From horn shaped amplification devices to cochlear implants, there have been different ways of having your lost sound amplified through the years. If you are experiencing some type of deafness and you wear eyeglasses, there is something on the market to help you today.
These are known as eyeglass aids. These were very popular during the middle of the 20th century before in the ear amplifiers were common. During this time, it was popular to wear horn rimmed glasses, so why not put the hearing aid in the rims of the glasses since it was so popular already? These however, were not the best as they were not very flexible as many styles of the glasses offered very limited range. If you had this style, you had to wear both the amplification devices and the glasses together or not at all.
Now, if you wear glasses you can use both glasses and your hearing aid by using the style that go inside the ears or a device that you can put beside the arm. There are some situations where a special device in your glasses may be the best for you, such as if you are going deaf in only one ear where the amplification can be put through the glass frame into the good ear, making it louder in that ear so that it can be heard better.
The people who would normally benefit from eyeglass amplification devices today are those who like the cosmetic side of it or have some problem in the path of the sound, such as a blockage or constant ear infections, making direct amplification impossible. There are two main types of eyeglass amplifiers, one of them is bone conduction spectacles. Here the sounds are sent by a receiver that is put right on the bone of the ear by pressure from the arm of the glasses. The sound is then sent to the cochlea from the vibrations on the bony portion of the ear. Those who can’t fit regular devices for whatever reason typically use these. Another type of eyeglass hearing aid is air conduction spectacles. Instead of being put on the bone of the ear, they are installed on the arm of the glasses. When you need to clean the glasses, the devices will come off at the same time.
With the advancements in technology came more advanced “hearing glasses” that are sensitive in four different directions through the use of mini microphones on each side of the frames so that the wearer will be able to hear from different directions with less interference and background noise.
When you are struggling with the loss of your hearing, schedule an appointment at your local hearing center. The audiologist will test you and determine what is best for you and see if you are a good candidate for these less invasive “hearing glasses."