Headphones & Hearing Aids

Headphones & Hearing Aids

Kevin Dee, BC-HIS Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss Treatment

Kevin Dee, BC-HIS

Among the people who benefit most from hearing aids, music lovers are paramount. That enjoyment of music that had come under attack by hearing loss can be restored through treatment, and the clarity and frequency response of the latest hearing aids can make a music lover feel like they are hearing for the first time all over again. Going to a concert or playing music through the home stereo can be particularly rewarding experiences, but the unique experience of listening to music on headphones can come as a challenge. Headphones bring surround sound to your personal listening environment, and they can offer sonic experiences that can’t happen with other home audio systems. However, using headphones with hearing aids can be quite a challenge, and you will need to do some work to find the right combination of the two that make it possible to enjoy that personal listening experience. Let’s consider some of the ways that you can integrate headphones and hearing aids, including the new features of hearing aids that might make the connection for you. 

Finding the Right Headphones

The first thing you might have noticed is that earbuds will not be functional with most styles of hearing aids. The devices that are inserted into your ear canal to make hearing assistance possible are placed in the same part of the ear as earbuds, so you will need to look for an over-the-ear model of headphones. Many audiophiles will tell you that this style is preferable in terms of sound quality, so you are already on a good path toward music enjoyment. 

When shopping for your over-the-ear headphones, you will want to look for models that have the largest ear muffs possible. This piece should be able to completely cover the ear without touching or interfering with your aids. The style of hearing aids matters, too. Those who have behind-the-ear (BTE) models tend to have the most difficult time finding a set of headphones that can completely cover the ear without touching the components that go behind the ear. Those who are able to get very large molded over-the-ear headphones and who have in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids tend to have the best success at this combination. 

Once you find a set that works for you, take a moment to adjust the settings on your hearing aids. If you have app-controlled audio profiles, try to find one that uses the headphones to their best capability while keeping hearing assistance at a reasonably low level. This combination will maximize the quality of the headphones while offering the assistive boost you need to listen clearly. 

Bluetooth Connectivity

For those who struggle to find a good combination of headphones and hearing aids, one option is to stream music directly to your devices with Bluetooth connectivity or another media sync capability. With this technology, you will be able to send audio from your smartphone, media player, or other Bluetooth-enabled device directly to your hearing aids. The benefit of this method is that you can bypass the use of two devices at once. While you are listening, you will now be able to hear the sonic environment in the background, providing a safe context for listening beyond your music or other audio stream. This capability does not only enable you to listen to music directly in your hearing aids, but you can switch seamlessly between the audio for a phone call, notifications on your phone, and all the audio content you wish to stream, including audio books, podcasts, music, and the audio with video content. This combination can make you feel more like a high-tech aficionado with the best of both worlds in a single device. 

Music lovers need to worry that their hearing aids will hinder listening experiences. Quite the contrary, these devices make it possible to bring back full frequency spectrum sound to the listening experience. With a little adjustment, shopping, and comparative testing, you should be able to find a set of hearing aids that work for your needs. Don’t delay contacting us to get the best combination of hearing aids and headphones to meet your needs, or you might want to explore your options with Bluetooth connectivity.