Q. It seems like half the time when I pull off my face mask, I end up pulling off one or both of my hearing aids as well. I have to wear my hearing aids, so how can I avoid pulling them off with my mask?
A. Most of our patients who wear hearing aids have expressed this same complication since last year. Here are some suggestions.
There are masks available that do not wrap around your ears. Some have loose ends that tie behind your neck and over the top of your head. These types of masks avoid pulling off hearing aids. But they also require you to tie and untie the ends over your head and behind your neck each time you put on and remove the mask.
You could also use a neck gator, which is like a neck warmer. You can lift it from under your chin over your mouth and nose without involving your ears at all.
Most masks have straps that wrap around your ears. To remove this type of mask, place one finger under the strap near your cheek and draw your finger under the strap towards and over your ear. If your hearing aid is tangled in the strap, this will allow you to untangle it without pulling the hearing aid off your ear.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before you make a final purchase.
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.