Hearing aids for glasses wearers can sometimes be a problem. Some people feel apprehensive about 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.
We have put together this smart little guide to help those with glasses make an informed decision on which hearing aid could be right for them
Choosing the right hearing aid to work with glasses
Wearing hearing aids and glasses has become a popular combination, especially for the elderly, as they often need both to cope with normal daily activities. With a bit of care and the right choice of both glasses frames & hearing aid type, you can enjoy improved hearing with little fuss.
In the ear and in the canal hearing aids pose no problem with wearing glasses as the whole device goes 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.
ITE, ITC and CIC hearing aids
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 of our most popular models for discretion include:
- HD 250: As an in-the-ear device, it’s small, incredibly discreet and comfortable to wear.
- HD 500: Being so small, this in the canal device is so light and almost invisible when worn, you are likely to forget you’re wearing it.
Behind the ear hearing aids
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.
For a BTE device why not try:
- HD 210: This is one of our smallest behind the ear devices with barely visible micro-tubing. The HD 210 digital hearing aid is designed for ease of use and wearer comfort
- HD 350: One of our most popular hearing aids for the most discerning of wearers is the HD 350 and its contemporary and subtle design offer ultimate discretion.
You can also use special clips and straps to connect the frames and the hearing aid so they are secured together. That option is especially suitable for children and the elderly.
Don't forget to check out our digital hearing aids before making a decision on which device may be best suited for you.
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