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Can you wear hearing aids with glasses?
If you’re one of the blessed people who needs both ear help and eye help, fear not! Your worries are a thing of the past. The question seems to come up a lot – do glasses make hearing aids uncomfortable? The truth is, that used to be a concern, but modern technologies have made it possible to easily and stylishly wear both.
The misconception stems from the fact that, historically, hearing aids were predominantly bulky and behind the ear, which caused irritation for those sporting specs. Nowadays, there are only a few instances we’d advise against wearing the two together.
The shape of your ear can make a difference – for instance, if your ear is extremely small and the pinna (top outer portion of the ear) sits very close to your head, you may find BTE (Behind-The-Ear) hearing aids difficult to wear with glasses. The shape of your devices also matters – if your glasses are very thick or you wear eyewear retainers, you’re likely going to feel discomfort. Additionally, if you’re still donning an older device, you may want to consider an upgrade.
One option is to talk to your audiologist about considering an inner-ear device, like the Lyric, which is hidden in the ear canal and completely invisible to the naked eye. It boasts such advanced technology that wearers often forget they’re even wearing hearing aids!