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 over the past 8 months. 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 slowly 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 for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You will also listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so our patients can fully test new hearing aids before they make a final purchase.