Headphones and hearing aids
Headphones with hearing aids and hearing loss
Headphones are an everyday device for most of us. We use them to listen to music, speech, or radio, without disturbing others. They also allow us to watch movies and TV shows in buses or planes. But as anyone who has suffered from hearing loss will tell you, using headphones with hearing aids can be problematic.
Let’s look at some of the issues and try to suggest solutions for hearing aid users who want to enjoy the music they love with their favorite headphones.
Hearing aids can actually let you dispense with headphones if you prefer
These auditory devices are potentially a game-changer for people who are suffering from hearing loss but adore music. The industry has even come up with a catchy name for these trailblazing gadgets, dubbing them “hearables.”
The idea behind hearables is that by combining advanced sound processing computers, wireless technology and high-quality hearing aids, users can achieve perfectly balanced sound quality. In theory, with these devices, music output from stereos, TVs, or smartphones can be matched to individual needs and tastes, all without the risk of feedback.
Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, hearing aids like the Oticon Opn (to name just a couple) can cut out the middle man, making it unnecessary to bother with headphones at all.
It’s an elegant application of high technology to everyday hearing loss situations, and it’s definitely something that audiophiles should consider asking about when they have a hearing loss consultation.