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There are so many styles and options of headphones on the market that you can find something that works for your needs and accommodates most types of hearing aids.

Let’s take a look at:

  • types of hearing aids and headphones
  • what’s most compatible
  • tips to make the most of your hearing devices

Selecting the right headphones if you wear hearing aids will likely come down to:

  • comfort
  • price
  • what you want to do with the headphones

Headphone comfort will probably depend most on the type of hearing aids you have.

There are so many styles and models of headphones that you will likely find a pair that’s comfortable for you. Keep in mind that headphones can vary by:

  • weight
  • adjustability
  • connectivity (wireless or corded)

These recommendations are based on:

  • feedback from audiologists
  • online reviews
  • style, fit, and price

Pricing guide

Pricing for headphones comes in a wide range.

Well-known audio product manufacturers with more expensive products than baseline options spend a lot of resources on researching sound quality.

Their pricier models are designed to reflect that research and the unique technology developed from it. Of course, there are less expensive options that may work just as well for you.

The price key is as follows:

  • $ = under $100
  • $$ = $100–$200
  • $$$ = over $200

AfterShokz OpenMove Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones

  • Price: $
  • Best with: In the ear, in the canal, completely in canal, invisible in the canal

Bone conduction headphones may be a good option if you wear hearing aids in your ear or your ear canal. You wear this type of headphones against your cheekbones, so your ears are not blocked. This model is less expensive than other AfterShokz, but all of the company’s bone conduction headphones are well reviewed online. These wireless models are designed to last for 6 hours at a time and to be resistant to sweat so they may be good for exercise.

Sennheiser RS120 II On-Ear Wireless RF Headphones with Charging Cradle

  • Price: $
  • Best with: Completely in canal and invisible in the canal

These on-ear headphones have a charging cradle that connects to analog devices. The headphones are wireless, and you can watch your favorite TV shows with custom sound that stretches 300 feet. These are a bit low-tech without Bluetooth, but if you want to listen to television with headphones to enhance your viewing experience, these could be a good model to try.

Recon 70 Blue Camo Headset

  • Price: $
  • Best with: In the ear, in the canal, completely in canal, invisible in the canal, behind the ear

These over-the-ear gaming headphones are inexpensive and lightweight. The ear cups are large. They feature a microphone as well. They are not wireless and have a 3.5-millimeter (mm) plug that is compatible with PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PCs, and standard headphone jacks.

Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset

  • Price: $$
  • Best with: In the ear, in the canal, completely in canal, invisible in the canal, behind the ear

These gaming headphones go over the ear. They have 7.1 virtual sound, and you can customize the sound levels in each game or default to the game creator’s modes. There is no separate microphone piece; the mic is within the earpiece. You can also use them for PlayStation VR.

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headset

  • Price: $$
  • Best with: In the ear, in the canal, completely in canal, invisible in the canal, behind the ear

These over-the-ear headphones have great sound according to customer reviews and are designed to be charged for up to 40 hours of wireless listening. According to the manufacturer, you can even charge them for 5 minutes to get 3 hours of listening time if you are in a hurry. You can take calls, adjust the volume, and use voice activation with them as well.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

  • Price: $$$
  • Best with: In the ear, in the canal, completely in canal, invisible in the canal, behind the ear

Many customers consider Bose to be the gold standard for listening devices. These over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Bose also offers an app that you can use to control some settings of your headphones. The Bose Connect app is available for Android and Apple devices. You can choose from two noise-canceling levels for a more customized experience. The battery for these wireless headphones is designed to last up to 20 hours.

Astro A50 Wireless Headset + Base Station

  • Price: $$$
  • Best with: In the ear, in the canal, completely in canal, invisible in the canal, behind the ear

Astro A50s are designed for gamers. These over-the-ear wireless headphones feature a base charging station, a microphone, Dolby audio, and a flip-to-mute microphone. They work with PCs, Macs, and PlayStation 4 and 5.

Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless

  • Price: $$$
  • Best with: In the ear, in the canal, completely in canal, invisible in the canal, behind the ear

These over-the-ear wireless headphones are top of the line and should last for years based on user reports. The ear pads are wide and very padded.

You can use an app to create a custom listening experience with a 2-minute hearing test. The MIY Beyerdynamic app is available for Apple and Android devices.

You actually don’t need headphones for most modern hearing aids. Many can stream external audio directly into your ears, often better than headphones can. It’s even possible to take calls, with your hearing aids serving as the microphone and speaker.

Lainee Levinton, AuD, CCC-A, an audiologist in the Philadelphia metro area, says that in many cases those who are hearing impaired can utilize Bluetooth or MFi (“Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad”) connectivity that is built into their hearing aids in lieu of headphones.

“These hearing aids get much better sound quality, as the streaming signal is corrected for your individual hearing loss.” You can control these listening options on your smartphone or through the hearing aid itself.

You may not be able to hear as well from traditional headphones as your customized hearing aids. “Headphones won’t be able to offer frequency-specific corrections for hearing-impaired individuals. That’s why the streaming connections to hearing aids are best,” says Levinton.

Levinton adds that “hearing impairment is very individual and doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all solution.”

Most hearing aid brands offer models with Bluetooth or MFi combability, such as Signia and Miracle-Ear. There are many other hearing aid options that utilize this technology too. Often hearing aid companies have accessories to help you turn your hearing aids into headphones, such as the Phonak TVLink.

It’s common to replace hearing aids every 3 to 5 years, so when it’s time, consider upgrading your hearing aids to get these features.

Consider why you want headphones to help you choose the right ones. Is it for gaming, chatting or taking calls, or listening to music or other audio content?

Before you buy headphones, make sure to read the details about the product, including dimensions as well as online reviews. Not all reviews will always be positive, but looking at the number of reviews along with the overall rating may be useful.

Make sure you purchase headphones that work with the type of hearing aids you use.

If you have asymmetric hearing loss, some headphones may have independent volume controls for each side, or you may be able to control the balance directly on your device settings.

Before you commit to an expensive pair, talk with your doctor or audiologist about the possibility of using Bluetooth or MFi with your hearing aids. This may improve your listening experience more than headphones can.

Many hearing aids now come with Bluetooth or MFi capabilities that make headphones unnecessary. Your audiologist can help customize your hearing aids to incorporate these technologies with just the right frequency for your listening needs.

If you prefer headphones, determine the best product based on the type of hearing aids you use and what you want to use them for. There are many types of headphones available for purchase at all sorts of prices, and it’s likely you will find a pair that works for your needs.