Wearing a face mask is one way we can all do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. They may help prevent those who have COVID-19 already from spreading the virus to others while also helping reduce the spread if widely used by the public. While face masks are a vital part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, they are also one other way hearing aids can fall from the ear and be easily lost or broken. This prevents a challenge for those with hearing loss, but one that can be overcome by following a few simple tips:
Wear a Bun
If your hair is long, you have a simple solution for an alternative way to wear your mask. Simply pull your hair back, wrap it in a bun, then loop the elastics around the bun. This removes the risk of tugging and pulling out your hearing aids.
Use a Headband
If you have hearing loss, a headband can be a useful tool. Take your headband and sew two large buttons onto it. Make sure the buttons line up with each ear so your mask will sit correctly on your face.
Simply place the elastic meant for your ears around the buttons. Not only will this prevent losing your hearing aids, it also is a comfortable alternative to the elastic rubbing on your ears all day.
Purchase a Mask for Over the Head
The easiest solution is to purchase a mask that goes around the head instead of over your ears. You just place it on your head, and you’re ready to go, without having to bother sewing or looping any objects.
Utilize a Mask Extender
Purchasing or creating an extender is one last way to avoid interference with your hearing aids. If you decide to make one, simply attach a button to each end of a short piece of ribbon, then wrap the elastic around each button.
While each of these tools can be useful in the coming months of this pandemic, it helps to check your hearing aids before and after taking your mask on and off. Removing it at home in a well-lit, open area also will help you find your hearing aids if you accidentally knock them off. However, if you do become one of the many who need hearing care during this time, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We also are available to answer any questions regarding the use of wearing face masks and your hearing care.