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Wearing Glasses or Using Oxygen with Hearing Aids

Last updated on Jul 17, 2018

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

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 glasses with hearing aids

Many people wear glasses and hearing aids at the same time without issue. The best way to wear them together is to put both on properly. Start by putting your glasses on. Then, when you put the hearing aid on, make sure to place the hearing aid body between your glasses and your outer ear. They should fit snugly and comfortably. That’s it, no special hearing aid or glasses accessories needed.

If you’re the type of person who regularly removes and replaces your glasses (for example, if you wear two different types of glasses), you should avoid tilting your glasses up or down as you take them off or put them on. 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. Just place the hearing aid body behind your ear and secure the tip in your ear. Then, drape the oxygen tubing over your ears as you normally would and secure it to your preference. It’s really that simple.

If you find this uncomfortable, you may want to experiment with putting the tubing on first and then the hearing aid, or you may consider getting a nasal cannula that secures behind your head rather than under your chin. And, if you wear glasses, too, be sure to put these on first and follow the instructions above to start things off. 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 wear headphones and hearing aids; you just have to be careful about picking the right kind of headphones. Obviously, earbuds won’t work, since that space is already taken up by the tip of your hearing aid, and using earbuds instead may just make whatever you are listening to quiet or distorted. Moreover, it can further damage your hearing 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.

The right hearing aids for the right price to fit your life

Hearing aids should fit into your lifestyle, not the other way around. At MDHearingAid, we offer a line of affordable hearing aids available in both analog and digital models. Plus, each of our hearing aids can be worn with glasses and while using oxygen comfortably.

Have questions? Contact us online or take a look at our FAQ section to find the answers you need.

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