Bose Hearphones



Hear better

For years, Bose has been dedicated to helping you hear every note of your music. Now, we want to help you hear every word of your conversations. Bose Hearphones are conversation-enhancing headphones that are specially designed to help you hear in louder environments. Active Noise Reduction makes any conversation in a noisy place easier and more comfortable, taking the edge off the noisy world. Focus on the voices you want to hear—and filter out the noises you don’t—so you can comfortably hear every word. From now on, how you hear is up to you.

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Live listening made better

Maybe dampening the noise around you will do it. Or perhaps you want to amplify the voice of a soft-spoken friend in a loud restaurant. Hearphones allow you to customize the sound around you for the best experience.

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Turn down the noise for everything except what’s in front of you.

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When it’s loud, tune in to who you want to hear.

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When you prefer a different volume than others when watching TV together.

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Live performance or streamed—you control the sound.


    Our Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology, also found in QuietControl 30 headphones, is key to taking the edge off a noisy world. Well, that plus two directional microphones in each earbud to help you focus on the voices you want to hear—and filter out the noises you don’t. All so you can comfortably hear every word. And with other special controls built in, listening to music or other content on a smartphone is made better, too.

    Lightweight neckband

    Contoured to conform to your body. And designed with soft materials to stay comfortable all day.

    StayHear+ tips

    They fit securely in your ear and also form a gentle seal for additional passive noise reduction. S/M/L tips are included so you can find the best fit.

    5-button remote

    Take/end calls, skip/pause tracks and control volume of your streamed content without reaching for your device. Controls World Volume and microphone Directivity, too.

    Battery life

    Up to 10 hours per full charge on average.

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    Control your surroundings

    Yes, you can control the Bose Hearphones World Volume and microphone Directivity with the buttons on the headset. But the free Bose Hear app offers a deeper level of customized control that really makes a difference. Bass and treble controls allow you to optimize real-world sound by making everything you hear brighter or deeper—your choice. With Music and call boost, you can emphasize the high frequencies to hear your Bluetooth® content more clearly. And with Ear balance, you can individually adjust each earbud to what sounds best—even turn one off. LEARN MORE

    Hearphones with a smartphone displaying the World Volume and Treble levels of the Bose Hear app

    And they’re wireless, too

    Bose Hearphones are engineered with Bluetooth and NFC pairing, so connecting to your devices wirelessly is quick and easy. A 5-button inline remote lets you take/end calls, skip/pause tracks and control volume of your streamed content without reaching for your device. You can also initiate voice commands like Siri or your Google Assistant via the multi-function button. The buttons on the side of the remote control World Volume and microphone Directivity.

    Close up of the multi-function button and a man using Hearphones with his smartphone

    Secure, comfortable fit

    Getting the right fit for your Bose Hearphones is important to the product’s performance. So StayHear+ tips come in three sizes (S, M, L) so you can ensure a comfortable experience. They fit securely in your ear and also form a gentle seal for additional passive noise reduction.

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    Music shines, too

    If you’re choosing premium headphones, you expect premium sound. Bose Hearphones deliver, highlighting the nuances of your music in clear, crisp fashion. And volume-dependent EQ complements the World Volume setting to provide better sounding music at any level.

    Try Hearphones in store

    Ready to hear the world on your terms? Find one of our select stores to experience Bose Hearphones.


    Dimensions/weight without the cable

    • Headphones:6" H x 6.5" W x 0.75" D (2.25 oz)
    • Case:6.5" H x 6.75" W x 1.4" D
    • USB cable:12"

    Additional details

    • Bluetooth range: 33 ft (10 m)
    • Battery charging time: Less than 3 hours
    • Battery life: Up to 10 hours per full charge on average


    • Hearphones conversation-enhancing headphones
    • Carrying case
    • 3 sizes of StayHear+ tips: S, M, L
    • USB charging cable
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bose Hearphones initial review... First some background. I am male and age 51. I have been slowly noticing that my hearing has been getting worse over the last two years. I have not been to an audiologist, but plan to sometime later this year. I suspect that I have mild to moderate hearing loss in the upper frequencies. Probably mild hearing loss in the mid frequencies. I need to turn the TV volume up 15% higher in order to hear the dialog in most movies. I have trouble following normal conversation in crowded and loud settings. I have Tinnitus but it is only noticeable when there are quiet times in my day and night. I use thunderstorms I am looking forward to OTC hearing devices and was happy to hear that Bose has FDA approval for one. In the meantime, I am trying the Bose hear phones and this review is about how they have impressed and failed in the first 48 hours of use. I have used Bose noise cancelling headphones for business and personal flights and really enjoy the quality of the noise cancellation. My overall current sense after 48 hours is that I will keep these Hearphones as the pros outweigh the cons and the future potential issues. I will post an update when I approach the 30 day mark and have had more experience. Pros: • I can now hear the upper register of sounds again and it is wonderful. I did not know what I was missing. • The battery life seems spot on I went 8 hours and had 20% charge remaining. • I do not normally like ear buds, but these are comfortable so far. • The quality of noise cancellation is excellent. I was at an annual holiday party where the music gets to 95 dB on average. Last year I could not hear anything and went hoarse from talking loudly and had to move to the vestibule for the last hour. This year I was able to hear all the conversations with no problem even when the music was cranked up, I just lowered the world setting and increased the treble a bit. • Thus far I have been out in the wind of about 15 MPH and get no feedback or whistling at all. Even facing into the wind. • I like the user interface in the iPhone app, but I think an advanced version with an equalizer look and feel would be easier to tune as I have had problems with that process with just the two dials method. Cons: • As others have noted the collar seems a necessary evil. I suppose it is required for the battery, but it can be cumbersome to keep straight without a collared shirt. I wear collars to work, but T-Shirts around the house. The collar has gotten turned around a couple of times when putting on a coat or jacket to go out of the house. • As mentioned by others I noticed that others hear me speaking lower now and sometimes need to strain themselves to hear me speaking normal because there is not good feedback of my own voice. • I have also noticed that eating anything “crunchy” like croutons, Peanuts, Potatoes Chips I get massive feedback through my jaw bones to my inner ear which gets amplified I would estimate 3 times louder. • When there is a sudden change in pressure that would normally not cause sound this can be interpreted as sound and is quite loud at times, for example when I get into a vehicle and I or a passenger closes their door normally it causes a low booming sound. • The iPhone app has a widget that is nice, but I would like to be able to select profiles from the widget also. Future Potential Issues: • I normally use the cups over the ears like the QC15. I have not had a long term use of the earphones yet which are generally comfortable, but I already have had to take them out of my ears a couple of times after 3+ hours to eliminate some moisture building up inside my ears where normally the ear canals are open to air to dry after a shower or swim. • The built-in battery, if like other consumer electronics, may begin to degrade in longevity of charge after some indeterminate time. I can keep my cell phone on charge often while travelling as I do not use it all the time, but turning off the Hearphones to charge them means I lose the ability to hear as well during that charging time. I am uncertain at this early stage, but this could become an issue.
    Date published: 2019-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features the sound is good the sound I bought a month and the experiency Was good only the design in the nick is Uncomfortable
    Date published: 2019-01-05
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    What are Bose Hearphones?

    Bose Hearphones are the first headphones designed to improve live listening in environments where you may have difficulty understanding conversations, like noisy places or when watching television with someone who prefers a different volume. The headphones have special controls to improve live listening (World Volume, Bass and Treble, Ear Balance and Directivity).

    Like the QuietControl 30 wireless headphones, Bose Hearphones are also Bluetooth in-ear headphones with Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology. The headphones have special controls to make listening to music or other smartphone content better.

    Are Bose Hearphones a hearing aid?

    Bose Hearphones are not a hearing aid, they are not a medical device. We believe there are many people who are not hearing aid candidates who would like to enhance their ability to have conversations in noisy environments—whether for comfort or clarity. Hearphones fall into a category of products called 'Personal Sound Amplification Products' (PSAPs).

    Can Bose Hearphones be used with an app?

    Yes. Bose Hearphones are designed to be used with the Bose Hear app. The app is currently available worldwide on the App Store and Google Play store, in English only. While there are unique product features that can only be accessed with the app, core Bose Hearphones functions work independent of the app.

    What is the difference between Bose Hearphones and QuietControl 30 wireless headphones?

    Bose Hearphones differ in important ways from QuietControl 30 wireless headphones:

    • Bose Hearphones uniquely improve live-voice listening
    • The two buttons on the side of the 5-button controller do different but similar things:
      - On the Bose Hearphones, the ▲ (top button) increases the loudness of the outside world, and the ▼ (bottom button) reduces the loudness of the outside world. This feature is called “World Volume” because the buttons increase and decrease the loudness of the world
      - On the QuietControl 30 wireless headphones, the ▲ (top button) increases the amount of noise cancelling, and the ▼ (bottom button) decreases the amount of noise cancelling
    • The Bose Hear app is an integral part of the product, with unique features only accessible through it. While Bose Hearphones are designed to be used with the Bose Hear app, they are also compatible with the Bose Connect app for basic functions. QuietControl 30 wireless headphones are compatible with the Bose Connect app only
    • The 5-button controller is located closer to the neck component on the Bose Hearphones than it is for the QuietControl 30 headphones to make it less obtrusive in social situations

    What tablets or smartphones are compatible with Bose Hearphones and the Bose Hear app?

    The Bose Hear app works with Bluetooth 2.1 and is compatible with Apple iOS 10 or newer and Android 4.4 (KitKat) or newer.

    What is World Volume?

    World Volume is the primary controller for Bose Hearphones. Just like the volume setting on your phone controls the loudness of your music, podcast and phone calls, the World Volume setting controls the loudness of live voices, TV and other environmental sounds. You can adjust the World Volume so that it’s just right for you.

    The World Volume can be adjusted on your Hearphones inline controls or by using the app. All World Volume settings use Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology.

    • Above “0,” the Bose Hearphones will amplify the environment in a special way: Quiet sounds are amplified more than loud sounds so that all sounds can be heard but none are uncomfortable. This is helpful when the customer needs to hear conversation in acoustically challenging environments
    • At “0,” the environment will sound as loud as it would if the Bose Hearphones weren’t worn
    • Below “0,” the Bose Hearphones will reduce sounds in the environment. This is useful so that the customer can escape loud environmental sounds and either focus on their smartphone content or just enjoy the quiet

    What is Bass and treble?

    Bass and treble adjustments on the Bose Hear app can optimize live listening, making sounds deeper (more bass) or brighter (more treble). This adjustment does not apply to streamed sounds coming from your smartphone.

    What is microphone Directivity?

    The microphones within Hearphones earbuds can be configured via the Bose Hear app or from the buttons on the side of the inline remote. You can focus on sounds in front, like in a conversation across a table, or all around, like when walking through a park. When focused on the front, sounds in front will be the same loudness, but the noises all around will be quieter so that overall the sound environment will be quieter. This will make a conversation with someone across a table in a loud environment setting more intelligible and more comfortable.

    What is Ear balance?

    The Ear balance control lets you set the left and right ear differently. Once set differently, the other controls will maintain the difference. Ear balance is controlled on the Bose Hear app.

    What is Boost?

    The Boost control provides special emphasis on high-frequency content from your smartphone, such as treble/high-pitched sounds in music or consonants in spoken podcasts and phone calls. The amount of boost can be reduced or turned off in the app.

    How are Bose Hearphones charged? And how long will they take to charge?

    Bose Hearphones can be charged using the USB cable supplied in the box. Just plug the micro-USB into the neckband and the USB into the USB port on a computer or a wall charger (sold separately). Allow up to three hours for the headphones to fully charge. (If the battery is depleted, a quick 15-minute charge provides approximately one hour of play time.) While charging, the power status indicator will flash amber. Once fully charged, the power status indicator light will turn solid green.

    What is the typical battery life per charge?

    Up to 10 hours per full charge on average.

    Can Bose Hearphones be used for music even if the battery is depleted?

    No. Bose Hearphones come with a USB cable that allows the headphones to be charged from your PC/laptop or wall charger. Please note the PC or laptop must be on and “awake” in order to charge over USB.

    Why are there three pairs of ear tips?

    Three different sizes of StayHear+ tips are included so you can select the size most appropriate and most comfortable for you. You should experiment to find the best fit for your ears and may find that having a different size for each ear is most comfortable. Typically, most adults will prefer the medium-size tips.



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