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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Problems of The Pandemic: Losing a Hearing Aid Due To Mask Use

Problems of The Pandemic Losing a Hearing Aid Due To Mask Use

We’ve found ourselves living through uncertain times over the past few months, and we’ve all been dealt our fair share of challenges. But those dealing with hearing loss have faced even more problems than most.

While face masks play a huge part in preventing the spread of Covid-19, they have also made everyday communication more challenging than normal. Not only is it harder to understand what people are saying underneath their mask, but you no longer have the ability to read their lips for additional context clues. But the muffling of speech isn’t the only problem created by face masks.

For those who wear hearing aids, you’ve likely encountered the struggle of trying to simultaneously wear a mask with ear loops along with your hearing aids. Wearing a behind-the-ear mask can cause your hearing aids to become misplaced or get tangled in the device upon removal (both of which are equally frustrating!). We’ve put together a list of tips to help make wearing your hearing aids and mask a bit more bearable.

Tips for Wearing Hearing Aids and Masks

Wearing a face mask can be very frustrating when dealing with a hearing impairment, but it doesn’t have to be. Know that you are not alone — and there are plenty of ways to make putting on and removing your mask a seamless process. Here are some solutions to keep the elastic from getting tangled in your hearing aids.

Use an Around-the-Head Face Mask
The most common type of face mask attaches by looping elastic over your ears. Even though this is the most popular, it isn’t the only option available to you! Instead of investing in a mask that must loop over your ears to be secured in place, look for a face mask that has an elastic or tie that comfortably fits around your head. This will allow you to keep your mask in the desired position without interfering with your hearing aids at all.

Invest In a Face Mask Extender
Even though the purpose of an extender is to customize the fit of any face mask, it can also be used to secure the mask behind your head instead of your ears. This works by using two buttons (or similar shape) and attaching them to a piece that you can place on the back of your head. Using your behind-the-ear face mask, you will extend the elastic to loop around the buttons instead of your ears — a simple solution so you can keep using the masks you own without accidentally damaging your hearing aids!

Use Hair Accessories to Secure Your Mask
If applicable, you can use your hairstyle or hair accessories to securely keep your face mask in place. One option is to put your hair in a ponytail or bun. Then, when putting on your behind-the-ear mask, you can loop the elastic around your ponytail or bun instead of over your ears. Keep in mind this will only work if your elastic stretches far enough. You don’t want to force it and have your mask secured too tight. Another option is to sew two buttons on an elastic headband directly above your ears. Similar to the face extender, you can attach the loops from the face mask to the buttons on the headband, preventing the loops from ever coming in contact with your hearing aids.

What to Do If Your Hearing Aid Falls Off?

When putting on or taking off a face mask, it’s inevitable that you’re going to touch your hearing aids some of the time. If your hearing aid comes out, or worse, becomes lost or damaged, the audiologists at Hearing & Balance Doctors can provide hearing aid repair or replacement from our wide selection of top-rated hearing devices. Contact our team to schedule a consultation.

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