True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds: IQbuds Review

Apple has some serious competition for true wireless Bluetooth earbuds with the IQbuds ($269.99–$299) from Nuheara. Like the AirPods, the iQbuds are wireless Bluetooth earbuds that deliver high fidelity audio, but Nuheara go further than Apple does. In addition to music, these Bluetooth earbuds offer Speech Amplification, which can be a great alternative to expensive hearing aids. While the IQbuds are about $300, hearing aids can cost ten times that amount.

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The IQbuds also offer Dynamic Noise Control and Audio Transparency. These features allow you to tune in or tune out noises around you. If you're wearing these while walking or bicycling, that's important so you can hear cars and people in addition to music.


Nuheara has a free companion app that lets you customize the IQbuds' performance for different locations and activities. The IQbuds have a feature called Custom Tap Touch. You can quickly answer calls and make adjustments. Despite their diminutive size and impressive features, the IQbuds manage to deliver 4 hours on a single charge or 16–32 hours of battery life when the wearer makes use of the compact charging case.


  • Speech Amplification
  • Dynamic Noise Control
  • Audio Transparency
  • Custom Tap Touch
  • 16–32 hours of battery life


  • Expensive

Final Verdict

If you are looking for earbuds and you could benefit from hearing assistance, definitely consider the IQbuds from Nuheara. 

iPhone Life Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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