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hearing aids with glasses worn by a man working

How to Comfortably Wear Glasses With Hearing Aids

For those who wear both glasses and hearing aids, or for individuals considering this dual-use for the first time, the question often arises: "Can I comfortably wear both?" The short answer is yes, absolutely! While some may have initial concerns, particularly with behind-the-ear (BTE) styles of hearing aids, it's entirely possible to harmonize the two. Here's a guide to help you feel confident in comfortably wearing your glasses and hearing aids at the same time.

ITE Styles Are Simple, But What About BTE Styles?

When it comes to in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, wearing them with glasses is straightforward because the entire device fits neatly inside your ear canal. There's no over-the-ear component that might clash with your glasses.

However, you may be wondering about BTE hearing aids. These are popular for several reasons:

  • Powerful: BTE hearing aids are robust and offer more amplification options, suitable for treating a range of hearing loss.
  • Discreet: Despite sitting behind the ear, many modern BTE hearing aids are slim, sleek and hardly noticeable in a variety of inclusive colors.
  • Choice: BTE hearing aids can suit a variety of hearing losses, from mild to profound, and come in a variety of sizes and styles.
  • Comfortable: Many people find them more comfortable as they don't sit inside the ear canal, reducing ear fatigue.
  • User-Friendly: They are generally easier to handle, making them an excellent choice for individuals with arthritis and dexterity issues.
  • Easily Maintained: Cleaning and maintaining BTE hearing aids is often simpler compared to ITE models, thanks to their larger size, which makes them easier to handle.

Tips for Success

So how can you successfully wear your BTE hearing aids with glasses? Here are some tips:

  • Consult Your Optician: The first step is to speak to your optician about which style of glasses might work best with your hearing aids. Frames with thinner, more flexible temples are generally more compatible with BTE hearing aids.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Learn to remove your glasses in a way that will not displace your hearing aids. It takes some practice, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to smoothly take your glasses off without affecting your hearing aids.
  • Order of Operations: Always put your glasses on before fitting your hearing aid. This helps you place the hearing aid properly, reducing the chances of displacement when you put on or adjust your glasses.
  • Consult Your Hearing Care Professional: Discuss the most suitable size and style of hearing aid for you. A smaller BTE model might be less likely to interfere with your glasses, making it a better choice if you wear both.

By paying attention to these details, you'll find that wearing glasses and BTE hearing aids together is not only possible but also comfortable. You don't have to sacrifice vision for hearing or vice versa. Instead, by carefully selecting the right products and using a few handy tips, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. So go ahead, wear your glasses and hearing aids with confidence!

For help choosing the right hearing aids for you and your lifestyle, talk to your local Beltone hearing care professional. We carry a range of styles that are weatherproof and sweatproof and include a variety of advanced features and technology to help you make the most of every day. Getting started is easy—schedule your free hearing assessment today!

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