SoundControl Hearing Aid Disappointment 3/5
I’ve owned Bose Hearphones since they came out, and I bought them for my son, also. I’ve recommended them to my friends and several have bought them. The work amazingly well, especially for the price. The ability to narrow the audio field in a noisy environment makes a big difference.
So, I was excited when Bose received FDA approval for OTC hearing aids. Finally, we are going to get useful features, like compression and a graphic equalizer. But, the debut has been delayed for over a year.
Now, the SoundControl aids are in limited availability. What a disappointment!! They are just hearing amplifiers, of the kind you can buy for $150 each. Or less. They don’t stream music or phone calls. They don’t have the narrowest focus setting of the HearPhones, only front and “everywhere”. They apparently don’t have compression. They don’t claim echo cancellation or multiple programs for different acoustic situations. (The specs are very brief.)
Not only that, but Bose discontinued the HearPhones a year ago.
So, in my opinion, Bose is just ripping off the old people again, like everyone else. Apparently the hearing aid cartel made a deal. Again.
I really wish Apple would enter this market. They have all the necessary technology. It’s a big opportunity, if only someone had the determination to break the cartel. Fat chance, it seems.
Intuitive and easy 5/5
Brilliant app that has obviously been through serious user experience (ux). I found it simple to use and very helpful and friendly. Hats off to the developers.
By mustang 9
I am really glad I bought these!! They are easy to adjust and the sound quality is superb.
Just got em... 5/5
Wow! Love them so far! Super easy set up and app is so simple to use!
Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids 5/5
This is my first hearing aid so nothing to compare this to. It was easy to set up and and even though I wear glasses, the hearing aid body fit behind the ear with no problems. I downloaded the Bose Hear app and then paired the hearing aids to my iPhone. I like the ability to customize the sound to your environment. Just received them this afternoon, but so far I like them. I can hear the tv without having to turn the tv volume up. My wife appreciates that.
This app is trash won’t even connect 1/5
Ok listen my bose headphones connect almost instantly with regular Bluetooth but when I try to connect it with this crappy app it won’t even connect no matter how much i try just listen to me don’t download this crap it will just piss you off 🤬
Excelente calidad. 5/5
Tengo los AirPods Pro y Bosé es de mucha más calidad en sonido.
Bose Hearphones 5/5
Not perfect but better than any hearing aid I’ve had or tried
Control What YOU Hear 5/5
I like the ability to control how much I want to hear from my music 🎶 to what I hear from the outside,
Bose I’m calling on YOU To make Dolby Atmos Headphones 🎧 and Home Theater Products. There’s such a High Demand to Hear the Next Level 😇
Need some more options 5/5
Need some options
Amazing product 5/5
This product is amazing and incredible! I have had them on for 30 min now and as soon as I put them on I was able to hear my wife talk to me from a distance. It had been a long time since I was able to hear her properly. Really amazed and thankful.
By padre mv
Very hard to fit in ear and stay in.
Bose hearphones 1/5
My Bose hear phones arrived. I so excited I opened the box and only the right worked
The left ear didn’t work: I am sending this back tonight
It would not let my headphones connect 2/5
I try many different things to connect and I can’t
Can’t connect 1/5
After connecting to my phone I can’t connect to my ipad
Doesn’t reliably connect 2/5
This app has problems connecting through Bluetooth to the ear phones. I don’t understand why it is so difficult. I can be playing music through the earphones and then try to connect the Bose hear app and it won’t connect. Now, why is that? If the music app can connect, then why can’t the Bose hear app connect? Can’t the Bose Hear app just look at what the music app is doing and then use that channel? It is annoying when I am listening to music through the earphones from the iPhone and then the Bose hear app tells me to make sure that the earphones are turned on.
Also, sometimes it just won’t connect at all. The music app can’t find the earphones and neither can the Bose Hear app. So I tell the iPhone to forget the Bose Hear app and then try to pair. Often, that does not work either. And so what I have to do is delete the Bose Hear app and then reinstall it. So far, that has always worked. But, it is an annoying five minute delay to whatever I am doing. I have to do this about once every month or two.
Wow, Love Hearphones! 5/5
My 96 yo Mom has had the most expensive hearing aides and got a new pair every two years for last 15-20 years. She always complained about moving from one environment to another how difficult it was to get them adjusted. These headphones have been a godsend. She can hear tv and conversation much better. I would highly recommend them. Just know when you purchase they need to be paired with a smartphone.
About time! 4/5
By Older but better
Ever since startup HearOne closed, I’ve waited for the “big boys” to get into the “PSAP” (personal sound amplification product) business. Who better than Bose. Only request for next software update? A full range equalizer. Some companies already offer this. Midranges need to be tweaked too, if we are trying for optimal hearing assistance. Plus more ads targeting us geriatrics.
No equalizer 1/5
By Un plug yourself from them!
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Love I can hear 4/5
I can hear again my daughter doesn’t have to yell for me to hear her is give 5 stars the only reason and I truly mean it I wish there was an Apple Watch app. All I want the app to do is change my preset settings I already have saved in my iPhone app so I don’t need to pull my iPhone out every time I need to change a pre-saved setting. I’d like to get out of my car and go from driving Mode to tv , movie theater, live theater ext.. all without have to pull out my iPhone
External sound leaks thru even at -50 setting 4/5
I like the way the HearPhones enhance listening to the TV or in groups. For enhancing hearing they are very good.
However when using as Bluetooth connected listening to music with World Sound set to -50, external sound is still coming thru. So noise cancellation is only so so. I have Bose 700 noise cancelling headphones which do so much better.
Tried all three tips, no difference.
Another issue is that at -50 World setting, bass/treble selection seems not to work.
Finally, the music boost settings seem to be of little use. Neither the + or ++ settings makes much difference in volume.
Great hearing aid 5/5
By Mac Fly Fish
I have spent a lot on hearing aids. Never been real happy with them.
The Bose Hearphones are different. I can finally listen to music. I can hear and understand my little grand kids. At parties, using the front setting I can hear others.
They are pretty obvious, but hearing is more important to me than looks.
The app’s finicky 2/5
Bought the Hearphones and they are great. The app on the other hand cannot keep the connection up. Im using iphone xs with ios13. Everytime i try to adjust the world sound via app, i need to wait for several minutes for it to connect again with the device. App needs update to fix the connection issue.
Work great except for phone calls in noisy environments 3/5
Works great except for phone calls in noisy environments where I can hear fine, but the people i'm talking too hear all the background noise and have a very hard time hearing me. Very odd that Bose, who is famous for noise canceling wouldn't cancel noise on the microphone as well as the speakers...
Latest iOS has broken the app 1/5
By iOS teacher
Since the most recent iOS update (December 2019), the app does not work. It says it’s connecting to my phone, but then never does. Very annoying. Please fix this ASAP Bose!
No right side sound 1/5
Love/Hate relationship 3/5
By Hound dog Jake
They defiantly work for hearing enhancement, I just can’t seem to get over constantly trying to adjust them for differing conditions. The App is slow to respond to hook up and sometimes won’t , yet my phone says they are connected, frustrating when your having trouble hearing and can’t immediately adjust the controls. Never like something in my ears but these are tolerable and getting better. Battery life could be a little longer, won’t last all day. I am going to call support to see if they can help me fine tune these things. Not very wearable on a boat as wind noise is an issue. I’m 50/50 right now about keeping them.
App doesn’t work with latest iPad update 1/5
I’ve tried deleting and reinstalling and the app still doesn’t recognize my headphones which are connected to the iPad. So I’m unable to change the volume, direction, etc. 10/26/19
Exactly what I needed. 5/5
I have about 10% hearing loss primarily on my right ear. I can’t hear Hugh pitch noise too on both ears. I’m really ok with general conversation as long as there’s no noise around me. But when the atValley is on or in a car or in a restaurant I have difficulty hearing a conversation. I saw this Bose Hearphone and wanted to try it. It’s perfect. I can focus the Hearphone to hear directly in front of around me. Hearing volume is also adjustable. Love it.
Exceeding my expectations 5/5
No way I was going to spend 6,000.00 on hearing aids. What a gift these units are
Used to be great 1/5
By Tim Ferrell
Used to be great, but as of iOS 13 it won’t let me configure my headphones anymore. The app won’t even connect anymore.
First two hrs 2/5
So far not impressed due to difficulties in using. the corded controls are very difficult when you cannot see them. Right now I am having trouble getting the ap to work, maybe the cord controls override ? It worked before.
Usually when I find difficulties with a device it does not get better, but we will see. I am in $550 with tax right now so want to give it my best shot.
Pretty good but App needs work 4/5
I have tinnitus and am a hearing aid user. These headphones are better than the hearing aids by far. The App can be a little finicky at times. Sometimes, even though it’s been connected several times, it asks you to pair it. Then you have to delete it from your phone and start over. Then, randomly, you may have to do that again the next time you connect. Connecting to a new MacBook Pro was a real hassle. Took like 7 or 8 attempts after clearing Bluetooth device list in headset. I’m still learning but I wish there was a way to turn down world volume but turn up a targeted volume, like conversation or TV. Well worth the investment so far. TV mode is awesome
Great for home 5/5
These headphones are great for home use and at the park.
Not working well 2/5
By Uncle Steve
Sometimes works but then doesn’t work. Not sure why. But will keep trying different settings.
Better than my $3000 Phonak in-ear-canal hearing aids! 5/5
By Ronnie McD
I haven’t heard so well in years—and can adjust the settings on my Hearphones to different environments. My only complaint is that they take only ten hours’ charge. I’m actually considering buying a second set as a “relief” device for when the charge on the first pair dies out. I love that the Hearphones also allow me to take phone calls and listen to podcasts or music through the earpieces!
Not working as I would like 2/5
I got the app to boost the sound on my Bose AE2 Soundlink opened it and then it told me to connect my “earphones” I already had them on so then I disconnected disconnected them and then connected them again via the Bose connect app then I went back to this app and it still told me to connect them in conclusion it doesn’t work.
Life changing. 5/5
The flexibility and clarity I experience -at a fraction of other hearing aids. And I can’t lose them And I get BOSE quality headphones for music. What could be better. I tell all my friends.
Good idea. Terrible implementation. 1/5
There could not have been a usability study on these headphones. Use is awkward and clumsy. Downright dumb at times. For example power button is located on inside of collar. Instructions say put the collar on insert ear buds then press power button until pairing led turns blue — but you can’t see it because it’s located on the inside of collar.
To top it off the speaker for right ear doesn’t work. I’ll be returning it tomorrow.
I had high hopes for the Bose Hearphones and if everything worked as put forth in manual then it would have been a very successful interface for hearing impaired folks. However the pair I bought were very inconsistent in staying paired and the range of ear bud sizes very limiting making my experience with the Bose Hearphones unsatisfying.
Love love love but having trouble 5/5
By Kiki Morgan
I absolutely love my hearbuds but I’m having issues with the app. It keeps wanting me to re-pair the device. Every once and a while it will connect. I have cleared the list and removed the device from my phone and paired it again. But still having the same issue. Help
Nice app, but not wonderful 4/5
It can work well on Bose headphones, but cannot work on QC series... Wish this app can be able to support QC series, because QC users really need this app to make their headphones sounds better
Better than my hearing aid 5/5
The Bose Hearphones are by far the best hearing device that I have ever used. The range and sound pattern, particularly in public areas, is so much easier to manipulate than my very expensive hearing aids. What’s more, they are also the best sounding music earbuds that I have ever used. Have you ever tried listening to streaming music from an iPhone using hearing aid software? Don’t, the quality is horrible. The only advantage that most expensive hearing aids have over the Hearphones is their size. Hearphones look just like QuietControl 30s in your ears, but so what?? All my friends already know I have a hearing problem, so who am I kidding? Why spend 1,000’s of dollars to wear “invisible” hearing aids, which sound horrible when you try to play music or take a phone call, and aren’t really fooling anybody anyway?
I have needed digital hearing aids for over 30 years due to damage from gunfire, and at $4000 an ear I could never afford them. Wearing these things to me is like giving a blind man sight again. I sat out on my back porch and for time in over thirty years I could hear the birds singing. I’m in awe of my new world!
Quit working 1/5
The app no longer works as shown. It is now virtually impossible to use!!!
I have two pairs, one in need of repair. E-Mail me where to send for repair.
Like it but 4/5
Good app but need to change the design and the color styles.
The app keeps disconnecting from the headphones 1/5
Every time I open the app it wants me to connect to the HearPhones. What that entails is having to forget the phones, press and hold the button on the HearPhone to initiate a connection then select the device in the selection list. No other connection process works. Essentially this app has made a $500 pair of headphone worthless.