How to Use Headphones with Hearing Aids

Hearing aid technology has been advancing at a rapid pace over the last decade. One of the newest features is the ability for hearing aids to act like headphones, connecting via Bluetooth to smartphones and televisions.

However, not all devices have this feature. Whether you have opted for brand new devices or are wearing hearings aids that are a few years old, as long as you’re willing to put in the work you can find headphones that will work for you.

Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Aids

A classic pair of headphones.

Newer hearing aids contain Bluetooth technology, which allows users to wirelessly connect their hearing aids with other Bluetooth-compatible devices such as your smart TV, laptop or smartphone. This makes listening to your favorite podcast or band even easier, as one device can do it all. There are even Bluetooth-enabled record players, meaning you could pick up some vintage vinyl at All That Music & Video and rock out in your living room without disturbing the other members of your household.

It is important to note that using Bluetooth can drain your batteries faster than normal.

Hearing Aids Without Bluetooth

Just because you don’t have hearing aids with built-in wireless connectivity does not mean you can’t use headphones. There is a bit more trial and error required, but with the help of your audiologist you can find a setup that works.

If You Have In-the-Ear Hearing Aids

Those with this style of hearing aid will usually have an easier time finding headphones that work as their hearing aids sit inside the ear canal. On-ear or over-the-ear headphones are usually the style that is most compatible with this type of hearing aid. Earbud style headphones may work with the invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids, as they are the smallest hearing aid option available on the market.

Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids

With this larger style of hearing aid, over-the-ear headphones will work best. It is important that the cushion of the headphones fits entirely over the hearing aid’s microphone. If it doesn’t, the hearing aid may pick up external sounds in addition to whatever you are listening to through your headphones.

To learn more about which headphone style will work best with your type of hearing aid or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, contact Tinnitus & Hearing Experts today.