Can I Put in my Hearing Aids While I’m Wearing my Glasses?

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Is it possible to comfortably wear hearing aids while you are also wearing your glasses, despite the fact that the two don’t seem very agreeable? If you are thinking about a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, this typical question is even more relevant. Is it even possible to wear them both and still be comfortable? The answer is yes.

There are some things, for those people who wear glasses, to think about before they buy new hearing aids, though. Here’s what you have to know when it comes to wearing hearing aids and glasses, together.

What Style of Hearing Aids Will Work Best for Your Situation?

There are quite a few things, in general, to look at when purchasing new hearing aids. You can get hearing aids in many shapes, styles, and sizes. If you like fancy colors, you can get that too. The point is, the days of having to wear hearing aids like your grandpa did is gone.

The first step is to find out what kinds of hearing aids are available. They divide into three basic categories:

  • 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 right into the opening of the ear canal with nothing sitting behind the ear.
  • 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 style, the main section of the device mounts directly behind the ear with clear tubing that connects to an earmold sitting in the opening of the ear canal. Open-fit models are essentially the same setup but 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 problems. The features of your new hearing aid should be considered after deciding on a style.

Considering The Different Features

When shopping, it’s the features that should be your primary concern not the shape of the hearing aid. Evolving hearing aid technology is causing features to change all of the time. Watch for some of these common ones:

  • T-coil – This feature permits you to hear better while using a land-line phone. T-coil technology is helpful when you are listening to people talk through a speaker like at a bingo game or at the movies.
  • Noise reduction – Filters out background noise by amplifying one channel to enhance speech.
  • Directional microphone – This will help pinpoint the sound you need to hear when you are in a noisy location. 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.

Determining the right features to fit your lifestyle is the objective. Then the style of the hearing aid can be selected.

What if You Want BTE Hearing Aids?

BTE hearing aids can be worn while your wearing glasses. The secret is to wear both of these important accessories correctly, so they fit comfortably. Here are some tips:

  • Your hearing aid should be put on only after you put on your glasses. You can maneuver your hearing aid around the arm of your glasses which is a little more rigid. After positioning the hearing aid, look in a mirror to be sure it’s not hanging off your outer ear.
  • Pick the correct size BTE before you make a purchase. Despite the fact that it’s a little bulky, the traditional version will still work with glasses. The other option is a relatively new style called mini BTE. Reduced feedback and enhanced comfort are gained by making the behind the ear part smaller. The only certain way to know which one will be best for you is to try them both out.
  • Pulling your glasses off in a forward motion, with both hands, is something you should work on until it’s a habit. It will take a little time before you form a habit of taking them off this way. The practice will be reinforced each time you knock off your hearing aid.

ITE and ITC styles are the only choices for those that can’t wear a BTE device with their glasses. BTE devices will be a hassle if, for example, you take off your glasses a lot. Children will typically have problems with this kind of hearing aid and also adults with small ears. Which style is best for you can be determined if you schedule an appointment with a hearing aid specialist and make use of the free trial. Whether or not you can wear both will be evident after you try them out.

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