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Using Headphones with your hearing aids

May 10 2018
Using Headphones with your hearing aids

Until recent improvements in hearing aid technology, you could not wear headphones with your aids. You can now - this opens up a great many scenarios previously not available.

The squealling ("acoustic feedback" or just "feedback") of a hearing aid when you cup your hand over it would be a sure sign it would not work when confined in a set of headphones.

So imagine the delight in being able to use a high quality set of noise cancelling headphones with your hearing aids.

Noise Cancelling headphones work by creating a noise-cancelling wave that is 180° out of phase with the ambient noise.

Originally designed for travellers on long flights.

The same technology is used by software to reduce noise in a recording.

So we can now hear using hearing aids and noise cancelling headphones with amazing clarity.

Headphones Covering Ears

Why better quality headphones are safer

Headphones with better quality reduces the need to raise the volume to hear well. Noise cancelling headphones which enclose your ears are good. Also high quality flexible headphones that fit in your ear can be good.

Sometimes the hearing aid interferes with the seal or the comfort of the fit. Many prefer to use headphones that completely overlap your ears. Some hearing aid wearers report great success with Unitron Hearing Aids and Bose headphones. Certain styles of the Unitron RIC hearing aids, fit behind the ear and are tiny. A good set of noise cancelling headphones (eg Bose) will still allow you to hear noises in your environment, you are not completely locked out. The hearing clarity is amazing.

Hearing your mobile phone ring

One issue facing people with hearing loss is hearing your mobile phone ring from a different room in your house.

There are now some standard phones that can be used to connect to your mobile phone via Bluetooth.

One that works well, and is widely available is the Uniden XDECT 8355 series.

You don't actually require a landline connection you can simply use this phone as an extension of your mobile phone.

The benefit is you can hear this phone wherever your mobile phone is.

Another great feature is the do not disturb mode.

The audio quality is good - at least as good as your phone. The Uniden XDECT 8355 series also comes with options for more phones and locations so in a large house you can leave your mobile where it gets the best reception and pick up the Uniden wherever it is closest.

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