Shari Eberts recently published The Joys Of Noise-Cancelling Headphones With Hearing Loss, where she talks about using her Bose noise-cancelling headphones with her hearing aids. While Shari uses in-the-canal style hearing aids, I believe you can use noise-cancelling headphones with just about any type of hearing aid, so long as the headphones are big enough to fit over your hearing aids. "Circumaural" headphones, like the ones Shari uses, sit over and around the ear, and typically provide enough space for behind-the-ear hearing aids. However, if the fit around the ear is tight, you might run into issues. Here are some thoughts:
To reduce feedback, you may need to reduce the volume of your hearing aids or visit your hearing care provider to add a special hearing aid setting to use with your headphones. They should run the feedback calibration test while you're wearing your headphones. Don't forget to bring your headphones to the appointment. To reduce moisture damage, ensure you purchase IP-rated hearing aids, preferably IP68.
Yes and no. While noise-canceling headphones might fit with your hearing aids, especially in-ear or extended-wear hearing aids, you're more likely to get feedback or "whistling" from the hearing aids. It depends on the acoustics of your individual ear, how occluded your ear is with the hearing aid, and how loud the hearing aid is. If you have problems with your hearing aids whistling while using headphones, helmets, or other devices that cover the ears, your audiologist might be able to make a special program in the hearing aids just for those situations.
I have had some success in the oil field when the patient had some in the ear aids with advanced technology. The also had mild to moderate hearing loss. The headphones they were using were issued by the companies they worked for. So I can't tell you what kind of headphones they were wearing. I haven't had any success with on the ear hearing aids.
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