My wife kindly bought me a pair of Even headphones as a gift. These headphones give a hearing test and then create an “earprint” to equalize the sound. They are over the ear, but I find they are not comfortable to wear along with my hearing aids. I wear them instead of the HAs to listen.
As bluetooth headphones, they are the best I’ve had regarding their bluetooth connectivity. While the bluetooth isn’t always quite as solid as the MFI connection to the hearing aids, they are generally quite solid and reliable.
The battery charge lasts far longer than any bluetooth headphones.
To compensate for my hearing loss, they don’t give quite enough boost to the high frequencies. My hearing loss is not as severe as many have, but still, these headphones don’t quite give enough compensation for someone with real hearing loss, as I have.
Overall, they sound better than streaming music to the Oticon OPNs, because they have a fuller, richer sound and much better bass. However they don’t sound as nicely bright as listening to live music or my good speakers with the hearing aids in.
The compensation does make a huge difference, even if it’s not enough. There’s a button to turn it off; when I turn it off they really sound bad – I guess like any normal headphone would sound now that I’m getting used to a better sound thanks to both these headphones and the hearing aids in my normal life. Now that I’m adapted to HAs, my normal hearing sounds pretty dull and bad, used to take it for granted. Three months ago, before hearing aids, I was happy enough listening to uncorrected headphones and didn’t know what I was missing. Who knew that singers were actually articulating words that might be understood?
I guess ideally headphones that fit over the HAs comfortably would have been the best, but it seems like that might be tricky. I guess they would have to have pretty huge cans. These are smallish cans, and press against the hearing aids if I try to wear them with the headphones.
So I use them for chores, gardening, streaming from the mac at night, without hearing aids. They are indeed better than streaming to the hearing aids and obviously better than normal headphones with no correction. I’m guessing that most of us who actually are using hearing aids have too much hearing loss for these to fully correct.