Can't live without your headphones? Then you'll be glad to know that if you need a hearing aid, there's no need to compromise on your other audio technology. Here are some options that'll work with your hearing aid to deliver the best sound quality, whether you're listening to a sonata, Snoop Dogg, or the latest episode of Serial.
Also known as circumaural headphones, these options cover and close around the entire ear and are widely available. In fact, you might already own a pair. If so, using them is simple – just remove your hearing aids and adjust the sound controls until you find the optimum level.
If you keep your hearing aids in, you’ll discover that wearing them with over-the-ear headphones will cause a feedback loop – the kind of electronic screech you’ll definitely want to avoid.
These closed-back headphones use noise-cancellation technology to reduce background noise, which means you don’t need to crank up the volume for a clear and crisp sound – even without your hearing aids.
Of course, there’s no need for headphones if your hearing aid itself can play audio. Wait, what? It’s true – the latest hearing aid models offer Bluetooth connectivity with your media device or phone, working exactly like wireless stereo headphones. That means you can stream music, movies and phone calls without the need for an intermediary device.