Hear notifications sounds on your “Made for iPhone” (MFI) hearing aids?

It is frustrating that these notifications keep on interrupting your audio while you are listening to something else or perhaps be on an important call.

Apple made this possible to allow you to hear the notifications now, unlike before. However, this has taken for the worse for some as it can be a source of frustration because it interrupts their activity on their phone. If you belong to the ones that are not happy about it, then this article is for you.

Our guide for today will help you fix your MFI hearing aids playing all notification sounds in your iOS 13. It includes workarounds and solutions you can use immediately to set up your iPhone or iPad notifications to the way you want to without the constant notification sounds ringing in your ears.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in.

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. Enable Silent Mode
  2. Disable App Notification Settings
  3. Disable Ringtones on Hearing Devices
  4. Change Sounds & Haptics Settings
  5. Set Audio Routing Settings
  6. Refresh Bluetooth Connection
  7. Restart MFI Hearing Aid and Pair Again
  8. Update to iOS 13.2.3 or Newer
  9. Contact Apple Support


 

How to Fix MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds in iOS 13: 9 Ways

 

1. Enable Silent Mode.

The most apparent workaround that you can do if you are experiencing this issue is to switch on the Silent mode on your device.

With this, you will not be bothered by notifications and their sounds from your device and applications. Of course, this includes the ones the work on your speakerphone and hearing aid. That means you can use the phone audio over Bluetooth with the use of your hearing aid.

To put your iPhone in Silent mode, you will have to move the switch beside the volume button so that orange is showing. You may refer to the following image below to see how this is done.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

By doing this, you won’t be hearing ringtones or alerts, but other sounds will play through your device’s speakers and hearing aid. When you are done with your activity, you can choose to turn it back to Ring mode with a flick of the switch. This will reenable all your notifications to be audible again.

 

 

2. Disable App Notification Settings.

Another workaround that you can use to manage your notifications is in the very settings of your iPhone or iPad. You have the option to disable application notifications, which will stop all notifications as well as their notification sounds from bombarding you.

The disadvantage to this, however, is that you will not be notified of any updates for that app on both your speakerphone and hearing aids. If you can work under this condition, then you can proceed with the process. 🙂

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings app.
  2. Then, find and tap the Notifications option.

iOS 13 Settings

 

  1. Now, choose the application on the list and toggle the switch for Allow Notifications.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

Note

Additionally, if you want to keep notifications but you just don’t want the sounds, then you can opt to turn off the Sounds option.

 

  1. Finally, repeat Step 3 to all other applications that you want notification disabled.

With the notifications turned off for your apps, it will not continue to interrupt the audio activity that you do over MFI hearing aid. You can always choose to reenable the notifications back by following the same set of steps above to get them back should you need the notifications.

 

 

3. Disable Ringtones on Hearing Devices.

Phone notifications and ringtones can remain audible even after you opt to disable the app notification settings. Apple has provided a way, particularly for accessibility devices, to control the ringtones and SMS notification that is heard. By disabling this setting, you will stop being disturbed by these audible sounds in your hearing aids.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings app.
  2. Then, tap the Accessibility option and the Hearing Devices option.

Accessibility Settings

 

  1. Finally, toggle the Play Ringtones switch to turn it OFF.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

With the ringtones disabled on your hearing devices, you will no longer be interrupted by them whenever you are trying to stream a video, listening to some music, or when you’re on the phone talking to someone. If you want to enable it back, you can refer to the same procedure above and turn back on the Play Ringtones setting.

 

 

4. Change Sounds & Haptics Settings.

If you don’t want to disable your iPhones native sound notifications entirely, then you can opt to adjust to minimize its volume. This is perfect if you’re fine with receiving notifications on your device, but you just want them not to be so loud.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings app.
  2. Then, tap the Sounds & Haptics option to view the audio sound settings.
  3. Next, you can adjust Ringer and Alerts volume using the volume button at the side of your device.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

  1. Finally, edit all available audio notifications of your iPhone under the Sounds and Vibration Patterns section with your acceptable preference.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

As aforementioned, having this configuration is helpful if you still want to remain to be notified with but without being too bothersome. Try it and let us know down below on how it works for you. 🙂

 

 

5. Set Audio Routing Settings.

It’s equally important that your call and media audio is routed to the correct devices. Meaning, you will want to ensure that any incoming calls or media playback from your iPhone/iPad is connected to your hearing aids correctly to prevent any unnecessary audio noise.  You can do this on the Audio Routing setting on your iPhone.

Here’s how:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings of your iPhone running on iOS 13.
  2. Then, tap the Accessibility option and then tap the Touch option.
  3. Next, scroll at the bottom section of the screen and then tap the Call Audio Routing option.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

  1. Finally, tap the Bluetooth Headset option to route call audio to your MFI Hearing Aid.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds.

 

 

6. Refresh Bluetooth Connection.

It’s common to find after you edit the settings of your device, you may wonder why the changes are not immediately taking effect.

This happens because the settings are pre-loaded or cached for faster response on startup connection. Meaning, for the change in settings to come into effect, you may require a restart of the device or a refresh of the Bluetooth connection to allow for updating.

Here’s what you do:

  1. First, open the Control Center on your iPhone and tap on the Bluetooth icon. If it’s enabled, tap on the icon and disable it.

Control Center iOS 13

 

  1. Then go to the Settings app, tap on Accessibility, and then tap on the Accessibility Shortcut option.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

  1. From there, find your MFI Hearing Aid label and check if a checkmark is visible. If the checkmark is visible, that means that it is enabled. Tap the label to undo the checkmark to disable it.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

  1. Go back to the Control Center, then tap on the Bluetooth icon to enable it again.
  2. Finally, do Steps 2 and 3 again, and this time, tap the label of your MFI Hearing Aid to enable it again.

After refreshing your Bluetooth connection with your MFI hearing aids, you should be able to find the solutions you’ve tried from this post take effect and work according to the way you had them set up.

 

 

7. Restart MFI Hearing Aid and Pair Again.

If the previous method did not work, it is possible that the settings on the network level may be corrupted. To fix it, you will have to turn off your MFI hearing aid by opening the battery lid of the device and then pair it again to your iPhone or iPad so you can use it again.

According to Apple Support, here’s how you can you do the complete process:

  1. First, make sure that Bluetooth is on. If not, open the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad and tap on the Bluetooth icon.
  2. Then, open the lid of the battery on your hearing device to turn it OFF.
  3. Next, go back to your iPhone/iPad and open the Settings.
  4. Tap on the Accessibility option, then tap the Hearing option and select Hearing Devices.
  5. Now close the battery lid on your hearing device and check your iPhone/iPad, for it will search for your hearing device.
  6. Finally, under the MFI Hearing Devices section, tap the name of your hearing device and choose Pair in the pairing request message prompt.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

After this process, check the MFI Hearing Devices with a checkmark so you can start using it immediately. Your updated settings on your iPhone/iPad with regards to your audio will also take effect.

 

 

8. Update to iOS 13.2.3 or Newer.

At the time of this writing, Apple has released a new iOS version (iOS 13.2.3) that has shown to have resolved this issue for some users. These users posted their confirmation on the Apple Support Community page.

Now before you go ahead and update your iOS version, make sure to back up your iPhone first using iCloud or your computer. Once done, you may proceed with the below steps to update your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s how you can update your iPhone or iPad to the latest version:

  1. First, make sure your iPhone/iPad is plugged into a stable power source and connected to the internet using Wi-Fi.
  2. Then, go to Settings, then General, and then choose Software Update.

MFI Hearing Aids Playing All Notification Sounds

 

  1. Now, choose and tap Download and Install. If prompted that you will be temporarily removing apps because of space requirements for the update, tap Continue. Don’t worry. iOS will reinstall apps that it removed after the process.
  2. Tap Install to proceed with the process immediately. Or you can choose to tap Later where you can choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you choose Install Tonight, just plug your device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
  3. Finally, enter your passcode if applicable.

iOS 13.3.1 Update

 

Once the update is complete, you can test using your hearing aids to see if the notifications sounds are still playing. Hopefully, the update does the job for you. If not, you will need to follow up with the next method and get in touch with Apple.

 

 

9. Contact Apple Support.

If none of the above methods worked for you, then we highly suggest that you reach out to Apple either via the phone or in-person to have both your device and your hearing aids checked to see if there are any faults.

Some of the users are also not happy with the new iOS 13.2.3 update as it takes away the ability for users to hear their notifications in their MFI hearing aids altogether, as mentioned in the Apple Support Community page. If you are one of them or you prefer to share the topic that is discussed in this post, then write feedback to Apple Developers. Apple does actively read the feedback and may follow up with you should they require more information to address the issue. The more of us we report the issue, the higher the chances that a new update is released with the necessary fixes.

Apple Feedback for iPhone

 

However, if you have a hard time doing this on your own, you can always go to your nearest Apple Store for help. There are Apple-certified technicians who can help you check your MFI hearing aid configuration and iPhone set up. But be sure to check everything works on how you would like to be set up before leaving the store.

And this wraps up our guide on how to fix your MFI hearing aids playing all notification sounds issue in iOS 13. We hope that you have found this article helpful in search of a fix. If you have questions related to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.

 

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