Is it even possible to comfortably wear hearing aids while you are also wearing your glasses, even though the two don’t seem very harmonious? This common question is specifically true if you are considering a behind-the-ear (BTE) model. Is it even possible to wear them both and still be comfortable? The answer is yes.
People who wear glasses should think about a few things before investing in new hearing aids. Learn the secrets to wearing glasses and hearing aids at the same time.
What Style of Hearing Aids Will Work Best for Your Needs?
There is a lot to consider when you shop for hearing aids, whether you wear glasses or not. Hearing aids come in all Styles, sizes, and shapes. You can even get a stylish color if you want. Modern hearing aids are not like the ones that grandpa wore.
Understanding exactly what kind of hearing aids are available is the way to start the search. They break down into three basic categories:
- In-the-ear (ITE) – As the name implies, this format of hearing aid fits directly into the opening of the ear canal with nothing mounted behind the ear.
- In-the-canal (ITC) – This style is very much like the ITE model but it sits deeper inside the ear, making them pretty much invisible.
- Behind-the-ear (BTE) – This is an older style of hearing aid, but today’s version of this technology is way more advanced. With this style, the main section of the device mounts right behind the ear with clear tubing that connects to an earmold sitting in the opening of the ear canal. Open-fit versions are basically the same setup except without the earmold.
There are advantages and drawbacks to each style, but if you wear glasses, ITE and ITC hearing aids will save you from a lot of issues. You can go over the many features of a new hearing aid, but first, you need to decide on the right style.
Understanding The Features
When shopping, it’s the features that should be your primary concern not the shape of the hearing aid. Hearing aid technology is evolving all the time, so features constantly change. Watch for some of these common ones:
- T-coil – This feature allows you to hear better while talking on a land-line phone. T-coil technology is helpful when you are listening to people talk through a speaker like at church or on the radio.
- Directional microphone – This will help pinpoint the sound you need to hear when you are in a noisy spot. For example, if someone is talking to you at a party, you will be able to hear their words clearly in spite of the noise around you.
- Noise reduction – Filters out background noise by amplifying one channel to augment speech.
Identifying the best features to suit your lifestyle is the goal. Then the style of the hearing aid can be chosen.
Can You Even Use BTE Hearing Aids With Glasses?
BTE hearing aids can be worn with glasses. If you want them to fit together comfortably you need to wear both of these important accessories the correct way. Here are some tips:
- Think about the size of the BTE hearing aids before buying. Despite the fact that it’s a little bit bulky, the traditional version will still work with glasses. A newer style choice is the mini BTE. Because the behind the ear part is smaller, you get improved comfort and less feedback. Either one will work fine with glasses but see which style fits you best.
- Your hearing aid should be put in after you put on your glasses. Positioning of the hearing aid unit is a little bit more flexible so you can maneuver it around the arm of the glasses to make it comfortable. After positioning the hearing aid, look in the mirror to be certain it’s not hanging from your outer ear.
- Using both hands, and in a forward motion, practice taking off your glasses. It will take time to make this movement a habit. If you forget to do this motion you will knock off your hearing aid and that will reinforce the practice.
ITE and ITC styles are the only options for those who can’t wear a BTE device with their glasses. As an example, if you take off your glasses a lot, BTE devices will be a much greater burden. Children will commonly have trouble with this kind of hearing aid and also adults with small ears. If you schedule an appointment with a hearing aid professional you can get a free trial period to find out which style fits your lifestyle. Trying the different styles is the only way you will know which style works best for you.