Is it feasible to comfortably wear hearing aids at the same time as you are wearing your glasses, despite the fact that the two don’t seem very compatible? How to wear both is a question that comes up a lot, especially if you are considering behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. The question is, can I wear them both comfortably? Yes is the answer.
If you wear glasses, there are certain things to think about when investing in hearing aids. Learn the secrets to wearing glasses and hearing aids at the same time.
Choosing The Hearing Aids Which Best Serve Your Needs
There are a lot of things, in general, to consider when purchasing new hearing aids. You can get hearing aids in many shapes, sizes, and styles. If you like stylish colors, you can get that too. Today’s advanced hearing aids are a lot better than your grandpa’s.
The first thing to do is to learn what types of hearing aids are on the market. They break down into three basic categories:
- 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 resting in the opening of the ear canal. Open-fit versions are basically the same setup but without the earmold.
- In-the-canal (ITC) – This style is very much like the ITE model but it sits deeper into the ear, making them almost invisible.
- In-the-ear (ITE) – As the name suggests, this format of hearing aid fits directly into the opening of the ear canal with nothing mounted behind the ear.
There are positives and negatives to each style, but if you wear glasses, ITE and ITC hearing aids will save you from a lot of problems. You can go over the many features of a new hearing aid, but first, you need to choose the right style.
Understanding The Different Features
Ultimately, it’s really the features that should drive your choice as you shop for hearing aids, not the shape. Features are changing all of the time as hearing aid technology improves. Watch for some of these common ones:
- Directional microphone – This will help pinpoint the sound you need to hear while you are in a noisy space. For example, if someone is talking to you at a restaurant, you will be able to hear their speech clearly despite the noise around you.
- Noise reduction – Filters out background noise by amplifying one channel to augment speech.
- T-coil – This function permits you to hear better while using a land-line phone. T-coil technology is helpful if you are listening to people talk through a speaker like at a bingo game or at the movies.
Your aim is to determine the ideal set of features and functions to fit your lifestyle. After that picking out the style should be easy.
What if You Want BTE Hearing Aids?
It is possible to wear BTE hearing aids at the same time as glasses. If you want them to be comfortable you need to wear both of these important accessories the correct way. Here are some tips:
- First put on your glasses, then put in your hearing aid. 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. To be certain that the hearing aid isn’t hanging off your outer ear, after you position it, look in the mirror.
- Practice removing your glasses by pulling them forward with both hands instead of pulling them up with one. It’s going to take time to make this movement a habit. The practice will be reinforced every time you knock off your hearing aid.
- Before you make a purchase look closely at the size of the BTE. Although it’s a little bulky, the traditional version will still work with glasses. A newer style choice is the mini BTE. The part that goes behind the ear is a lot smaller for enhanced comfort and to reduce the feedback that you sometimes have with the BTE models. Either one will work with glasses but see which style fits you best.
ITE and ITC styles are the only possibilities for those who can’t use a BTE device with their glasses. BTE devices will be a big problem if, for instance, you take your glasses off a lot. Children and people with really small ears tend to struggle with this combination, too. If you schedule an appointment with a hearing aid professional you can get a free trial period to see which style fits your lifestyle. Trying out the different styles is the only way you will know which style works best for you.