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Is it possible to comfortably wear hearing aids at the same time as you are wearing your glasses, even though the two don’t seem very compatible? If you are considering a behind-the-ear (BTE) device, this common question is even more relevant. Is it even possible to wear them both and still be comfortable? Yes is the answer.

People who wear glasses need to think about some things before purchasing 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 quite a few things, in general, to consider when buying new hearing aids. You can get hearing aids in many sizes, shapes, and styles. They even offer them in fancy colors if you like that sort of thing. Modern high tech hearing aids are not the same as the ones that grandpa wore.

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

  • In-the-ear (ITE) – As the name indicates, this format of hearing aid fits directly into the opening of the ear canal and has 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 much more advanced. With this style, 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 versions 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 inside the ear, making them nearly invisible.

ITE and ITC models will allow people who wear glasses to avoid many pitfalls. The features of your new hearing aid should be considered after deciding on a style.

Understanding The Different Features

It’s really the features not the shape of the hearing aid that should be your main concern when researching. Features are changing all of the time as hearing aid technology improves. Some common ones to look for include:

  • T-coil – This function allows you to hear better while using a land-line phone. T-coil technology is effective 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 helps pinpoint the sound you need to hear while you are in a noisy place. For example, if someone is talking to you at a party, you will be able to hear their words easily despite the noise around you.

Identifying the right features to fit your lifestyle is the objective. Then the style of the hearing aid can be decided on.

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 fit together comfortably you need to wear both of these important accessories the correct way. Here are some tips:

  • Get in the habit of putting your glasses on first and then your hearing aids. The position of your glasses arm is more rigid than your hearing aid so it’s more difficult to adjust. To be certain that the hearing aid isn’t hanging off your outer ear, after you place it, check in the mirror.
  • Pulling your glasses off in a forward motion, using both hands, is something you should practice until it becomes a habit. Taking them off like this won’t become a habit immediately. When you forget to do this motion you will knock off your hearing aid and that will help reinforce the practice.
  • Choose the appropriate size BTE before you commit to a purchase. Even though it’s a little bulky, the traditional version will still work with glasses. The mini BTE is a relatively new option. The part that goes behind the ear is a lot smaller for increased comfort and also to reduce the feedback that you sometimes get with the BTE devices. Either one will work fine with glasses but see which style fits you best.

ITE and ITC styles are the only choices for those who can’t use a BTE device with their glasses. For instance, if you take off your glasses a lot, BTE devices will be a much bigger hassle. Children and people with smaller ears will have difficulty with this combination, too. Which style is best for you can be determined if you schedule an appointment with a hearing aid specialist and take advantage of the free trial. Use this time to see if you can wear both or not.

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