How to Wear a Face Mask With Your Hearing Aids
The COVID-19 pandemic presents many challenges, but there are steps that the average person can take to slow the spread and protect yourself and others. When staying home is not an option, wearing a mask is a crucial measure in public spaces and should be done in conjunction with social distancing.
According to CDC guidelines, masks help slow the spread of COVID-19 by preventing droplets from an infected person sneezing or coughing from reaching other people. While masks provide some protection from infection to the wearer, they effectively prevent infected persons from spreading the disease to others. This is why it is so essential that everyone wears a mask, as anyone who is an asymptomatic carrier could spread the disease without knowing.
With this said, masks can present some challenges for people with hearing loss both in interacting with others and wearing the masks themselves. When interacting with others, masks can muffle conversation and prevent lip reading. When wearing masks with hearing aids, elastic that hooks behind the ear can be uncomfortable.
When these kinds of masks are removed, the elastic can get caught on hearing aid devices and dislodge them, leading to loss or damage. Several different commercially available masks attach behind the head, but if you have the more common behind the ear face masks, there are several easy solutions for wearing these masks in a way that won't interfere with your hearing aids.
If your hair is long enough to put in a bun and your mask loops are elastic enough, you can simply stretch them over your bun, and they should stay secure and away from your ears.
You can modify a headband by sewing a button to either side. Make sure the buttons sit above your ears when wearing the headband; you can then hook your mask loops securely onto the buttons.
You can attach two buttons to a piece of ribbon or other long thin pieces of cloth, then hook your mask's loops onto the buttons behind your head. This method's benefit is that you can cut the ribbon as long or as short as you want before sewing the buttons and adjusting, so the tension is comfortable.
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Finally, if you have any questions about your hearing aids and adjusting to COVID-19, don't hesitate to contact Clear Choice Hearing at (346) 372-5157.