What Are The Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Seniors?

Bluetooth earbuds can be extremely helpful for seniors who have trouble hearing their cell phone or music from their favorite device. In this guide, I’ll show you what features are important to seniors as well as what I think are the best bluetooth earbuds for seniors.

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There are literally hundreds of different bluetooth earbuds on the market, so it can be quite challenging to select just one. This is especially true if you are looking for a pair that meets the needs of an older adult.

However, if you’re looking for a bluetooth earbud for a senior who may or may not have impaired hearing, then you’re definitely reading the right article. Keep reading to learn more about the unique features a senior needs when using bluetooth earbuds.

Plus, I’ll give you a list of what I think are the best bluetooth earbuds for seniors.

Important Features for Seniors to Consider

Selecting a great earbud for a senior will depend on a variety of factors such as how comfortable it is, ease of use and ability to set it up, high volume levels etc. We will now take a closer look at these necessary features as well as 7 specific models that are the best on the market.

Comfort

Seniors value their comfort more than just about anything. Unfortunately, there are many earbuds which are quite uncomfortable, so a good earbud is one that is easy to wear and doesn’t feel like you’re getting constantly poked in the ear.

Sound Quality

High quality sound is also another must-have, especially at high volumes. Seniors with hearing issues will require earbuds that have great sound quality at all volumes, especially the much higher volumes.

Appearance

Earbuds are usually quite small and are easy to lose. So, it is best to use earbuds which come in bright or noticeable colors that make them easy to identify.

Ease Of Setup & Use

It is best to get earbuds that are extremely easy to set up and are very intuitive to use. After all, most seniors don’t have the patience or tech savvy to deal with complicated earbuds. It should also be very easy and straightforward to engage the headset’s bluetooth functionality.

The 7 Best Bluetooth Earbuds for Seniors

Now that you know a bit more about the important features that seniors should consider when buying bluetooth earbuds, here are the top 7 bluetooth earbuds that I recommend for seniors and the elderly.

Apple Airpods Pro

Apple Airpods Pro

The Apple Airpod Pro is Apple’s signature earbuds and these earbuds are perfect for seniors. They are very easy to see due to the bright white color and extremely comfortably to the point where you’ll likely forget that they are in your ears. These earbuds are also waterproof so even if you forget that you have them on and go for a shower, they’ll be just fine.

The controls are also easy to use and there is even a noise cancelling feature which can greatly help to block out irritating noises. You can also switch the earbuds to Transparency mode to de-activate the noise cancelling feature so that you can easily hear what is going on around you.

These earbuds come with silicone tips and once you have other Apple devices, your Airpods will seamlessly connect to them. It has a bluetooth range of 800 feet and the battery will last around 4.5 hours. So, the only issue with this earbud is the battery life which could have been a little longer.


Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

If you’re not an Apple fan and prefer Android, then you’ll certainly be impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. These earbuds have excellent and crisp audio due to the dual AKG tuned drivers. The bluetooth range is 120 feet and it has a battery life of 11 hours which is quite impressive.

These earbuds have a mobile app which is extremely easy to use and includes controls for ambient listening levels, EQ levels etc. The shape of these earbuds make them very comfortable to wear and the buds come in a variety of colors such as red, light blue, aura blue, white and black.


Jabra Elite Active 75t

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Next on our list is the Jabra Elite Active which has been proven to be much better than the Apple Airpods in a couple different categories such as the sound quality, special features, battery life etc. These earbuds provide beautiful and balanced sound which can be tweaked to your liking using their app presets or the built in EQ.

It also has a passive noise cancellation feature and a bluetooth range of 30 feet. The battery life is 7.5 hours and there is a digital support assistant which will make setting up and usage very easy.


Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are very sleek which is great for seniors who aren’t ready to give up their sense of individuality and style! This particular earbud delivers excellent audio quality as well as great noise cancellation capability.

These earbuds are also very comfortable and lightweight as they only weigh 0.3 ounces. It has a bluetooth range of 30 feet and a battery life of 6 hours. The only downside of this particular earbuds is that it is meant for more casual use and not fitness. It also not water resistant so you definitely need to avoid getting it wet.


Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Another, very sleek earbud is the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless which provides great sound in a small package. It has very powerful 7mm drivers and complex sonics which make you feel like you’re in a studio. These earbuds are also quite light at only 0.2 ounces and come in a beautiful fabric wrapped case.

It has touch controls which make it easy to use and it also has a companion app. The bluetooth range is 30 feet and it has a battery life of 4 hours which isn’t great as you’ll likely only get up to 3.5 hours of use. However, even though it has these flaws, it is still a fantastic earbud due to the amazing audio quality and the price.


Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel Buds

This is actually a very new earbud, created by Google which gives it excellent Google integration. These earbuds are extremely comfortable and sit well on the ear and give rich sound that is mesmerizing. It has impressive 12 mm drivers that help create this dynamic and rich sound.

One of the great things about this earbud is that it gives you full access to the Google assistant along with its numerous commands. You can also easily pair these earbuds with just about any Android device very quickly and easily.

It has a battery life of 5 hours and an impressive bluetooth range of 300 feet. The design is quite modern which means that you’ll look as hip and cool as the youngsters!


Beats Powerbeats Pro

Beats Powerbeats Pro

If you’re looking for earbuds to use while out walking or getting in your necessary exercise then look no further than the Beats Powerbeats Pro. This is the absolute best earbuds to use for working out, especially as it is fully waterproof and has a great low profile design. Another defining feature of this particular earbuds is that it is a bit heavy on the bass, but it can also provide very balanced sound.

It comes with silicone tips which makes it very comfortable to wear and these tips come in small, medium and large so that you can choose the size that is right for you. These earbuds have a bluetooth range of 33 feet and a battery life of 9 hours which is a lot more than most of the other earbuds on this list.

The only issue with this earbud is that it has a bulky charging case. Other than that, it provides excellent value and comes in lots of bright colors such as lava red, spring yellow, glacier blue, cloud pink etc. This is particularly great for seniors as the bright colors will ensure you don’t easily misplace them.

Conclusion

We have just covered 7 of the best bluetooth earbuds for seniors. Each of the models listed above fulfill all the needs of any senior that may or may not be hard of hearing. They all provide excellent quality audio that will not only ensure you can easily hear but truly enjoy the sound.

If you think earbuds may be too complicated for you or a senior in your life, check out my guides to lightweight headphones for seniors and the best noise cancelling headphones for seniors.

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About Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS® 307 Articles
Assistive Technology Professional, Custom Wheelchair Specialist, Medical Equipment Guru, Dad and Grandfather
I am a lucky dad to four awesome daughters and grandfather to three pretty terrific grandkids. When not working as a custom wheelchair specialist at a regional home medical equipment company, I enjoy early morning runs and occasional kayak trips. I am also a self-admitted nerd who loves anything from the 1980's. Learn More

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