Devices that connect your hearing aids to your smartphone or mobile
Some devices can directly connect your phone to your hearing aids. These also use the hearing loop setting to help you hear sounds more clearly. You can normally plug them into the headphone jack on your phone. They include:
- A neck loop, a cable that you wear around your neck.
- Ear hooks, a small device attached to a cable that hooks over the ear next to the hearing aid.
- Silent headphones, that look like normal headphones but also work to help you hear sounds on your phone.
Prices for these assistive devices range from £15 to £50 for more advanced types. You can find these devices at the following suppliers:
You may also be able to get help paying for technology.
MFi and Bluetooth technology
Some of the newer hearing aids also have ‘made for iPhone’ (MFi) technology. This means your hearing aids can connect directly to your smartphone and stream audio into them. MFi was developed by Apple but can also be used with Android phones, although it may not have as many features.
All smartphones also have Bluetooth. This allows your phone to connect to other products such as listening devices.