November 19, 2020 Hearing Tips
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is recommending that everyone wear face masks in public to prevent the spread of the virus. Face masks and social distancing measures during this time can be frustrating for anyone – but particularly for people with hearing challenges. Below are some tips that may help prevent problems when wearing your hearing aids and face masks:
- Put your hearing aid on before your face mask. Make sure the hearing aid is situated as close to your head as possible.
- Pull back any long hair into a bun or with an elastic tie.
- Choose a mask that goes over the head, or ties in the back.
- Obtain a mask that has four strings and ties behind the head rather than worn with elastic on the ears.
- Choose something like an “ear saver” to loop the elastic over behind the head. If you don’t have an ear saver, you can use a paper clip.
- Remove your mask in an open area so if the hearing aids fall to the ground they can be found more easily.
- When removing your mask, especially in public, remove the loops carefully, and verify that your hearing aids are still in place. Check that the hearing aid is still in place during and following removal of the mask.
- If you do happen to misplace a hearing aid, retrace your steps. Recruit a friend or family member to go with you.
Remember that many hearing aids that are compatible with smartphones have a “find my hearing devices” feature on their app that can help you narrow down your search. If your hearing aid is compatible with a smart phone, you may be able to use a phone app to help detect a lost hearing aid. In general, the app indicates the last time the hearing aid and phone were connected. For more information on hearing aids and face masks, visit our website at www.tustinhearingcenter.com and review our How-to Videos.