Hearing aids and glasses don’t appear to go very well with one another, but often times both are necessary. So what can you do to make them get along? This common question is especially true if you are thinking about a behind-the-ear (BTE) model. People often question whether they can work together comfortably. The answer is yes.
If you wear glasses, there are a few things to consider when buying hearing aids. Learn the secrets to wearing glasses and hearing aids at the same time.
There Are Several Types of Hearing Aids That May Work For Your Needs
There is a lot to think about when you shop for hearing aids, even when you don’t happen to wear glasses. Styles, sizes, and shapes are all personalizations that are readily available. If you like stylish colors, you can get that also. Modern hearing aids are not like the ones that grandpa used.
The first thing to do is to determine what kinds of hearing aids are available. 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 far more advanced. With this model, the main section of the device sits right behind the ear with clear tubing that connects to an earmold sitting in the opening of the ear canal. Open-fit models are pretty much the same setup except without the earmold.
- In-the-canal (ITC) – This style is a lot like the ITE model but it sits deeper into the ear, making them nearly invisible.
- In-the-ear (ITE) – As the name implies, this format of hearing aid fits right into the opening of the ear canal and has nothing mounted behind the ear.
There are pros and cons to each style, but if you wear glasses, ITE and ITC hearing aids will save you from a lot of issues. The features of your new hearing aid should be reviewed after choosing a style.
Learning About The Features
Ultimately, it’s really the features that should drive your decision as you look for hearing aids, not the shape. Features are changing all of the time as hearing aid technology evolves. Some common ones to watch for include:
- Directional microphone – This helps pinpoint the sound you need to hear when you are in a noisy space. For example, if someone is talking to you at a restaurant, you will be able to hear their words clearly despite the noise around you.
- Noise reduction – Filters out background noise by amplifying one channel to enhance speech.
- T-coil – This feature permits you to hear better while using a land-line phone. T-coil technology is effective if you are listening to people talk through a speaker like at church or on the radio.
Determining the ideal features to suit your lifestyle is the aim. Then the style of the hearing aid can be decided on.
Wearing BTE Hearing Aids With Glasses
Glasses and BTE hearing aids absolutely can be worn together. The secret is to wear both of these important accessories in the correct way, so they are comfortable. Here are some tips:
- Your hearing aid should be put in after you put on your glasses. You can work the placement of your hearing aid around the arm of your glasses which is a little more rigid. To be sure that the hearing aid isn’t hanging from your outer ear, after you position it, check in the mirror.
- Before you make a purchase look closely at the size of the BTE. There is the standard version, which can be a little bit bulky but will still work with glasses. The other option is a relatively new style called mini BTE. Because the behind the ear part is smaller, you get greater comfort and a reduced amount of feedback. The only certain way to tell which one will be best for you is to try them both out.
- Pulling your glasses off in a forward motion, using both hands, is something you should work on until it becomes a habit. It will take some time to make this movement a habit. Every time you knock off your hearing aids, though, will help to develop the practice.
There are some people that will need to stay with ITE or ITC devices. BTE devices will be a big problem if, for example, you take off your glasses a lot. This combination will also be a hassle for people with small ears and for children. Most reputable hearing aid sellers offer a trial period, so schedule an appointment to see what device is the right one for you. Use this time to see if you can wear both or not.