Hearing aids can be the saving grace that allows you to freely communicate with the world around you. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, you may be avoiding going out of the house as a mask is too uncomfortable to wear with your hearing aids. The truth is that you can wear both with ease when you follow these helpful tips below.
Be Mindful Of The Mask You Wear
When it comes to difficulties with your hearing aids and a mask, it usually comes in the form of the elastic pieces being around your ears. Getting them around your ears without knocking off your hearing aids can be a challenge. Taking them off can, unfortunately, rip off your hearing aids as well. Luckily, there are some ways to handle these issues.
Consider purchasing a mask that has elastic bands that are more stretchable. At the most basic level, you can opt for purchasing a mask with bands that stretch around your head. The top will go above the ear and the bottom will go below it. This will keep the bands off of your ears. If you don’t like having bands around your head, then consider sewing buttons to a headband which will allow you an anchor to attach the elastic bands too.
Consider Upgrading To A Different Style Hearing Aid
If your hearing aids are reaching the end of their lifespan, it may be time to consider upgrading to new ones. There are various kinds that can make wearing a face mask easier. For example, there are in the ear and in the canal hearing aids that eliminate any hardware from being positioned on the outside of your ear. This will easily allow you to wear the elastic of your face mask over your ears without interfering with the position of your hearing aids.
Consider Using Mask Extensions
If you don’t want to upgrade your hearing aid style or change out the mask that you have, you can consider using mask extensions. These are simply rectangular pieces of fabric that have buttons on either side. You’ll loop one end of the mask bands around the button. Then, place the fabric extender on the back of your head as you pull the other band of the mask around to encircle the remaining button. This allows for more extension of the bands around the ears so that they don’t touch your hearing aids.
Call Us Today
If hearing aids are making wearing a mask more difficult, give the specialists at Atkins Hearing Center a call. Our helpful staff will be more than happy to share creative ideas for comfortably wearing a mask without damaging your hearing aids. We can even assist you in upgrading to new hearing aids that can make life more convenient.