It’s an odd notion, but essential for those who wear hearing aids. Wearing a mask is a simple, preventative measure to protect yourself from the spread of COVID-19, but it can also be a pain if you wear behind-the-ear hearing aids.
Removing Your Mask
Masks with elastic straps can damage the tubing that connects your device to the speaker in your ear. Taking your mask on and off also poses the risk of knocking your hearing aids out of your ears. And if you’ve been out running errands all day, retracing your steps can get tedious.
Only remove your mask in a few, secure places, like your car or house. That way, if you do lose your hearing devices, you’ll have fewer places to search. Some hearing aids have a search application if you lose one, but limiting the places you could lose your devices will save you some serious hassle.
Get Creative With Mask Straps
There’s more than one way to create secure mask straps. Try out some of these ideas that will protect your face and reduce ear irritation.
Try a tie: If you make fabric masks, add four ties that secure behind the head. These are easily adjustable and won’t interfere with hearing aids.
Headbands: Attach buttons to the sides of a cloth headband so you can secure elastics above the ear. Look online for free sample patterns.
Elastic extenders: Extensions can be purchased or made. Try a headband, ribbon, or fabric to create an extension that will secure the elastics behind your head. You’ll still need buttons on the extension to direct the elastics away from the ears. You can also use a safety pin or paperclip if you’re in a pinch.
Hairstyles: Secure your mask with the help of your hairdo. Pull your hair into a bun or ponytail, and secure the elastic straps around the hairstyle to lift them away from your hearing aids.