This is usually one of the first concerns people have when considering purchasing behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.
BTE hearing aids are becoming more popular as the size of them decreases and the functionality increases. They fit a large variety of hearing losses, as well as almost any ear shape and size.
In most cases, glasses can be easily worn with behind-the-ear hearing aids.
The earpiece on the glasses will sit right next to the hearing aid seated behind the ear.
There are no negative side effects of wearing glasses with behind-the-ear hearing aids except for the occasional “thump” noise when putting the glasses on after your hearing aids. This only occurs because the earpiece of the glasses can hit the microphone of the hearing aid and for the second that the glasses touch the hearing aid and stops once the glasses are on.
There is no correct or incorrect order in which the hearing aids and glasses need to be put on.
If you have your glasses on first, the hearing aids will sit on the outside of the glasses earpiece.
If you put your glasses on after your hearing aids, the earpiece of the glasses will end up either on the inside or outside of the hearing aids. Either way is fine as long as your glasses are seated on the center of your nose.
There are only a few instances where you would not be able to wear glasses with BTE hearing aids:
- Your ear is extremely small and the pinna (top outer portion of the ear) sits very close to the head.
- It is rare for an ear to be too small to hold both a hearing aid and glasses, even with children. Your hearing healthcare professional will be able to tell you whether the size of the ear will not hold both the hearing aid and the glasses.
- You are constantly taking your glasses on and off. Glasses can still be worn with the BTE hearing aids in this case, but it is more likely that the hearing aids will feel “in the way”.
- Your glasses earpiece is very thick or you wear large eyewear retainers (croakies) with your glasses. This may cause there to be too much behind the ear, depending on the size of the hearing aid. If you also have a larger behind-the-ear hearing aid with the thick glasses earpiece, it may be bulky.
If there is still a concern about whether you are able to wear glasses with behind-the-ear hearing aids, bring your glasses to your appointment!
Your hearing healthcare professional will examine your ears and glasses to determine if it is appropriate for you to wear BTE hearing aids.