Using Headphones with Hearing Aids: What You Need To Know

Recent advances in hearing device technology has enabled millions of Americans with a hearing loss to hear and listen to their favourite music. If you’re a new hearing-aid user, you may be wondering if you can use headphones with hearing aids. The answer is a musical “yes!” We’ve put together a guide on the headphones that work best with different types of hearing aids.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

If you wear BTE or received-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing devices, over-the-ear headphones are your best option.

  • BTE hearing aids come in a range of sizes, from the mini-BTEs with thin tubing, to those that work with earmolds to address more severe hearing losses.
  • RIC and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids have a built-in speaker, located in the tip rather than the main body of the device.

These models are most suited to a headphone model that fits over the hearing aids’ microphone. If your headphones don’t completely cover the microphone, then your hearing aids may pick up external sounds rather than those coming through the headphones. We recommend trying a few models so that you can find the one that’s right for you.

In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

If you wear ITE hearing aids, finding a pair of headphones that will fit well is easier than with other hearing aid models.

  • Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are the smallest hearing aid devices on the market. As they can fit completely inside the ear canal, they offer more discretion than other, larger models. You may have been prescribed these by your hearing care professional if you have mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
  • In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are situated in the lower part of your outer ear bowl. They are both comfortable and easy to use. They have a longer battery life than IIC and CIC devices, but they are slightly larger.

As the devices listed above sit entirely within your ear canal, you may find you can use over-the-ear or on-ear headphones. Some IIC wearers may even be able to use earbuds.

Take Advantage Of The Latest Tech

Another option that advances in hearing aid technology allows is to turn your hearing aids themselves into your own personal headphones. We can talk you through the latest advancements, and how you can take advantage of them to enjoy your music (and more!)

Once you’ve found the right headphones, remember to protect your hearing! Listen at 60% volume for no more than one hour at a time. Give yourself 5 minutes break between each hour, to allow your ears to detox. If you’d like to discuss further, or explore hearing aid options for you, call us on 888-342-4734 or click here to request an appointment.

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