instructions apply to MFI (Made for iPhone) hearing aids. Chances are if you're a longtime hearing aid user, you already have an MFI hearing aid because MFI hearing aids come with a lot of convenient functionality when connected to iPhone. If you have a non-MFI hearing aid that's compatible with your iPhone, simply connect it like you would any other Bluetooth device.

How to Connect Hearing Aids to iPhone

Once you ensure your iPhone and your hearing aid are compatible, connecting your hearing aid is as easy as connecting any other Bluetooth device to your iPhone, which means it only takes a few seconds and a couple of taps.

  1. First, make sure Bluetooth on your iPhone is turned on.

  2. On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Hearing, and then select Hearing Devices.

  3. Open the battery doors on your hearing aid, and then close them. This will put your hearing aid into pairing mode while your iPhone searches for it.

    iPhone Settings with Accessibility, Hearing Devices, and MFI Hearing Devices highlighted
  4. Your hearing aid will appear under the MFI Hearing Devices heading. When it does, tap your device, and then select Pair.

    If you use two aids, i.e., one for the left ear and one for the right ear, they will appear individually, and both will need to be selected and paired. Both will also need to be first entered into pairing mode as described above.

  5. Pairing can take up to a whole minute, and you'll need to pair both devices, so this can take a few minutes. Once paired, you can begin using your hearing aid as normal.

Troubleshooting Problems Connecting Hearing Aids to iPhone

Not all hearing aids are built to be compatible with iPhones. And it's important to not just make sure your hearing aids are compatible with iPhone, but that you have an iOS device that supports hearing aids, too.

Triple-check everything is compatible if you're having problems, first.

If you have an iPhone-compatible hearing aid, but it's not an MFI hearing aid, you may have to consult your hearing aid's manual to find out how to put your device into pairing mode.

Second, it's important to remember while most, if not all, hearing aids use Bluetooth to connect to iPhone, Made for iPhone hearing aids are not connected in the traditional Bluetooth menu on iPhone and instead connect through the Hearing menu.

Make sure you're in the right place when trying to connect your hearing aid.

  • How do I pair ReSound hearing aids to an iPhone?

    ReSound digital hearing aids are Made for iPhone (MFI) hearing aids, so you'll pair them to your iPhone via the instructions above.

  • How do I pair Phonak Marvel hearing aids to an iPhone?

    Phonak's technology requires only one of your hearing aids to be paired to your iPhone. To connect your Phonak Marvel hearing aid to your iPhone, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is toggled on. Turn off the hearing aid that you're pairing, then turn it back on. It will appear under My Devices in your Bluetooth settings. Select your hearing aid to pair it with your iPhone, then tap Pair in the pop-up window to confirm.

  • How do I connect ReSound hearing aids to an Android device?

    On your Android device, visit the Google Play Store and search for ReSound Smart 3D app, then download and install the app. Open the app, tap Get Started, and follow the prompts to pair your hearing aid to your Android device.

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