Music lovers with hearing loss often find themselves missing out when it come to enjoying their favorite songs. Whether at a concert, in your living room, or through your headphones, music just doesn’t sound as good as it used to. If you want to get back to enjoying music, you have a few options when it comes to hearing aids and headphones.
Hearing Aids & Headphones
If you’ve recently experienced changes in your hearing, you know that enjoying music can be a challenge. Certain sounds are completely missing from your favorite tracks, as your ears aren’t sharp enough to pick up on all the overtones or undertones that gives the music is full, rich sound. Even the best headphones can’t always help you hear the sounds you’re missing, and songs might sound thin or flat.
Fit is a big issue when it comes to hearing aids and headphones. For headphones to produce high fidelity sound, they have to fit snuggly over your ears, creating a good seal either on your ear or over the entire ear. Some hearing aids can interfere with the fit of your headphones, breaking the seal, and keeping you from enjoying high quality sound. Even if you find headphones that fit properly around your ear, some headphones will sit too close to the microphone of your hearing devices. They won’t evenly receive all the sounds from the headphones, and you may even struggle with feedback and unbalanced sound.
Which Hearing Aids Work with Headphones?
If you’re hoping to use headphones to enjoy music, you’ll need to be careful when picking your hearing devices. Behind-the-ear (BTE) and receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids have components that sit outside your ear, and these might make it difficult to find headphones that will have a good fit. You’re more likely to experience interference, feedback, or discomfort when combining these devices with headphones.
The best devices to go with your favorite headphones are in-the-ear (ITE) or in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids. These hearing aids sit entirely in the ear, and will give you more options when it comes to finding headphones that fit. Some devices are so tiny that they sit well within the ear canal, and can be worn with almost any headphones. Many headphones can easily fit over these devices, and you won’t have to compromise on sound quality.
Hearing Aids for Music Lovers
If you love listening to music, but are worried that you won’t be able to enjoy your favorite tunes with hearing aids, visit us at Lifestyle Hearing Solutions to learn more about your options. We work with some of the world’s top hearing aid brands who have been developing exciting new programs and features for music lovers with hearing loss.
Today’s hearing aids are like mini-computers, and one of the latest developments in hearing technology is in connectivity. You can easily stream audio and music directly to your hearing aids from your phone, computer, or any other Bluetooth enabled device, and can control the volume and balance directly from your smartphone. You’ll be able to enjoy music without finding headphones that can fit over your devices. Along with the best in streaming technology, music listening programs balance and clarify music, helping you hear all the tones you’ve been missing, and experience rich sound.
Safe Listening Practices
If you’re listening to a lot of music with headphones, its important that you have safe listening practices, so you don’t further damage your hearing. Whether or not you’re listening with you hearing devices, you should be following the 60/60 rule. It’s recommended that you only listen to music at 60% of the volume so you’re not risking damaging your hearing with dangerously loud sounds. After 60 minutes of listening, make yourself take a break! Give your ears a rest, and listen to the sounds around you for a few minutes. This rule of thumb will keep you listening safely, and won’t damage your hearing.
Lifestyle Hearing Solutions
If you’re looking for a great solution for enjoying music, visit us at Lifestyle Hearing Solutions to learn more about your options. We’ll be able to recommend the best device to match your hearing needs, and provide you with the connectivity and programs you need to get back to enjoying the music you love.