Some people feel apprehensive of the idea of wearing a hearing aid with their glasses, as they are afraid it would be uncomfortable or may cause disruption for the use of either. Wearing hearing aids and glasses, however, is a popular combination especially for the elderly, as they often need both to cope with normally daily activities. Making the right choice of spectacle frames and hearing aid type and being careful when putting both on will guarantee that you will not experience any problems.
Hearing aids come in a variety of models and shapes. The most popular types are behind the ear, in the ear, in the canal and completely in the canal. The last three pose no problem with wearing glasses as their whole bodies go in the ear (outer part or ear canal). Behind the ear hearing aids may cause some discomfort if not sited correctly but that in no way means that they are not a good choice for glasses wearers.
Many people who suffer from both hearing and visual problems would like to hide one of them and feel uneasy when their aid is visible. That is why some opt for very small and discreet hearing aids or choose contact lenses instead of spectacles. While this may be convenient for certain people, it is not a universal solution. There are different options for comfortably wearing both glasses and hearing aids depending on preference, type of hearing loss and hearing aid and glasses frames.
These types of hearing aids are positioned either in the ear bowl (in the ear hearing aids) or in the ear canal. Except for completely in the canal hearing aids, in the ear and in the canal hearing aids can be slightly visible from the side. These hearing aids are very appropriate for people who look for the smallest possible device that will be invisible to others. They cause no problems with spectacles but may not be a good choice if you have severe hearing loss, as they are suitable mainly for mild and moderate hearing impairment.
Some people may find it strange to combine behind the ear hearing aids with glasses as it clear that this may result in problems. However, with the recent development of behind the ear hearing aids, their smaller size and models such as open fit, they have become a favourite choice for the vast majority. Moreover, behind the ear hearing aids are suitable for all ages, all degrees of hearing impairment and due to their larger sized batteries endure much longer.
Wearing glasses with behind the ear hearing aids is not problematic if you are cautious when putting them on. First, you need to put your glasses on and then the hearing aid, you can use a mirror to adjust them if necessary. When you need to take off your spectacles, it is better to do so by pulling them forward rather than to the side to avoid dislodging the hearing aid.
You can also use special clips and straps such as SafeNSound to connect the frames and the hearing aid so they are secured together. That option is especially suitable for children and the elderly.