There are a lot of misconceptions out there about hearing loss, hearing aids and what you may or may not be able to do with them. The worry over how life may look different often prevents people from getting hearing aids in the first place. In fact, of the millions affected by hearing loss, it is estimated that just 20 percent of people who could benefit from hearing aids use them.
With today’s technology, there are a wealth of options for people with hearing aids for everything from phones to televisions to other hearing devices. This includes something as simple as headphones.
When you’ve been fitted for hearing aids and are in the market for new headphones, however, you plan to use them to enhance your days, these three types are your best bets:
Ear bud-style headphones that sit in the ear canal are not an option when you have hearing aids. There are some companies, including well-known sound giant Bose, now coming out with ear buds that are something of a cross between hearing aids and headphones. It’s important to know that these are not a replacement for standard hearing aids. Once you have completed a hearing evaluation and your hearing health care provider has recommended hearing aids, it’s best to get fitted and then find headphones that are compatible with your hearing aid.
Determining the best choice of headphones for you and your needs comes down to several considerations. What will you be using the headphones for? How portable do you need them to be? Do you have a set price range? How important is the sound quality to you? Resources such as Consumer Reports are a good place to look for specific brand recommendations and reviews that can help you narrow down options and find the best headphones to use with your hearing aids.