What you need to know about headphones and your hearing aid

We feel pretty confident in saying that there are very few people in the world who dislike music. True, we all enjoy different genres of tunes, but most can kick back and relax or dance around to some beat. These days, we can immerse ourselves in our sounds fully when we plug in and turn up our portable music devices.

We can have our music wherever we go and no one can judge an occasional beat from taking control and resulting in a little dance on the streets! That said, however, how often have you been walking by a person, or even sitting next to someone on the bus and you can hear their music screeching through their headphones? Doesn't that hurt their ears

Well you might think that, but you're probably guilty of doing the same thing to your ears every now and then as well! And guess what, it is hurting your ears!

Noise induced hearing loss

When you blast your music through your headphones, you're putting yourself at risk of noise induced hearing loss. This doesn't just come from listening to music too loudly, it can happen after being exposed to any type of loud noise for too long or close. The powerful sound waves damage the hair cells in the inner ear. These hair cells have a rather big job – they convert sound into electrical signals which are transmitted to your brain to process for understanding. If loud enough, sounds can kill the hair cells, which is the start of your hearing loss condition.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don't really think about the damage they're doing to their ears when they crank their tunes on their morning commute to work. But if you already have hearing aids, you might already be cautious about listening to your music via headphones. So much so that you don't even do it at all. But you don't have to miss out on this personal listening experience! You just need to know what types of headphones are best for your ears.

Now, let's further explore what the specifications of headphones mean so you can have a better understanding of how they will affect your hearing.

The right pair of headphones will still work with your hearing aid.The right pair of headphones will still work with your hearing aid.

How to match headphones with hearing aids

Happy to hear that you can wear your hearing aids with headphones? We bet you are! Before we go any further, it's important for you to understand – for everyone, really – that you still need to be careful with the type of headphones you purchase for yourself. Here's a quick rundown on how you should go about picking your headphones.

If you have an in-the-ear (ITE), or a similar hearing solution that goes in your ear, then you should consider a bone conduction headphones set. These are cool because they allow you to hear sound through the vibration of the bones around your face. The soundwaves just skip the outer and middle ear and go straight to the inner ear! It's pretty neat technology.

Consult with your clinician about what brand of headphones are suitable for you.

Another option for those with ITE solutions are on-ear headphones. These just perch over the hearing aid, and you listen to the music as you regularly would. You can get different sizes so they can sit comfortably on your ear. We don't necessarily recommend getting earbud headphones, as these won't work with ITE headphones, and they might make behind-the-ear solutions uncomfortable to wear. 

If you have a hearing aid, it's best that you consult with your clinician about what brand of headphones are suitable for you and your hearing solution. 

To learn more about your hearing solution options and their qualifications based on your hearing condition and headphones, click here and book a FREE* appointment, or call 1800 940 981 to chat with one of our knowledgeable, friendly clinicians.