Wondering how to use headphones with a hearing aid? Here’s how.

Can’t live without your headphones? Then you’ll be glad to know that if you need a hearing aid, there’s no need to compromise on your other audio technology. Here are some options that’ll work with your hearing aid to deliver the best sound quality, whether you’re listening to a sonata, Snoop Dogg or the latest episode of Serial.

Your simplest option: over-the-ear headphones.
Also known as ‘circumaural headphones,’ these options cover and close around the entire ear and are widely available. In fact, you might already own a pair. If so, using them is simple – just remove your hearing aids and adjust the sound controls until you find the optimum level.

(If you keep your hearing aids in, you’ll discover that wearing them with over-the-ear headphones will cause a feedback loop – the kind of electronic screech you’ll definitely want to avoid.)

Audiologist’s picks.
1. Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Headphones.
These closed-back headphones use noise-cancellation technology to reduce background noise, which means you don’t need to crank up the volume for a clear and crisp sound – even without your hearing aids.

2. Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones.
This over-ear option is a good choice if you’re frequently making and receiving phone calls. Because you can connect the headphones to two wireless devices at once, you can connect your stereo and your phone, making it easy to have a conversation without the need to stop and put your hearing aids in.

3. Beoplay H6 Headphones.
If you’re a connoisseur of music, this pair of premium cans is worth a look (and a listen), with a warm, clear sound and ultra-light, ultra-comfortable styling.

The latest technology: no headphones at all.
Of course, there’s no need for headphones if your hearing aid itself can play audio. Wait, what? It’s true – the latest hearing aid models offer Bluetooth connectivity with your media device or phone, working exactly like wireless stereo headphones. That means you can stream music, movies and phone calls without the need for an intermediary device.

Audiologist’s picks.
1. ReSound LiNX 3D.
These cutting edge smart hearing aids connect with a suite of wireless accessories and iPhone compatible apps – including music players, TV, microphones and more. The innovative technology is designed in some cases to even give you hearing advantages over people without hearing loss. Sounds pretty clever to us.

For more information about hearing aids, headphones and your best options in both, please contact your local clinic.

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