Can You Wear Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids with Glasses?

If you wear glasses and are considering a behind-the-ear hearing aid, you might be wondering if that combination will work. The answer is yes, but you might need some tips and techniques to be comfortable with both your glasses and your hearing aid.

If you wear glasses, it is a good idea to let your hearing aid professional know in advance to ensure you choose one that is compatible with your glasses.

All About Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids & Glasses

What is a behind-the-ear hearing aid? The behind-the-ear hearing aid, commonly referred to as a (BTE), has a hard plastic loop that is tucked behind the ear and connected to a plastic ear mold that fits inside the outer ear. The parts of the BTE are housed inside the loop that fits behind the ear. Sound travels from the hearing aid through the ear mold and into the ear.

Who uses BTE’s? BTE hearing aids are commonly used by hearing loss sufferers of all ages. These types of hearing aids are suited for those with mild to profound hearing loss.

How to use a BTE with glasses: Use these tips to find comfort and optimal use of both your glasses and your BTE hearing aid.

  • If you are new to glasses but already have a BTE – Your choice of frames will be key. As you shop for glasses, seek out frames with thin wire to minimize the amount of space they will take up behind your ear. Try the frames on to see how they fit with your BTE in advance.
  • If you already wear glasses and have been told a BTE is the best hearing aid option for you – If you already have glasses, you’ll have to do some retrofitting to make sure that your existing frame align with your new hearing aid.: Be sure to bring your eyeglasses to your appointment, so your provider can help determine the right BTE for your existing frames.

1-2-3’s of Wearing behind-the-ear hearing aids with glasses:

Step one – put your glasses on. Your BTE is easier to adjust, so get the glasses right first.

Step two – once your eyeglasses are in place, the BTE goes between the glasses earpiece and your outer ear.

Step three – adjust for comfort and be sure that your hearing aid is not hanging away from your outer ear.

And, then, just practice. Stand in front of the mirror and make sure that everything feels comfortable and secure. The more you do it, the easier it will get. So practice makes perfect, and also ensures that if the fit is loose, you’ll know before you go out and about.

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