Hearing aids for glasses wearers

The best hearing aids for people who wear glasses

Is it possible to wear hearing aids and eyeglasses at the same time? It seems many people who wear glasses and need hearing aids ask themselves this same question.

Glasses and hearing aids can indeed be worn together. However, in order to do so without any problems, there are a few important things to consider when choosing hearing aids: the size and shape of the ears, the type of hearing aid needed and the individual need.

Hearing aids and eyeglasses

People who wear glasses and hearing aids at the same time constantly find themselves wondering which two are best suited and most compatible. As the space on the head reserved for eyeglasses is above and behind the ear, wearing certain models of hearing aids can be uncomfortable and create a feeling of pressure behind the ear.

With this in mind, when choosing hearing aids, particularly BTE models, make choose to opt for more modern models as they are smaller size, fit tightly behind the ear and do not interfere when wearing hearing aids and glasses at the same time. Alternatively, ITE hearing aids are great option as they do not take up space behind the ear and are instead placed inside the ear canal, so they do not bother you when you wear glasses.

Alternative: hearing glasses

Hearing glasses offer the possibility of both hearing aids and glasses combined into one. This hearing aid technology is integrated directly into the end of the ear drum. Through a receptor, which rests on the mastoid bone, this bone conduction glasses perform their function by transferring the vibration produced by the sound stimulus to the bone and, from there, directly to the cochlea and inner ear.

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Advantages and disadvantages of hearing glasses


  • Switching eyeglasses frequently: hearing aids can be easily attached to different types of eyeglasses, thanks to a hassle-free clip system. 
  • Hearing aid control elements and battery compartmenst are easy to find and easy to use. Compatibility with existing models: old or existing eyeglasses can often be converted to hearing glasses.


  • Technological disadvantages: hearing aids are relatively inflexible - so a few adjustment features to the glasses can create problems.
  • Suitable for mild, transmissive hearing loss only. 
  • Frequency of use varies: problematic if the wearer does not always wear glasses or needs to switch between glasses for different activities 
  • Repairs: problems may arise if parts need to be repaired, as the glasses and hearing aid cannot be used during this time.

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