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Wearing Glasses or Using Oxygen with Hearing Aids

Last updated on May 13, 2019

Do you wear glasses? Do you require a nasal cannula for oxygen? Do you like to listen to music on headphones? Do you need to start wearing hearing aids and glasses?

The fact is, many people enjoy or need to wear other things around their ears, and when you need hearing aids, you might wonder if they will fit with your glasses, nasal cannula, headphones, or other items you might have around your ears. This is particularly a concern for those who want to get BTE (behind-the-ear) hearing aids, so we will mostly focus on BTEs in this article.

Wearing Hearing Aids and Glasses

Many people wear glasses and hearing aids at the same time without issue. Here are the steps:

  • Put your glasses on.
  • Carefully put the hearing aid on.
  • Place the hearing aid body between your glasses and your outer ear.

That’s it. No special hearing aid or glasses accessories needed. They should fit snugly and comfortably. If you’re the type of person who regularly removes and replaces your glasses (if you have a set of reading glasses along with your regular glasses, for example), you should avoid tilting your glasses up or down as you move them. This will help keep the hearing aid and your glasses in place without needing to start the process over.

Using Oxygen with Hearing Aids

If you require a nasal cannula to help your breathing, you’ll be happy to know that wearing hearing aids and using oxygen isn’t a problem:

  1. Place the hearing aid body behind your ear.
  2. Secure the tip in your ear.
  3. Drape the oxygen tubing over your ears as you normally would.
  4. Secure the oxygen tubing to your preference.

Most people find this works well for them. If you also wear glasses, be sure to put these on first and follow the instructions above to start things off.

If you find this method uncomfortable, you may want to experiment with putting the oxygen tubing on first and then the hearing aid. Your other option is to invest in a nasal cannula that secures behind your head rather than under your chin. Once you find a comfortable setup, you’ll be seeing better, breathing easier, and hearing so much more.

Wearing Headphones with Hearing Aids

Believe it or not, you can even wear headphones and hearing aids together. You just have to be careful about picking the right kind of headphones. For instance, earbuds won’t work with hearing aids, because that space is already taken up by the tip of your hearing aid. Earbuds might also accelerate your hearing loss, especially if you have the audio turned up too loud.

Bone-conducting or on-ear headphones are okay if you are using ITE (in-the-ear), ITC (in-the-canal), CIC (completely-in-canal), or IIC (invisible-in-the-canal) hearing aids. However, with ITE and BTE, you’re likely to get feedback with these types of headphones, or they may not work properly at all.

Over-the-ear headphones can work well with both BTE and ITE hearing aids, as long as they are large enough. They usually feature noise cancellation, so they can help protect your hearing on top of providing clearer, crisper sound to the microphone of your hearing aids. The trick is to position the headphones correctly.

Make sure the center of the headphone opening is positioned over the microphone of your hearing aid, rather than over your ear canal. This way, the music will be picked up properly by the microphone and sent to your ear canal. Your other option is to use telecoil technology in your hearing aids or to use special headphones designed for hearing aid users.

Hearing aids should fit into your lifestyle, not the other way around. At MDHearingAid, our hearing aids can be worn comfortably with glasses and while using oxygen.
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