I think you will agree with me when I say:
Being able to hear properly is VITAL to experience the world around you. Hearing is a basic sense for us humans.
But what happens when our hearing starts to fail us?
Should we just accept that there is certain things we no longer are able to do and experience?
No, absolutely not!
Everybody, no matter age, has their own specific hearing needs and preferences.
This is where finding the right headphones, for seniors, play a part in hearing better.
In this post I will show you the top 5 headphones for seniors AND the top 5 best headphones for seniors with hearing aids.
But What To Look For When Buying Headphones?
As I was comparing the headphones the main 3 factors I was looking for was:
- Sound Quality
Because firstly: If the headphones are not comfortable to use, you are not going to use them. Period.
Second: The sound quality is even more important to a person whos hearing is no longer at 100%. Sound that is not clear and constant will not give you a good experience.
Third: To gain the maximum advantage of your headphones, you should be able to use them anywhere and everywhere.
If you want to read more about the 3 ranking factors click here.
Top 5 best headphones for seniors
The best headphones, for seniors, usually have a few specific features that help them stand out compared to other similar headphones. I have made a list of 5 headphones that all meet the 3 requirements from before. These are also headphones of good quality and reliability. The headphones are listed in no particular order.
1) Sennheiser HD 471G
They have a build in microphone that makes you able to interact through the headphones.
This model can also be used in a hands-free mode or with a cable to connect to your desired device or audio system. The comfort and overall sound production will provide you with different features to benefit from.
2) Sony MDRZX110AP
The headphones can also be used for both music, audiobooks, and phone calls. It also comes with a cord that is compatible with all MP3 devices.
The headphones can also be synced with cell phones via Bluetooth.
With its flexibility and lightweight features, these headphones are an appealing option for seniors. They are very easy to operate and use.
3) Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
As the name of these headphones state they are Bluetooth compatible, which means that you can connect them to different devices. The headphones also make volume adjustments according to your environment.
The sound quality of these is fairly consistent no matter the volume. And because the headphones are able to calculate what notes need an appropriate boost, you don’t have to fumble around with finicky volume controls.
All in all, these headphones are very pleasant and easy to use.
4) BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
The fit is also pretty effortless and without discomfort. As well as with the previous headphones these are also over-the-ear headphones.
A decent pair of headphones for your everyday life. Easy to navigate and operate and shouldn’t pose to big a challenge for seniors.
5) Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II
This tool is quite useful as a way of getting things done without whipping out your smartphone. You can speak directly to it, using the microphone in the headphones. This microphone also allows for hands-free phone calls.
The noise cancellation feature is a way of shutting yourself off from the rest of the world. However, you are still able to hear the siren of an ambulance zooming past. The impressive noise cancellation has also been extended to the microphones used for calls. This makes the person on the other end go through loud and clear and without any noise.
As far as music, radio, and audiobooks the sound is clear and free of any annoying buzzes or hissing. This would be the best option for seniors, as it also has the option of noise cancellation, as well as a clear sound.
In conclusion, the sound capabilities of these 5 headphones will provide great improvement from your everyday hearing.
What about headphones and hearing aids, can you use both?
People often wonder if it’s possible to use headphones when you have hearing aids. Actually, this is a two-part question with an individual answer.
The questions you should ask yourself is:
- Can you physically put the headphones over your hearing aid?
- Will your headphones make your hearing loss worse and the sounds all muffled?
"The answer to this depends on what type of hearing aids you have and the type of headphones you want to use."
But first, when you use headphones over hearing aids, you might sometimes experience a whistling noise. This typically happens because the headphones aren’t properly positioned on your ears. You should re-position the headphones so the noise will disappear. Sometimes it’s also an indicator that you may be unable to use those particular headphones with your hearing aid.
The best option for people with hearing aids is noise canceling, or noise isolating headphones. These will help to remove any background noise and eliminate the need for you to crank up the volume.
Top 5 best headphones for seniors with hearing aids
Down below I have made a list of the top 5 best headphones for people with hearing aids. If you’re in doubt, you can also ask your hearing aid manufacturer about compatibility.
1) AfterShokz Trekz Air Open Ear
Because these are called an “OpenFit” it is possible for you to hear what’s going on around you, as well as listen to your own choice of sound. They are designed so you can wear them around your neck. You can also put them into a pocket or balance them on a hook. In fact, you should consider them less of neck-buds and more as head-buds, because they flex.
A great thing about these headphones is their ability to stay in one place, however active you are. They are also very lightweight, which means that they are not heavy to wear. You are also able to take hands-free calls and connect them to different devices via Bluetooth. Let’s not forget about the sound. The sound in these is very good.
Also, each of the speakers is equipped with noise-canceling microphones to lessen ambient noise around you during calls. Although people close to you might be able to listen in on what you’re listening to, it’s only possible if your volume is on max and you are located in a quiet environment.
2) AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Open Ear
Because these headphones aren’t directly on your ears, you will also be able to hear other sounds around you. These headphones are Bluetooth compatible, which means you can use them with any device. The Trekz Titanium is wrapped around your head. They are lightweight and flexible which ensures comfort during extended wear.
Sound wise they deliver an excellent audio experience as well as a hand-free phone call option. Each of the speakers has a microphone connected to it that will lessen sounds and ambiance around you during phone calls.
3) Vibrabeats Vidonn F1
The Vibrabeats Vidonn F1 headphones are wireless headphones. They wrap around your head and are placed on your cheekbones. They have a very comfortable feel and they do not press on your head or neck. However, these headphones are a bit stiffer than that of the AfterShokz Trekz’s models.
The sound that they produce is of a good quality. They are wireless as well as Bluetooth compatible. You can also use them for hands-free phone calls in which case the incoming calls sound clear. The Vidonn F1 also filters the ambient noise in order to enhance conversations.
When using a normal volume, the sound leakage is minimal. As an outsider, you hear a soft whisper but this is not at all disturbing or annoying. In addition, these headphones are also compatible with hearing aids, as they are not put directly into your ears.
It is a reliable headphone and great for everyday use, as well as exercise.
4) SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD2 On-Ear Headphones
As well as being comfortable, they are also quite flexible and easy to adjust to your needs. They also feature noise cancellation, which means you can block out the world around you, and concentrate on one sound. Another feature is the microphone. This allows you to be able to take calls while wearing the headphones. So, actually, the world is not too far away.
They come with a chord, which is easy to insert into whatever device you want to listen from as well as operate. The chord, on these particular headphones, is easy to carry around, as it does not tangle.
You are also able to customize these headphones in whatever way you wish. You can change the headband, the chord, and the ear pads should you want to.
5) JBL E45BT On-Ear Wireless Headphones
The feel of these is excellent as well and should not provide you with any discomfort or pressure. The sound is also very nice, no matter what you are listening to. This also includes the noise isolation part.
However, this could be better, but for everyday use its good. These headphones are also Bluetooth compatible, but you can also use the chord that comes with the headphones.
You can also take hands-free calls while using these headphones. They have a build in microphone. All in all, the JBL headphones are a decent choice.
Why Use Headphones as a Senior?
"Once you become older your hearing may not be as it use to. And often times your hearing may need some special attention"
Headphones can be a great way to receive sound more directly. However, choosing the right headphones, when you suffer from some sort of hearing loss, becomes a crucial one.
The specific uses for headphones vary from person to person. To this also comes that everyone’s ear canals are built differently, which also means that everybody has their own unique hearing. However, there are a series of factors that you should take into account, as a senior, when you buy headphones.
These are the 3 factors you should take into account before buying a pair of headphones
Hearing loss, in the elderly, have different causes and effects, which is why it is important to know what to look for.
"As we all age our hearing and locations of certain tones, sounds, and vibrations often decrease"
As of now, there is nothing to do about this. It is a natural occurrence of age. This, along with hearing loss, puts seniors at a disadvantage in selecting the right headphones. The headphones should be able to suit your hearing needs and specific requirements.
Certain headphones focus on the quality of sound, while others are made for leisurely purposes and have optimal comfort features.
This is why I’ve made a list of 3 factors to consider before buying headphones:
Once you decide to buy headphones, comfort is one of the number one concern. Simply put, when you put headphones on there should be no discomfort at all. This is why earpad headphones are the best choice. They rest on your outer ear, which then prevents your ears from overheating and any discomfort inside and outside the ear.
If you are using hearing aids, earbuds are out of the question. Also, many seniors don’t find them very comfortable, as they are inserted into the ear.
2) Sound quality
Another important factor to consider when looking for headphones would be sound quality. If you are into technology you can probably search far and wide to find the right pair. But if you are just looking for headphones for everyday use, you need them to carry sounds clearly and constantly.
You will find that there are a wide variety of sound experiences in headphones, with some requiring you to turn the volume up to max. Again, if you are suffering from some sort of sensitive hearing, this is no good. Instead, you need headphones with good steady sound quality.
To gain the maximum advantage of your headphones, you should be able to use them anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes headphones can be quite difficult to carry around, not because of size or weight but because they may come with a wire. Wires have a tendency to filter and become all tangled. Often more than not, it is quite hard to untangle this filter.
But regardless of where you want to take your headphones, they should be quick and easy to transport with you. And most of all to use.