If I Have a Hearing Aid in, Can I Still Comfortably Put on my Glasses?

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Hearing aids and glasses don’t seem to go too well with one another, but sometimes both are needed. So how can you make them work? This common question is particularly 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.

If you wear glasses, there are a few things to consider when getting hearing aids. Use these suggestions to be sure your hearing aids and glasses work well together.

What Style of Hearing Aids Are Best for Your Situation?

Even if you don’t wear glasses, there’s a lot to consider when investing in new hearing aids. Shape, size, and style are all personalizations that are readily available. If you like cool colors, you can get that also. The point is, the days of having to wear hearing aids like your grandpa did is over.

Begin the process by really understanding what kinds of hearing aids are out there. 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 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 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 directly into the opening of the ear canal and has nothing mounted behind the ear.

If you wear glasses, you can keep away from a lot of issues with ITE and ITC models. The features of your new hearing aid should be considered after deciding on a style.

Considering The Different Features

It’s really the features not the shape of the hearing aid that should be your main consideration when researching. Evolving hearing aid technology is causing features to change all of the time. Some common ones to watch for include:

  • T-coil – This feature permits 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 at the movies.
  • Noise reduction – Filters out background noise by amplifying one channel to augment speech.
  • Directional microphone – This will help pinpoint the sound you need to hear when you are in a noisy spot. For instance, if someone is talking to you at a cafe, you can hear their speech easily in spite of the noise around you.

Identifying the right features to suit your lifestyle is the goal. Then the style of the hearing aid can be selected.

Can You Even Use BTE Hearing Aids With Glasses?

BTE hearing aids can be worn while your wearing glasses. If you want them to fit together comfortably you have to wear both of these essential accessories the right way. Here are some tips:

  • Get used to putting on your glasses first and then your hearing aids. You can work the placement of your hearing aid around the arm of your glasses which is a little more rigid. To be certain that the hearing aid isn’t hanging from your outer ear, after you place it, check in the mirror.
  • Think about the size of the BTE hearing aids before purchasing. There is the standard version, which can be a little bit bulky but can still work with glasses. A newer style option is the mini BTE. Because the behind the ear portion is smaller, you get greater comfort and less feedback. You have to try both styles out to see which one works best.
  • Practice removing your glasses by pulling them forward with both hands instead of pulling them up with one. It will take some time before you get into the habit of removing them like this. When you forget to use this motion you will knock off your hearing aid and that will help reinforce the practice.

ITE and ITC styles will be the only possibilities for those who can’t use a BTE device with their glasses. If you of your glasses frequently, as an example, a BTE device will be a real inconvenience. 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. Use this trial to see if you can wear both or not.

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