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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

Advice From Your Audiologist: Using Hearing Aids With Protective Masks

Advice From Your Audiologist: Using Hearing Aids With Protective Masks
The most common style of protective face masks relies on elastic loops being hooked behind your ears. But, if you wear hearing aids, these elastic loops can easily dislodge your hearing aids as you take off your protective mask.

Even worse, since many people take off their face coverings once they leave a store and get in their car, the pulled-off hearing aid can end up somewhere at the bottom of your vehicle.

To help you avoid lost or damaged hearing aids, Hearing & Balance Doctors are here with some tips and advice on how to safely use your hearing aids while wearing protective face masks.

How To Safely Remove Your Mask While Wearing Hearing Aids

If you are wearing a face mask that loops elastic behind your ears, it is natural to unhook the elastic from the bottom and pull off the loop moving upward. However, this movement pretty much guarantees that your Behind-The-Ear style hearing aids will get hooked and pulled out of your ear.

Those individuals who wear In-The-Ear style hearing aids can usually get away with this method of face mask removal. But it seems just a little unreasonable to buy a new set of hearing aids just to remove a protective mask more easily. Instead, one simple thing you can do to protect your hearing aids while removing a mask is to change how you take it off.

When you go to remove your mask, pull the elastic loop up and over the top of your ear, then once the top is free, you can pull the elastic down to free the bottom part of the loop. For a live example, check out our audiologists’ demonstration below.

Consider Other Mask Options

On top of following this safe mask removal option, there are other protective face mask options that can be used that make it easier to protect your hearing aids. Some options are:

  • Use a face mask that ties behind the head, rather than one that loops behind the ears.
  • Hook on an ear saver, which attaches the elastic loops to a thin strip behind your head. With an ear saver, you can keep the loops from sitting behind your ears.
  • Choose a face mask with elastic that is put on over your head, instead of behind your ears.

What To Do If You Lost Your Hearing Aids During Mask Removal

Even with careful removal, your hearing aids may still be dislodged when taking off your face mask, especially if you pull it off on autopilot. Once you notice your hearing aid is missing, the first thing you should do is stop moving and check your immediate area. If your hearing aid fell off nearby, you don’t want to start walking around and step on it.

Next, if you don’t find it where you first noticed it was missing, the next most likely culprit is your car. Hearing aids are small and can easily get tucked between and under the seats in your car, so be sure to take a strong flashlight as you search your car.

If you have your hearing aids synced to your smartphone, check to see if your hearing aid app has a search feature. Many modern hearing aids come with a “Find my hearing aids” feature, allowing you to more easily find these devices.

Should you still be unable to find your hearing aids after doing all these things, you can contact Hearing & Balance Doctors. If your hearing aids are still under warranty, our doctors of audiology may be able to order you a new hearing aid.

Whether you need assistance with hearing aid repairs, hearing evaluations, or other hearing-related issues, you can contact us and work with our experienced doctors of audiology.

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