Dr. Emily Martinson, Au.D, Ph.D.

You’ve done everything right: visited an audiologist, had a hearing test, talked through the hearing aid options, chosen your hearing aid model.  Then your audiologist asks you a question that throws you a curveball: what color hearing aids do you want?

While this might seem like an easy question, there are many factors to think about when choosing the color of your hearing aids.

These include visibility, ability to be found if lost, and personality. For people who want their hearing aids to be as invisible as possible, choosing a color similar to your hair color or skin tone is key.  Both custom hearing aids and behind-the-ear models show up less if they blend in with your skin or hair.  When in the office, you can hold color samples up to your ear and look in the mirror to see which matches the best.  You can also have the audiologist take a picture of the back of your ear to see the color match there.  If you wear glasses, you can also compare the color of the hearing aids to the color of the glasses frame.

For people concerned about finding their hearing aids if dropped, a metallic or bright color may be preferable.  That way, if you drop your hearing aids on the carpet, they are easy to spot.  This is particularly important to keep in mind if you have vision issues such as near-sightedness or cataracts. Personality is also a consideration for some hearing aid wearers.  Hearing aids can be selected in bright colors such as blue, green, red, and pink.  Bright colors have the benefit of both being easy to spot if dropped, and also showing personality.  These are particularly popular with kids, but also appeal to adults, particularly the Zumba crowd.

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