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In Sync & In Style: Guide to Hearing Aids with Glasses

Many of us juggle both hearing aids and glasses in our daily lives, and it's no secret that finding comfort in this dual necessity can be a challenge. When these essential devices are part of your routine, comfort becomes key to your well-being.

In this guide, we're here to address the common hurdles of wearing both hearing aids and glasses together. From ensuring a snug fit to managing weight distribution, we offer practical advice and solutions to enhance your comfort and functionality.

Whether you're a seasoned user or just starting with these devices, we aim to support you every step of the way. 

Updated: 3rd April 2024

Understanding the challenges of wearing a hearing aid with glasses

Wearing both a hearing aid and glasses together can bring its own set of challenges, impacting comfort and functionality. Common issues include ensuring a comfortable fit, managing interference between the devices, and addressing feedback noises caused by misalignment.

Fit and comfort: achieving the right balance between your hearing aid and glasses' earpieces is crucial. A poor fit can lead to discomfort and irritation, meaning you’ll need adjustments for all-day comfort.

Interference: the proximity of hearing aids and glasses may cause interference if they’re not properly aligned or compatible. This interference can disrupt functionality, affecting hearing clarity or visual comfort.

Feedback noises: misalignment between the devices can result in unwanted feedback noises like whistling or buzzing. Proper positioning is essential to minimise these distractions and ensure a better experience.

Understanding and addressing these challenges is essential for enhancing the comfort and functionality of wearing a hearing aid with glasses. By finding solutions to improve fit, reduce interference, and minimise feedback, you can enjoy greater ease in your daily life.

In-the-ear hearing aids (ITE) and glasses

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are designed to fit entirely within the outer ear, offering a discreet solution for hearing loss. Their compact design makes them less visible compared to other styles, as they eliminate the need for tubing over the ear. 

ITE hearing aids suitability for glasses wearers


Discreet design: ITE hearing aids are custom-moulded to fit the individual's ear shape, resulting in a discreet and cosmetically appealing appearance.

Custom-moulded comfort: the custom fit of ITE hearing aids ensures optimal comfort, reducing the likelihood of pressure points or discomfort, even when wearing glasses simultaneously.

Compatibility with glasses: due to their compact design, ITE hearing aids are generally compatible with a wide range of frames, minimising interference and discomfort.

Easy to insert/remove: they are easy to insert and remove, offering convenience for wearers who need to frequently take them out, such as when putting on or removing glasses.


Potential occlusion effect: some wearers may experience the occlusion effect with ITE hearing aids, where the sensation of being "plugged up" occurs due to the device's placement in the ear canal.

Visibility: although less visible than some other styles, ITE hearing aids may still be noticeable to others, particularly if the wearer has short hair or if the frame of the glasses doesn’t fully conceal the device.

Susceptibility to moisture and wax buildup: ITE hearing aids are more prone to moisture and earwax buildup due to their placement in the ear canal, requiring regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance and hygiene.

Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids (RIC) and glasses

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are designed for comfortable wear with glasses, featuring a slim and discreet design. Unlike traditional behind-the-ear (BTE) models, RIC devices have a smaller housing that sits behind the ear, connected to the ear canal via a thin wire. This minimises behind-the-ear clutter, making RIC hearing aids an ideal choice for those looking for minimal interference with glasses.

RIC hearing aids suitability for glasses wearers


Cosmetic appeal: RIC hearing aids are discreet and barely visible when worn, enhancing the wearer's cosmetic appeal and confidence.

Reduced occlusion effect: the open-fit design of RIC hearing aids helps reduce the sensation of being "plugged up," resulting in greater comfort, especially for glasses wearers.

Enhanced comfort: with their slim and lightweight design, RIC hearing aids offer enhanced comfort, even when worn for extended periods alongside glasses.

High-quality sound: RIC hearing aids deliver high-quality sound with improved clarity and speech understanding, thanks to their advanced technology and positioning in the ear canal.

Reduced feedback: the placement of the receiver in the ear canal minimises feedback and whistling noises, ensuring a more pleasant listening experience.


Possible interference with glasses arms: while RIC hearing aids are generally compatible with glasses, some wearers may experience occasional interference with the arms of their glasses, particularly if the fit is snug or if the glasses are oversized.

Maintenance requirements: like all hearing aids, RIC models require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity. This includes cleaning the device daily and replacing disposable components as needed.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids and glasses

BTE hearing aids are a popular choice for individuals with glasses due to their versatile design. These hearing aids sit comfortably behind the ear and come with a small tube or wire that delivers sound into the ear canal.

BTE hearing aids suitability for glasses wearers


Versatility: BTE hearing aids are suitable for various degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound.

Battery life: they typically have longer battery life compared to other types of hearing aids.

Ease of use: BTE hearing aids often feature easy-to-use controls and settings.

Durability: their robust design makes them durable and suitable for active lifestyles.


Interference with glasses: the behind-the-ear placement may interfere with the arms of the glasses, causing discomfort or the need for adjustments.

Visibility: some wearers may find the visible components of BTE hearing aids less discreet than other styles.

Tips for wearing hearing aids and glasses comfortably

Wearing hearing aids and glasses together may present challenges, but with simple adjustments and accessories, you can achieve a comfortable fit. Here are some practical tips to help:

Adjust glasses fit

  • Ensure your glasses fit well to minimise pressure points and interference with your hearing aids.
  • Adjust the fit by adjusting the frames to sit snugly on your nose without exerting excessive pressure.
  • Adjust the temples (arms) of your glasses to create space behind the ears, preventing them from pressing against the hearing aid components.

Utilise accessories

  • Explore accessories like ear moulds, temple tips, and retention clips for added comfort and stability.
  • Ear moulds provide a customised seal for behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, improving fit and reducing discomfort.
  • Temple tips distribute pressure evenly on the arms of your glasses, preventing slipping and enhancing comfort.
  • Retention clips keep both your glasses and hearing aids securely in place, ideal for active lifestyles.

Establish cleaning routines

  • Maintain regular cleaning routines for both your hearing aids and glasses to ensure it performs at its best. 
  • Clean your glasses daily using a gentle lens cleaner and microfiber cloth to remove dirt and oil.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and disinfecting your hearing aids, using a dry cloth or brush to remove wax and debris.
  • Consider investing in a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier to prevent moisture buildup and extend the lifespan of your devices.


Expert insights and recommendations

Navigating the world with both hearing aids and glasses can present unique challenges, but with the right approach, it's possible to achieve comfort and style. Drawing insights from experienced audiologists specialising in fitting hearing aids with glasses, we provide expert recommendations tailored to your individual needs and preferences.

One audiologist advises starting with slim aids that contour around the ear and glasses, ensuring a seamless fit. They recommend the shorter version of Lumity L90s for a sleek look and secure fit.

Another audiologist suggests ensuring glasses sit snugly against the head while aids push outward, especially for Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) models. They emphasise the importance of comfort during the demo or fitting appointment, allowing customers to assess ease of wear.

For customers with slimmer frames, RICs can be a suitable option, while thicker frames may require custom aids. Slimtips or chells can be added to RIC aids for those desiring a specific style.

With personalised solutions and expert guidance, you can enjoy the perfect balance of comfort and style with your hearing aids and glasses.

Which hearing aid should I choose?

Choosing the right hearing aid involves considering both comfort and compatibility with glasses. It's essential to prioritise finding a device that seamlessly integrates with your glasses frame to enhance your overall comfort and daily experience.

First and foremost, focus on comfort and functionality when selecting a hearing aid. Look for a model that provides a comfortable fit without interfering with your glasses frame. Consider factors such as size, shape, and design to ensure the hearing aid complements your glasses and allows for unrestricted movement.

Getting professional guidance from audiologists or hearing care specialists is also important. They can offer personalised recommendations tailored to your specific hearing needs, lifestyle, and preferences. This ensures you select a hearing aid that effectively addresses your challenges whilst seamlessly accommodating your glasses.

In addition to professional advice, implementing practical tips for wearing hearing aids and glasses comfortably can further enhance your  experience of using both together. Adjusting the fit of your glasses, utilising accessories like ear moulds and temple tips, and maintaining regular cleaning routines are all beneficial practices.

Explore the different hearing aid options and consult with professionals to find the perfect fit for your unique requirements. Prioritise your comfort and hearing needs to select a hearing aid that integrates seamlessly with your glasses, ultimately enhancing your overall quality of life.

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Written By:
Emma Jarvis

Digital Optimisation Lead

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Medically Reviewed By:
Mahtab Kayani
Audiology Expert