Hearing aid glasses are glasses that have a hearing aid integrated into their structure. First designed in the 1950s, this revolutionary invention worked well with the more bulky glasses of that era. They became less popular with the evolution of glasses to more lightweight and wire frames. These days, however, with modern technology allowing for extremely lightweight and sensitive microphones and hearing aids, hearing aid glasses are making a comeback.
Hearing loss is common, especially in the older population. Up to one-third of Americans between 65 and 75 years old suffer from hearing loss to some degree, and this statistic goes up to almost half in people over 75 years old. People, especially youngsters, are often reticent to use hearing aids as they feel there is a stigma attached to hearing loss. Hearing aid glasses are ideal in this situation, as they are available with prescription or non-prescription lenses.
Modern hearing aids get smaller and more effective as technology advances, allowing attachment to small, even designer, glasses. Glasses with hearing aids no longer come in one bulky and staid style; there is now a wide range to choose from. The types of hearing aids can also be chosen according to preference and need, and include bone conduction and air conduction options.
The benefits of using these glasses are many. Two precious objects that need a safe storage place now come as one. Putting hearing aids in and glasses on becomes one action, and the morning routine is significantly shortened. The hearing aids are almost invisible to people who are not looking for them, boosting the confidence of those wearing them.
The main disadvantage of using hearing aid glasses is that they can't be separated. If you want to see well only or hear well only, that's not an option. Price is also a factor, as they are a special product and tend to be expensive. They are also not freely available throughout the world. With the world becoming a global community via the Internet, however, this obstacle can be overcome.
Micro technology has allowed the manufacture of smaller hearing aids that can be placed in the ear canal. This means that they are not as visible as their older counterparts. The need for hiding hearing aids in the hearing aid glasses is lessening, but for those who need both and want things simple, hearing aid glasses are an option worth investigating.