BOSE Hearphones Detailed Review | NOT Your Typical BOSE Headphones

Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist from Anthem Arizona, provides a detailed review of the BOSE Hearphones which are not just another pair of typical BOSE Headphones.

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The BOSE Hearphones are not just your typical set of BOSE Headphones. They look a lot like the QuietComfort 35 noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones, but the HEARphones are BOSE’s “Conversation Enhancing Headphones”. While they may be intended to treat hearing loss, BOSE is not able to advertise them as devices that can do so until regulations for the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act are drafted by the FDA, which will be a few years from now. Until then, let’s see how good this product is for hearing loss.

Pro#1. Comfort – The Hearphones are comfortable, really comfortable. The soft eartips can be worn easily for hours at a time which means you can wear them the majority of the day.

Pro#2. Bluetooth – Because it has a neck collar, you get a strong Bluetooth signal with the device you are streaming sound/calls from.

Pro#3. Quality of Music – It’s no surprise that BOSE gives you high quality sound with all of their products. The Hearphones definitely do not disappoint.

Pro #4. They can meet a Mild and Moderate Hearing Loss Prescription – Using Real Ear Measurement, was able to program the BOSE Hearphones to a Flat Mild & Moderate hearing loss, as well as a High Frequency Moderate hearing loss. Learn more about Real Ear Measures in this video:

Pro #5. Noise Cancellation – In true BOSE fashion, the Hearphones can cancel background noise with music, and reduce background noise when amplifying Real World Sound.

The Hearphones are impressive but there are a few Cons in my opinion.

Con #1. The Collar – I’m not a big fan of wearing anything around my neck. Plus, I feel that I am being rude by wearing the headphones during a conversation.

Con #2. Phone Call Clarity – You actually get good clarity from the Hearphones, but it does transfer some noise to the person you are talking to on the phone. Just don’t talk on the phone through the Hearphones if you are in a noisy environment.

Con #3. Feedback – The Hearphones do NOT have good feedback cancellation. This means you are at risk for them whistling at you if you increase the treble too much along with real word sound.

Con #4. Occlusion Effect – The Occlusion Effect occurs when you block off your ear canals which occurs with the closed Hearphone ear tips. This makes your voice seem really loud to yourself, particularly if you have normal low-frequency hearing.

Overall, I was super impressed with the BOSE Hearphones. Will they outperform a pair of traditional hearing aids that are programmed well? The answer is no, but do I think they could be a viable option for someone to use if they have a mild hearing loss?…The answer is actually YES!

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TheJackyBear says:

Listening to this video with “bose hearphones”… And I must say they are AWESOME… Great for watching videos on computer and also you can listen to TV without it being very loud… Thank You Bose… HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

CATalley says:

Would this be a viable solution for cookie bite hearing loss? I hear everything very well, but have difficulty understanding voices in certain ranges and pitches, and dialogue while watching tv. Hearing aids drive me nuts as everything is amplified and I still struggle to follow conversations.

Chloe's Cat says:

Hi Doc,

I have mild to possibly moderate tinnitus; it’s about 30-40% of my hearing depending on how loud my students are :P. I also have Bose QC35’s and listen to music on them with the volume at around 50%. Is that safe? Also, would the hearphones benefit my tinnitus? I think my tinnitus is ‘high frequency?’, not sure if that’s the term, as the sound is high pitched, too.

Great review by the way.

I actually got tinnitus listening to metal through headphones at full volume for many years so I don’t expect and sympathy! haha.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!


Ellen Perkins says:

I don’t see the appeal of something like this for someone who already uses hearing aids; one would have to REMOVE your hearing aids to use them…what’s the point of that?

Marcin Wojcik says:

Great review. I am still waiting for IQbuds Boost review. Any idea when this can happen??

Suzanne Mistretta says:

too hard to comprehend . All I know is I paid six grand for hearing aids and they stink.

Charles Goldman says:

How does the Bluetooth connectivity compare to made-for-iPhone hearing aids? Are there any such hearing aids that do almost as well as (if not better than) the Bose with Bluetooth?

Idalia Miller says:

Hello Doc. Are these good for single sided deafness my 13 year old daughter has left ear severe and right is normal hearing. Thank you!! 🙂

Michael Toub says:

Wow! Excellent eval, thanks!!

Ant mar says:

I have a question i was diagnosed with tinnitus I’m completely deaf in my left ear and can barely hear on my right. By barely i mean i can’t hear a person talking in front of me but i can hear clearly on my phone. So i researched and seen that all phones have a noise reduction function. I thought of buying noise reduced bluetooth headphones because the fact that i can still hear on my phone makes me curious.

B. Johnson says:

thank you for the review, wonder if they work with tinnitus

zone1hearing says:


JeanneMarie68 says:

I really thank you for the excellent analysis of this product. It will not meet my needs for singing in chorus &
conversation enhancement, in an understated fashion. Thank you for pointing out it would be 2 yrs. before FDA
guidance on over the counter hearing aides & need for audiologist adjustment. I also agree Bose is excellent. I own many of their products.
As a retired RN, may I ask if you have a neck enlargement to right midline neck or just computer enhancement?

aljoseph says:

I have prescribed hearing aids which should give me the sound quality I’m looking for but they don’t. Every thing I hear sounds as though people are talking through a tin can. This is unacceptable to me. When I wear traditional headphones, like Bose, the sound quality is awesome. Why can’t quality hearing aids provide that kind of sound. How would you rate the Bose Hear Phones with regard to incoming sound quality.

Dustin Sanders says:

I wish they made em for severe hearing loss.

Ozgur Akkaya says:

those golden earbuds ewwww

Kate Schachinger says:

so, the video implies that the feedback for a person with a moderate high-frequency hearing loss is not avoidable, right?

Kr Sanu says:

Is this suitable for severe hearing loss..

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