Q. I wear a face mask when I am at work and out running necessary errands like grocery shopping. Are there better ways to wear a face mask with my hearing aids so the masks’ elastic bands around my ears do not pull off my hearing aids.
A. As we wear masks more frequently, they pose potential issues more often. With hearing aids, one of the easiest ways to avoid interference with hearing aids is to use a mask that has two sets of ties, not elastic bands.
When a mask has ties, there is usually one set of ties on the upper corners of the mask and a second set of ties on the lower corners. The upper set of ties usually goes over the top of the ears while the lower set goes below the ears. Some masks with ties are made with extra long ties on the lower corners in order to tie them at the crown of the head.
It either case, masks with ties are a good way to avoid having elastic bands that can accidentally pull off hearing aids.
When you wear a mask with elastic bands, make sure the they slip between your ear and the hearing aids. If the elastic bands are worn around the hearing aids and up against the edge of the head, they are very likely to pull off the hearing aids when the mask is removed.
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Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.